Does your sofa look old and dingy? Have you noticed any dirt, stains, or odors? Does your sofa have any tears from years of wear? If any of these sounds like your current situation, then your sofa may need a professional upholstery cleaning. A professional cleaner can take care of your fabric sofa by providing it with the best cleaning possible, using the right equipment and cleaning solutions for the job. A clean upholstered chair will look as good as new and will brighten the room, making it feel more welcoming. Here are some options for cleaning a sofa that professionals will consider, depending on the fabric.
Before cleaning any upholstered furniture, it is important to know what type of fabric is used. The tags will contain this information, along with some cleaning codes that indicate the best cleaning method. Some common codes you will see include:
- W: This indicates that it is okay to use water in the cleaning process
- X: This means that no water should be used. Instead, you should vacuum the sofa to clean it.
- WS: Sofas with this code can be cleaned with a dry-cleaning solution or a mild detergent and a steam cleaner.
- S: This means that only a dry-cleaning detergent should be used.
- Deep cleaning a sofa with a dry-cleaning solution
Deep cleaning will remove any dirt and debris that has become deeply embedded in the sofa, plus any stains. Professional cleaners can choose the right cleaning solution depending on your sofa’s fabric and the type of stain that needs to be removed. They will test a small section of fabric in a hard-to-see spot first to confirm that the solution is safe for your sofa. Next, they will brush away any dust, crumbs, and dirt from the sofa to vacuum later. The cleaning solution will be applied and allowed to sit for a few minutes. The cleaning solution will then be removed using a vacuum. For touch stains, the cleaner will apply the solution directly to the stain and allow it to sit before removing it with a vacuum.
A shampoo provides the sofa with an even deeper clean. This is done using a steam or carpet cleaner. These can be used on a range of fabrics, with some exceptions such a suede. First, the sofa is vacuumed to remove any loose dirt. The cleaner will test the shampoo on a small piece of fabric to confirm that it is the right one for your sofa. The sofa cushions are removed to clean separately. The cleaner then shampoos the entire sofa and each cushion. The shampoo is allowed to sit for a few minutes, and then it is removed. Once the sofa and cushions are dry, the cushions can be put back in place.
- Simple steps for regular maintenance
There are three basic steps you can follow between professional cleanings to keep your sofa looking great:
- Use a dry brush to loosen dirt and debris
- Use your vacuum on a low setting to remove the debris you have loosened, along with any dirt that is embedded in the couch
- Flip the cushions around to keep them from looking worn quickly.
We look forward to helping you find the right upholstery cleaning method for your furniture. Get in touch with Badon’s Cleaning to discuss our variety of upholstery cleaning services. We can go over the different options available and help you choose the right one for your needs. Contact our professionals today to learn more and to receive your free price quote.