When taken care of properly, quality upholstered furniture can last for years before it needs replacing or repairing. Unfortunately, most of our furniture is prone to dirt and stains, especially if you have young children or pets.
This is why it’s so important to clean and maintain your upholstered furniture so that you can make the most out of your investment and get years (or even decades) of use out of them. Upholstery cleaning requires specific techniques that must be followed to avoid further damage and to get the best results possible.
Here are some of the biggest cleaning mistakes people make when dealing with upholstery, and why they should be avoided at all costs.
Scrubbing stains further into the fabric
With upholstery, scrubbing stains can simply force them further into the fabric and make them harder to remove. Instead of scrubbing, gently blot the affected area to soak up the moisture and avoid it soaking through.
If it’s an older, more stubborn stain, you might have to use a steam cleaner or upholstery stain cleaner instead as a more drastic measure.
Water can stain upholstered furniture so you’ll need to avoid using water to soak and remove stains as this will leave a permanent watermark. If you need to clean a large area of your upholstery, use a very small amount of water with a microfiber cloth or a steam cleaner to avoid extensive watermark damage.
Using the wrong cleaning products and tools
Cleaning your upholstered furniture with the right products and tools is extremely important, and failing to do so will do more harm than good.
Never use bleach-based cleaning products or anything that has ammonia as an ingredient on your upholstery, as this can cause discolouration, holes and tears. Make sure you know what type of fabric your furniture has been made with, and then use the appropriate products.
Furthermore, use microfibre cloths that won’t spread lint around your upholstery while you’re cleaning and that will soak up any liquids. If you need to brush or dust your furniture, use soft brushes that won’t damage the fabric and leave scratches and tears.
Applying too much heat
Depending on what type of fabric your upholstery is made from, it may not be able to handle extreme levels of heat. Silk is an example of a fabric that can be easily damaged by high heat levels, and may not be able to be steam cleaned.
If you’re unsure about how to properly clean your furniture, reach out to the manufacturer or call a professional cleaning service to get the job done right.
Using fabric protector incorrectly
Fabric protectors can be an excellent way to guard your furniture against stains and damage, especially if you live in a busy household. But, you need to make sure you’re using the right kind of product and are applying it correctly.
Different types of materials will require different types of fabric protectors, and you can’t take a one-size-fits-all approach. Over-applying can also easily lead to stains as well as wear and tear. Professionals can apply fabric protectors for you and make sure you get the best results possible.
While it may seem like a lot to remember, upholstered furniture is well worth the extra effort it takes to care for and maintain. Most companies that offer services such as carpet cleaning, rubbish removal and leather cleaning also offer upholstery services, so if you’re feeling overwhelmed don’t hesitate to call in the professionals and put your furniture in trusted hands.