Why Opt for Professional Cleaning of Upholstery
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Why Opt for Professional Cleaning of Upholstery

Unless upholstered furniture is vacuumed regularly, the material can become so dirty that drastic measures may become necessary.

Regular vacuuming is bout the best way to keep upholstery looking fresh. But you may not be motivated to vacuum upholstered furniture often enough; dust isn’t as obvious on an armchair as it is on a tabletop. Unless upholstered furniture is vacuumed regularly, the material can become so dirty that drastic measures may become necessary.

A surprisingly large number of people take the most drastic measure of all – they just throw out the soiled furniture and replace it with new furniture. According to a survey, that’s how a significant number of furniture owners dealt with the problem of soil build-up. Some took a less-drastic approach, opting for reupholstering or slipcovers. Still others choose heavy-duty overall cleaning—a far more economical solution, if it works.

There are three ways to clean upholstered furniture:

• You buy a cleaning product and apply it to the fabric by hand.

• You can buy or rent a machine that cleans carpets and upholstery.

• You can call in a professional cleaning service.

Generally, cleaning by hand means spraying upholstery cleaner on the fabric; gently rubbing the resulting foam with a damp sponge, cloth, or brush; and vacuuming the residue. The job can be time consuming, and the furniture may not turn out clean enough. Any hand cleaning product is likely to work better if the job is done before the upholstery is truly filthy.

Even those who cleaned with a machine weren’t always happy with the result, and some found a machine difficult to use. Setting up the machine, cleaning the piece of furniture, and then disassembling and cleaning the machine can be quite a lot of work.

Many furniture owners left the cleaning to a professional, but a substantial number indicated that some furniture soiling reaches the extent that even pros couldn’t get the furniture clean.

Professional Cleaning

Rates vary for Cleaning a six-foot sofa depending on where you live and whom you hire. Replacing a soiled sofa with a new one can cost a lot more, so price shouldn’t be the main criterion when you’re hiring a professional; competence should be foremost.

Expect any upholstery cleaning firm to give you a preliminary estimate over the phone, then come to the house to evaluate the furniture and spot-test it—by applying a bit of cleaner to an inconspicuous piece of the fabric – before giving a firm price quote.

A reputable company should explain the procedure and tell you what the furniture will look like after cleaning. They should outline their guarantee and voluntarily offer references.

Some professionals may prefer to “steam” clean upholstery with hot water and detergent because the results are generally better than dry cleaning with a solvent. But cleaning with water, even when it’s done by a pro, can be a risky business. Therefore, a careful cleaner will spot-test when they come to your home to determine the potential damage before quoting a firm price. If problems appear as a result of a spot-test, a professional cleaner may switch from steam cleaning to dry cleaning.

Some professional cleaners spot test on the scheduled cleaning day. That’s also an acceptable approach, as long as the tested material has time to dry thoroughly—so any defects are visible before work begins.

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Comments (5)

Great advice :)

great tips!

constantin

I totally agree with you

This are the most usual steps that customers take in order to clean their upholstery is the same for carpet cleaning too . First they try some cleaning products, then they rent the small machines ( a lot of my previews customers had problems using this machines or use to much detergence ) and in the end they call a professional cleaner to fix the problem .

Since the customer are not familiar with the fabric of the sofa or carpet they can easily run the furniture when they try co clean it . As a professional cleaning technician I explain them the cleaning process and always give them the price upfront and explain them what stains can come out and what not and everybody is happy since they know what to expect

Constantin with Procarpetservice nj

constantin

I totally agree with you

This are the most usual steps that customers take in order to clean their upholstery is the same for carpet cleaning too . First they try some cleaning products, then they rent the small machines ( a lot of my previews customers had problems using this machines or use to much detergence ) and in the end they call a professional cleaner to fix the problem .

Since the customer are not familiar with the fabric of the sofa or carpet they can easily run the furniture when they try co clean it . As a professional cleaning technician I explain them the cleaning process and always give them the price upfront and explain them what stains can come out and what not and everybody is happy since they know what to expect

Constantin with Procarpetservice nj

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