• 4 Safe Steps to Cleaning Your Furniture & Upholstery

    Is your furniture and upholstery looking less than pristine?

    A great New Year’s resolution would be to spruce up your house, spiff up the decor, clean the carpets, and freshen up the furniture and upholstery. Why furniture and upholstery? Because we often take it for granted, neglect it a bit, and yet rely on it as an integral part of our daily lives.

    Dog on furniture

    Here are the 4 steps you need to take for safe cleaning of your furniture and upholstery:

    #1: Vacuum

    The first and safest step in successfully cleaning your furniture is to carefully vacuum it, being sure to use an attachment to get into the crevices and between cushions. Get as much pet hair and dirt up as you can.

    #2: Pay Attention to the Label

    Most upholstered furniture has a cleaning code on the label with either a W, S, WS, or X. These indicate the recommended cleaning method for the fabric, which would be Water, Solvent, Wet/Dry Solvent, or X for vacuum only. If you feel like pushing the envelope and going against the recommendation, it’s advised to do a little test cleaning with whatever product you choose to use on an area of the furniture that isn’t easily visible.

    #3: Choose a Product

    Once you know what type of cleaning method is safe for the fabric on your furniture, it’s time to choose a product. There are a lot of different upholstery cleaners on the market. Consider whether you’ll be doing it by hand or with a machine. Choose the product that best suits your method.

    #4: Use a Professional

    The truth about upholstery cleaning is that it’s a lot of work and it can be a guessing game, one with serious consequences if you guess wrong. Instead of testing and trying and hoping you get the cleaning product and the cleaning method right without wrecking your furniture, the safest way to clean your upholstery and get it done effectively and efficiently is by trusting a professional.

    For the best upholstery cleaning and care, click here to find out what Whitehall Carpet Cleaners has to offer.

    By: Matt Lashway Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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