Techniques For Upholstery Cleaning

By: Alberto Maeses

When something stains or otherwise soils upholstery, maintaining cleanliness can be a tall order. Upholstered furniture and carpeting may provide a delicate, soothing texture, but its porous component absorbs almost anything, and it is not easy extract things out. Even odours can be difficult to get rid of, since particles are confined between the threads, down below the surface area.

Vacuums work great for removing dirt and dust that builts up and which accumulate on top of the upholstery, but that is the best they can accomplish - rake the loose dirt off the surface, they are not capable of penetrating deeply into the layers of the fabric to to get rid of all particles stuck into the area. This causes a situation where the upholstery looks clean upon first glance, but marks will never come out , smells will remain, and all the dirt sticks - you just can't see it.

One of the best tips for cleaning upholstery that you'll ever hear is to get down deep into the layers using an extractor or shampooer. Such can be purchased for as low as one hundred dollars, in the case of Bissell's Little Green Clean Machine, which is a dual tank, heated extractor that comes with cleaning solution. The procedure involves the use of a high temperature liquid cleaning solution which is injected to the upholstery, then it is vacuumed out in the same pass. Coming out with the liquid are the dirt, grime and smell. Once dry, you're left with fresh, bright carpets that smell like they are brand new.

If you have to consider a wider coverage, you may need to tap a more powerful unit - such as the large red Rug Doctor machines that many supermarkets have for rent. These are not appropriate for tiny cracks or hole, but if you deal with big carpets and rugs,using such machines makes sense.

When applying vacuum, make one pass, then pound the upholstery with the palm of your hand to push more amount of dirt to the surface for the next pass. This is a trick many auto detailers apply daily.

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Written by Alberto Maeses. Now you can learn all about Furniture Cleaning Franchise as well as Upholstery Cleaning

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