What Is the Best Way to Clean Upholstered Furniture?

By Ken Strid, Owner of Cleancare of Boulder.

Are you like some homeowners who may not realize that steam cleaning furniture is possible?  Just like steam cleaning of carpets, it can extend the life of many items in the house and make them healthier to live with. Yes, there are products that a consumer can use to clean basic spots and spills on fabrics. But, these are not as effective as professional steam cleaning services.  An expert professional who is trained to treat household textiles knows what is the best way to clean upholstered furniture and will be able to remove more dirt, debris, odor, and stains than anyone equipped with a general cleaning chemical bought at the grocery store. They will also know how to clean each particular fabric you may have,  Hiring a pro avoids using the wrong chemical and causing fabric damage such as color loss, color bleeding, shrinkage and fabric degradation. His equipment will also use the right amount of moisture. Using too much water can also cause damage to your upholstered furniture.

No rented machine from the hardware or grocery store can match the ability of a professional’s equipment for extracting deeply imbedded soil and removing stubborn stains.  Did you know that using too much water or detergent can cause damage? One of the most common mistakes homeowners make when steam cleaning furniture themselves is using too much liquid on the fabric. Fabric on your furniture is very thin. If you use too much water or cleaning chemicals, it all goes into the cushion and stays there. Your rented machine will not be able to recover it once it gets below the fabric. Mold growth or odors can occur if too much moisture is used, which will require a professional to remove.  And mold remediation charges are ALWAYS higher than what a professional cleaner will cost.

No matter what you do, textiles in the home pick up dirt.  Dust mites and possibly microbes can grow if they are exposed to food or other organic substances.  You know how food can collect in your couch if you have kids.  Just lift up a sofa cushion and you’ll see!  Animal hair has an odor and also contains oil.  Even if pets are not allowed on the furniture, their shed hair gets implanted in the fabric by them rubbing against it and by hair drifting through the air. Your bare skin on your arms, legs and feet will also imbed oil into your furniture's fabric. These oils attract soil and your fabric becomes dingy and even dark with dirt over time. If never cleaned, furniture can also cause health issues for those that are sensitive or have weakened immune systems. Because of this, steam cleaning furniture can deliver real health benefits to the home as well as aesthetic value.  With a trained professional, it can be done cost effectively and quickly. 

So how do you hire the “right” professional? When hiring professionals for steam cleaning furniture, sticking with technicians that are properly certified is a wise move. This best stamp of approval is the IICRC seal. Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification certified technicians can be trusted to act in good faith and operate using the best possible practices. The IICRC oversees companies in the upholstery and floor cleaning industry. The IICRC determines, after much testing, what kinds of equipment are the most effective at removing debris and leaving the carpet and fabric spotless. Technicians holding certification with the IICRC must have several years in the industry and proven themselves to be able to do the job effectively, upholding the standards set forth. Their certification ensures that they are up to date and current on the most effective cleaning methods in the industry and what is the best way to clean upholstered furniture.  At Cleancare of Boulder, we hold "Master Cleaner" status from the IICRC.

Almost every upholstered furniture steam cleaner will also be able to perform other services for you, the homeowner, if you need that. It’s common for professional textile cleaners to also offer carpet cleaning. They may also be able to handle odors left behind by water or fire damage.  They can also clean and seal ceramic, porcelain and stone tile floors and grout as well. And at Cleancare, we also have a rug washing service for all of your fine, wool and antique rugs that require special procedures above and beyond wall to wall carpet steam cleaning.

For more information on what is the best way to clean upholstered furniture, call 303-530-0646 or go to cleancareboulder.com.


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