You may be used to cleaning carpets from time to time, but what about furniture? Surprisingly, upholstered furniture needs a good cleaning just as much as carpeting. Below are the exact reasons why regular upholstery cleaning should be on your to-do list.
Does a member of your family suffer from severe allergies? Your cushions could be the culprit. Children and pets are especially prone to picking up pollen when they play outside, and of course, all covers are susceptible to dust mites. You can even get mold on your furniture, which causes a whole host of allergy symptoms. Not to mention pet dander if there are cats and dogs in the family. If you have itchy or watery eyes, sneezing fits, or eczema on your skin indoors, you should have the furniture cleaned immediately.
Depending on how busy your home is, you will notice that dirt accumulates on your furniture over time. This may be dirt from the street or food spilled by children while watching a movie on TV. Even if this dirt is not harmful to your health, it will have a negative effect on the appearance of your furniture.
Many types of liquids may have seeped into the fibers of your upholstery: babies’ sneezes, puppies’ saliva, or your spouse’s sweat. These liquids may not be visible to the naked eye once they dry, but they still live in your furniture. Over time, they can make your sofa or rocking chair smell. A thorough cleaning of your upholstery is the only way to get rid of these liquids and the unpleasant smell they cause.
Bacteria can grow on almost any surface, including your upholstery. The problem with bacteria is that they can make you and your pets seriously ill. Some of the bacteria that can colonize your upholstery are MRSA, influenza, and VRE (Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci). A thorough cleaning is necessary to kill the bacteria and prevent future illness.
Extending the life of the furniture
To extend the life of your furniture, clean the upholstery regularly. In the long run, it is much more economical to maintain existing furniture than to replace it when it becomes unsightly and worn. Also, if you want to sell your furniture in the future to replace it, you will get a better price if it has been well maintained.
– If you are dry cleaning a set of loose covers, you should always clean the whole set, otherwise, the color change will be uneven.
– Ideally, cushions should be refilled daily. If this rule is followed and the fabric cushions are turned over regularly, there will be less wear and tear and the cushions will remain in good condition.
– Avoid sitting on the armrests of sofas or chairs.
– Do not place your furniture too close to a heat source or in direct sunlight, as this will discolor the fabric and leather and accelerate their deterioration.
– Do not pull or cut threads. Use a needle or pin to carefully guide the thread to the back of the fabric.
Clean the furniture at least once a week with a soft brush or a low-powered vacuum cleaner. However, never use a vacuum cleaner to clean feather and down cushions, as this may damage the filling. Do not use soap or detergents to clean non-removable covers as they may cause discoloration. If the filling under the fabric becomes wet, it can cause staining and damage the interior. For more thorough cleaning, you will need to hire a company that specializes in cleaning upholstery.
It is best to start cleaning upholstery once a season, which is four times a year. Upholstered furniture that is suitable for this service includes sofas, armchairs, and upholstered kitchen chairs. If you have chairs in your office or bedroom, don’t forget them. So put aside the sofa covers and make your sofa and chair look new again by arranging your first furniture cleaning.