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Upholstery Cleaning Advice

As well as having your carpets professionally deep-cleaned on a regular basis, it’s important that you look after your upholstery too. Caring for your fabric upholstered furniture correctly will keep it looking good and will also help it to last much longer too. Here are some useful tips on how to look after your fabric upholstered furniture.

  • If something is spilled on your furniture, don’t leave it till later to deal with! The sooner a spill is tackled, the more chance there is that you’ll be able to prevent it from staining the fabric. Always blot the spill, rather than rubbing or scrubbing it. Blotting will lift the substance, whereas scrubbing will spread it.
  • Turn cushions regularly whenever possible in order to minimise wear and tear on one side only.
  • If possible, don’t position your furniture where it can be damaged by direct sunlight. If you do place a chair or sofa right under a window, always close your curtains or blinds on sunny days to protect the fabric from sun damage.
  • Don’t leave printed items such as newspapers on your furniture; the dye can easily be transferred to the fabric.
  • Be very careful if using nail varnish or make-up when you’re sitting on your upholstered furniture. It’s all-too easy to spill cosmetics, and they can be extremely difficult to get out of fabric.
  • Vacuum your furniture at least once a week using the soft brush or upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Remove the cushions so that you can vacuum underneath them; vacuum the cushions themselves, not forgetting the arms, back and underneath of the furniture.

Professional cleaning

It’s recommended that you have your upholstery professionally cleaned every year. This will help the fabric to retain its colour and will also delay the ageing process. It’s a good idea to have a stain protector treatment applied to your furniture at the time you have it cleaned. This can stop spills from penetrating the fabric, thus preventing damage by staining. Bear in mind that the stain protection will wear off between cleans, so you’ll need to have it reapplied at the next professional clean.

In conclusion

Always have your fabric upholstered furniture professionally cleaned annually, and follow the helpful advice given above between cleans to keep your furniture in good condition. In the event of discovering a stubborn stain, don’t hesitate to give your local professional cleaning firm a call for some free advice.

Professional vs Rented Carpet Cleaning Machines

When you decide to have your carpets cleaned, you might consider doing the job yourself using a rental machine from your local supermarket, rather than paying more for a professional company to do the work. But what’s the difference between using a rental machine and hiring a professional carpet cleaning company?

Rental machines

Rental machines simply do not compare with those used by professional carpet cleaning firms. They are underpowered and not particularly effective. This means that your carpets will be left wet and may shrink or become discoloured.

The chemicals supplied to be used with rental machines are cheap and cheerful, failing to shift stains and even damaging your carpets.

The professional cleaning process

A professional carpet cleaning firm will have paid thousands for their equipment and will employ highly-trained, competent staff. This means that you can expect a high-quality job for the price you pay. So what can you expect from the cleaning process?

1. The company will carry out a pre-inspection of your carpets. This process entails identifying the fibre and construction of the carpets, and the identification of any existing stains.

2. On the day of the job, operatives will move any large items of furniture for you as necessary.

3. Your carpets will be surface-cleaned with a powerful industrial vacuum cleaner.

4. In areas of heavy traffic, a special pre-conditioning agent is applied to help break down heavy soiling. Any individual stains are treated with the correct chemicals to ensure that they are removed completely.

5. Your carpets are steam-cleaned using a top-spec, super-powerful carpet cleaning machine. This machine removes all the dirt, allergens and stains from your carpets, whilst simultaneously sucking out any moisture, thus avoiding over-wetting.

6. A thorough inspection will follow where any stubborn stains are treated again with powerful, specialist products.

7. Your carpets are then groomed with a professional grooming tool. Grooming not only helps the carpet to dry, it also lifts the carpet pile, leaving your carpets looking fluffy and as good as new.

8. A final inspection will be carried out to ensure that you are happy with the work. If required, a stain protector treatment will be applied.

In conclusion

As you can see, there really is no comparison between having your carpets professionally cleaned and doing the job yourself using a cheap, rental machine!