Fabric Upholstery Cleaning Fabric Upholstery Cleaning

What You'll Need
Vacuum
Fabric cleaning detergents (liquid/spray)
Lint-free rags
Dry cleaning cloths
Steamer (optional)

Fabric upholstery cleaning is a procedure that everyone has to go through in their homes. Sometimes we might take some cleaning jobs for granted and focus more on general cleaning such as dusting and washing the floor. However we obviously have several other cleaning requirements dealing with fabrics, including washing curtains, cleaning carpets, sofas and cushions amongst others. Where fabric is involved a great deal of care must be taken in cleaning.

Upholstery basically involves any fabric involved in stuffing and covering sofas, chairs and other furniture. Consequently this can involve several types of fabrics which require different treatments.

Step 1 – Determine the Fabric Type

Make sure you know the type of fabric you are dealing with and the best cleaning methods applicable to it. You may wish to ask professional cleaners for suggestions, and whenever you purchase furniture which involves fabric make sure to ask the sales person how to best clean the fabric.

Step 2 – Keep it Dust-Free

Keep it dust-free much as possible. You will need to use a dusting brush or an appropriate hand held vacuum cleaner on a regular basis. Steam cleaners can also help to clean fabric upholstery. Where removable cushions or seats are involved, make sure to remove them to clean their sides and underneath them.

Step 3 - Using Mild Detergents

Most fabrics can be cleaned by using water and a mild detergent. Sometimes vinegar is also a useful cleaning tool. However, certain fabric upholstery has refined types of materials and requires professional cleaning services such as dry cleaning. If the particular furniture does not allow the fabric to be removed you may have to call professional cleaners to visit your house and treat the fabric properly.

Step 4 – Take Special Care When Using Stronger Products

Whenever you choose to use a particular cleaning product make sure that you test the product on a small, unnoticeable area of the fabric to check that no damage is done to the fabric. Certain products may have components that may not be suitable for your fabric upholstery and might cause discoloring or fading. Other cleaning products may even cause shrinkage problems.

Step 5 – Avoid Foods and Drinks

Try to avoid eating and drinking near your fabric upholstered furniture so as to prevent possible accidents and damage. If you happen to notice a stain, act immediately to remove it.

The longer the stain stays on the fabric the more difficult it will be to remove it. Make sure to follow the labels on the fabric and any instructions provided by the manufacturer or seller at the time of purchasing. Start by using the mildest of products first and patch-testing each time.

Other methods such as home dry cleaning cloths are also available, which are gently rubbed over the upholstery. These cloths are suitable to clean up small and undemanding stains.

Step 6 – Keep Emergency Cleaning Products Handy

Make sure to keep available in the house any ideal cleaning product in cases of emergencies. Most cleaning products are usually in the form of liquid sprays which when sprayed on the stain or spill will foam up. You should then rub the foam softly with a clean cloth into the fabric. Leave it to dry for some time, in order to help their ingredients to act on the stain and hopefully manage to remove it. Afterward you can either wipe it away or vacuum it.

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