When to Clean Your Upholstery
Upholstery, especially couches, are magnets for dirt, allergens, bacteria, stains, and germs. Fabric traps all these unwanted problems on your furniture, and you should have it cleaned at least once or twice a year, depending on usage and if you have pets.
And if you do happen to have a dog or cat, this adds a whole new level of dirtiness to your upholstery. Hair, drool, urine, feces, and the smell of dog can wreak havoc on your favorite sofa.
So what is the best, most efficient way to clean your upholstery of all these problems without wrecking the fabric by shrinking, wrinkling, or making the colours run? Petsafe Vancouver Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning is the answer!
Petsafe professional carpet and upholstery cleaning Vancouver use high-powered truck-mounted steam cleaning units that reach temperatures of up to two hundred degrees Fahrenheit that eliminate dirt and bacteria. Our carpet and upholstery cleaning units also provide the strongest vacuum suction available.
But what do you do if you spill a little wine on your sectional sofa or your pet has an accident on your favorite white loveseat? And you’re not ready for a professional upholstery cleaning quite yet?
Don’t worry! Here are a few tips and tricks to give your furniture a good touch-up in between a Petsafe Vancouver professional carpet and upholstery cleaning
Know Your Upholstery Cleaning Code
Starting in 1969, furniture makers began adding tags to help you determine the safest and best upholstery cleaning method. Take the time to find the label and follow the cleaning instructions. If there is no label, you will need to test a hidden area to see how the material will react if treated. One thing to keep in mind is that you NEVER want to over-wet the material. Too much moisture can cause mold and mildew to grow inside the cushions that can be a potential health risk near impossible to fix.
These fabrics can be cleaned with water-based cleaning solutions.
Use ONLY a water-free method or dry cleaning to remove dirt and stains. Also note, these solvents are often toxic or flammable, so be careful when upholstery cleaning using this method.
Code W / S
The upholstery can be cleaned using either the water-based or solvent-based method.
When you see Code X, avoid cleaning agents or chemicals, these fabrics should ONLY be cleaned by vacuuming or by a professional carpet and upholstery cleaner. If you try cleaning any upholstery with an X label, you run a severe risk of staining, shrinking, or permanently damaging your furniture.
What You Will Need
- Dishwashing Soap
- Warm Water
- Sponge or Microfibre Towel (2)
- Dry Cleaning Agent ( Only if the upholstery tag is labeled “S” )
Vacuum the Upholstery
The best thing you can do regularly to keep your upholstery looking clean and fresh is vacuuming. No matter what type of fabric your furniture is made of, doing this weekly will help remove dust, allergens, and dirt and keep your sofas looking fresh.
Choose the Right Vacuum
When possible, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to capture as many allergens, pet dander, and dust as possible. Also, make sure your vacuum has a handheld attachment.
Vacuum the Sides
Start with taking the handheld attachment of the vacuum and slowly go over every inch of the upholstery. Don’t forget the lower parts and the backside, even if it’s against a wall.
Vacuum the Cushions
Use the crevice tool to clean in between the cushion and the frame. And if your furniture has removable cushions, make sure you thoroughly vacuum all sides.
Don’t forget to tilt the couch over and vacuum under the furniture. This is also the perfect time to clean the flooring beneath.
Spot Clean Stains
Now is the time to give your upholstery a good look over and target any specific stains you see.
Blot away moisture and remove solids
When stains are liquid and wet, use a paper towel and blot away as much wetness as possible. Never rub in stains, as this will only push the problem deeper into the fibers and set it in. When a more solid mess such as ketchup or mayo falls on your upholstery, use a dull knife or card to lift away as much of the spill as possible. Then after it dries, you can use a soft-bristled brush to loosen any dried-up debris.
Prepare Your Cleaning Solution
By now, you should know your upholstery cleaning code. If the furniture can be cleaned with a water-based solution, mix a couple of teaspoons of dishwashing liquid into a cup of warm water in a bowl. Then use your whisk to create a few suds.
Now that your water-based solution is ready, now is the time to take your sponge or microfibre cloth and dip it into your cleaning solution and rub away the stain. Keep changing to a clean area of the sponge or rag as the stain is transferred. You don’t want to spread the problem worse than it is.
Rinse and Dry
After treating the stain as best you can, now remove as much of the soap as possible. Rinsing is a crucial step, as any soap or solution left in your upholstery can leave it sticky and prime to attract even more soil than initially. Dip your sponge or towel in clean, clear water and blot away any cleaning solution. This step will need to be repeated a few times to remove all the solution, and also be sure to dry it thoroughly in-between to avoid overwetting your cushions causing possible mold.
Note – If your furniture has a tag marked “S” and requires a dry cleaning solvent, carefully follow the directions on the label.
Your furniture is where you and your family spend most of your time. As such, these pieces of upholstery need regular cleaning, or they can become quite dingy and beat-up over time. Keeping on top of the vacuuming and spot cleaning yourself in-between professional upholstery cleanings is a great way to keep your couches looking great for years.
But remember, nothing at home can replace the suction, power, and steam of a Petsafe Vancouver professional carpet cleaning and Upholstery Cleaning.