When you’ve got kids and pets, your couches and sofas won’t be in as good condition as they were when you first brought them. Spillage of drinks & food and pet fur give upholstery an unpleasant look but with our quick and easy cleaning tips, you can give them that great look again.
The first step to any upholstery clean is to vacuum them first. It doesn’t have to be perfect but a vacuum will remove any surface dirt, dust, hair and fur (if you’ve got a pet!) and this will bring the colour back in a matter of minutes. Vacuuming upholstery regularly will make your couch or sofa look presentable and will ensure that any dirt and dust stays on the surface and won’t settle through the cushions. Also remember to remove the cushions when vacuuming as well, as a lot of dirt and dust will end up at the bottom.
Checking Cleaning Instructions
Before you decide to clean your upholstery yourself it’s important to check if there’s any labels on the couch on how to clean them. This is important as upholstery is made with different materials and therefore may need different cleaning solutions to ensure they are cleaned properly.
Create a cleaning solution using warm water and a bit of dish soap. Using a wrung out cloth with the soapy water, lightly wipe and blot down the surfaces of the upholstery. Ensure, if there’s any stains, especially new ones, to not rub them as this will push the stain further into the fibres of the upholstery and will make it worse.
Rinse the cloth whenever it looks dirty and repeat the process until your couch or sofa is looking better. If stains are still apparent, you may need to purchase cleaning chemicals designed to remove stains, chemicals such as vodka and vinegar may also do the trick depending on the material.
Lastly, let the cushions air out so they can dry, you can also use a fan for them to dry faster if the upholstery is inside your home.
There you go, these are the steps to cleaning upholstery. If these steps don’t work or the stains are still apparent, it may be a good idea to give us a call. Service King are experts at cleaning upholstery and have the tools and equipment to eradicate stains and dirt from your couch or sofa.
Our current upholstery cleaning services include:
- Steam cleaning
- Stain removal
- Soil Guard
- Scotch Guard
- Fabric Guard
- Conditioning and polishing leather furniture
- Furniture deodorising