Keeping Upholstery Clean

It is difficult to keep up with the task of making sure upholstered furniture is clean and odor free. We use our upholstered furniture every day, yet they do not receive the same care and maintenance as our carpets and rugs. The truth is that our upholstered furniture gathers the same amount of dirt and grime as does our carpets. You’ll notice a buildup of dust on your coffee tables and end tables within a few days of being dusted. That same dust and dirt has gathered on your upholstered furniture, but is almost impossible to detect. This dust embeds itself into the fibers of the upholstery and can build up over time, causing problems for allergy sufferers.

Often times, people will not think to have their upholstered furniture professionally cleaned until they notice the fabric has become dingy and dull. But there are ways to keep your furniture looking newer for longer. Surprisingly, these tips are ones you probably already follow to keep your carpet looking fresh and vibrant. Applying the tips and tricks that you use to maintain the cleanliness of your carpet to your upholstered furniture will protect your investment and keep your furniture looking the best it can for an extended period of time.

Vacuum your sofas, loveseats and upholstered chairs regularly. The dirt you remove from your carpet with normal vacuums can also be removed from your upholstered furniture. You may not be able to see the dirt and dust that has fallen on the upholstery, but it is there. Without regular vacuuming, the dirt will build up and cause the upholstery to become dull and discolored – not to mention smelly. People who own pets should be especially mindful of vacuuming their upholstered furniture as often as they vacuum their carpets. Offensive pet odors are easily trapped inside the fibers of upholstered furniture when they are not subject to periodic vacuuming. Once these odors and dirt particles become embedded in the fibers of the furniture, it is much more difficult to remove and can only be done properly by a professional steam cleaner or shampooer.

Be sure to clean spills quickly and thoroughly. Accidents will happen, and anyone with children will tell you that a cup of grape juice will somehow find its way onto the couch. We can’t catch every accident before they happen, but you can be proactive in treating the stains they can cause. Do not let any spills dry into the upholstery. Once the stain is set, it is very difficult – if not impossible – to remove. Blot the spill with a damp white cloth. Do not rub the stain, as that will cause it to dive deeper into the fibers of the fabric and further damage the upholstery. Use a spot cleaner, but be sure to read the label to make sure it is safe on the specific fabric you have. You can also test out the spot cleaner on an inconspicuous area of the upholstery first to see if it dries without leaving a mark. The same advice for spills also applies to pet urine.

Finally, make sure to keep upholstered furniture out of direct sunlight. If there’s one thing a professional carpet and upholstery cleaning company can’t remedy, it’s color fading due to exposure to UV light. A sheer, light-colored curtain will usually diffuse the light enough to keep your upholstered furniture vibrant while still providing adequate natural light to the room.

If all else fails, you can always contact a professional upholstery cleaning company. They will use industrial strength cleaners that are safe your children and pets, and will restore your upholstered furniture to like-new condition. You’ll be amazed that your furniture could look so vibrant again, and you won’t have to spend a lot of money replacing that dingy old couch.

Mark it Clean Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning is your one-stop shop for professional-grade carpet and upholstery cleaning. Our team of experienced professionals use the latest equipment and techniques to get your carpets and furniture looking like new again. We understand that accidents happen, so we offer a wide range of services to meet your needs, including pet stain removal, odor removal, and more. Contact us today for a free consultation!

Mark it Clean Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
520 W Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90806
(562) 726-2929

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