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06/08/2017

Tips to Help You Care for Your Upholstery

The majority of households have at least a few upholstered items in their home. While this type of furniture may look nice and be very comfortable, the real challenge comes when it's time to clean it. Although it is possible to take care of the cleaning yourself, it may not always be the easiest way to get this done. Use these tips to ensure your upholstery stays at its best for longer.

Read and Understand the Tag

All upholstery should include a tag with basic care instructions. Before trying any cleaning products on your upholstery, first look for the tag to be sure you won't cause any damage. Most tags are located under a cushion or in a hidden spot. If you can't find the tag after a thorough search, try locating care instructions on the manufacturer's website. Once you have located the tags, you may notice a letter or a combination of letters trying to tell you something. These letters will most likely either be a W, an S, a WS/SW, or an X, but what do they mean? W: If you see a W on the tag, this means your upholstery can be safely cleaned using water-based cleaning products. This type of upholstery is easier to spot clean yourself without much risk of damage. S: If there is an S on your tag, this means your upholstery should be cleaned using a solvent or water-free product. An example of these types of products is a dry cleaning solvent. Avoid using water-based products on this type of upholstery since these can cause damage and leave behind water marks. Be very careful if attempting to clean this type of upholstery yourself since some solvents can be toxic. WS/SW: If you see a combination of the previous two letters, this means you can use either a water based product or a solvent. There is potential for damage, so it's best to test your chosen cleaning product on a hidden part of your upholstery. X: Unfortunately, if you see an X on your tag, this means neither of the previously mentioned products can be used on your upholstery. This type of upholstery can be quite tough to clean so it's best to leave it to the professionals. Keep in mind that sometimes even professional services can struggle with this type of upholstery, so do your research before hiring any cleaners. If your upholstery is looking like it needs some help, Fairbanks Cleanpro has the solution. The next time you're scheduling your carpet cleaning, be sure to also ask about their upholstery care services. To schedule your next appointment, contact them at (907) 388- 7768.

Prepare Your Upholstery for a Cleaning

If you're going to attempt a DIY upholstery cleaning, keep in mind that your upholstery should be prepped before you get started. Much like with a carpet cleaning, your upholstery needs to be vacuumed first. Use your vacuum attachments to get into all the crevices so that you can remove as much dirt and debris as possible. This is very important because, although you may not be able to see the dirt, it can cause more stains once it gets wet. When using your vacuum attachments, be very careful not to use any abrasive brushes that can damage your upholstery.

Know How to Take Care of Spills

Even if you're careful, you may still encounter spills and stains on your upholstery. The best way to prevent these stains from setting is acting right away to remove them. If you drop something solid on your upholstery, do your best to scoop it all up without spreading the stain. Wet or liquid stains should be blotted with a clean, dry washcloth. This will help you absorb as much of the stain causing agent as possible. Avoid rubbing the stained area because this can spread the stain and even cause damage to your upholstery.

Simple Upholstery Maintenance

To avoid dingy or dirty looking upholstery, there are simple steps you can take that really do make a difference. Start by vacuuming your upholstery regularly. This should be done once a week or at the very least every two weeks. Doing this will remove dirt, dust, pet hair, and other debris that can cause your upholstery to look dingy. Another way to keep your upholstery looking like new and smelling great for a long time is by having it professionally cleaned at least once a year. If you have pets who love to snuggle up on your upholstered furniture, you may need to get it professionally cleaned more often. Remember to check your warranty for rules about professional cleanings. For tips that can help you choose the right upholstery textiles for your home, click here.

The Best Carpet Cleaning Service in Fairbanks

To keep your carpets looking great and your upholstery looking like new, contact the professionals at Fairbanks Cleanpro. Give them a call at (907) 388- 7768 learn about these services and all of the additional services they provide.

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