Australian households spend a fortune on unique, designer couches and sofa suites. For whatever reason, however, they neglect to properly maintain that new, sofa suite look. A poorly maintained couch can be of great detriment to the interior of your lounge room, and in the worst case scenario, can create a culture for bacteria and mould to prosper.
Attempting to clean your priced furniture without being informed of the dangers, can also further degrade your sofa suite. Excessive water use, or using the wrong cleaning appliances, can prove to be futile in removing stains, and also permanently damage the material. As the premier remover of both stain and water damage Melbourne wide, we’ve come up with a few tips that will ensure that your upholstery looks as good as the day you bought it.
Choosing the Right Cleaning Products
There are many cleaning products to choose from on the market today, and it can be quite daunting to select the appropriate one from such a large, available selection. Dedicated fabric shampoos will lift the grease and dirt that sits on the surface of your upholstery, refreshing the look of the furniture as a result. Also note what type of fabric your upholstery is made of, as using the wrong product can cause colour bleeding, especially for silk fabrics.
Upholstery Cleaning Appliances
Standard vacuum cleaners can lift the upholstery off the seams of the couch, causing an undesirable, sagging appearance. They can also be inefficient in removing any water if their suction power isn’t high enough, causing brown marks and allowing for mould to grow. There are many handheld, shampoo vacuum cleaners out there that will make the task of cleaning your upholstery much easier.
Dedicated upholstery cleaners will help you target the specific stain, without lifting the fabric. Because their suction is more concentrated in a smaller area, they will also effectively remove any water or other liquid substance out of the fabric. Regardless, it’s always beneficial to keep in mind that many upholstery fabrics are very thin, and that it’s important to exercise caution when vacuuming.
Drying and Settling the Fabric
A common problem that we find is the immediate use of the piece of furniture straight after the cleaning process. The fabric will need time to settle, and immediate use can cause sagging of the fabric and also hinder it from drying properly. The drying and settling process only takes a few hours, but if not done for the required time, can irreparably damage your upholstery!
Talking to the Professionals
Whilst we have provided a few tips to maintain your upholstery, there is still no substitute for regular deep cleaning to maintain that new, suite look. Professional upholstery cleaners will be able to specifically target areas that have degraded due to general wear and tear, and be able to refresh the damaged area to its original condition.
At Jena’s Carpet Cleaning, we are able to do just that, and our previous examples of a fine refurbishment of luxury couches and sofa suites, show why we’re the best providers of water damage restoration Melbourne wide. Our expert upholstery cleaners know which shampoos and cleaning appliances are best suited for any job, and we are more than happy to extend this knowledge on to you.