Basic and Simplified Guide to Cleaning Upholstery

Car owners, and those who take pride in their furniture, you know the significance of being able to identify different cleaning methods for different materials. Cleaning businesses, you have to take into consideration everything from carpet to upholstery cleaning if you want to have expand your outreach and skillset.

This article will give you some basic tips for cleaning upholstery efficiently, but without too much hustle.

Cleaning upholstery efficiently in 3 easy steps

Step 1Identify the material

Sometimes, you’ll be faced with a cleaning job of materials that you’re not familiar with, so you need to identify it. In these situations, if Google doesn’t offer much help, the other option is to snip a piece of it from a place that’s not visible, like the zipper or a cushion with excess fabric.

Now separate a thread and burn it. If it melts, the material is synthetic, if it doesn’t, it’s natural. Now, according to the way it burns, you can find out more about it. For example, if it burns quickly, you have rayon. Otherwise, if the ashes are grey, you might have cotton or wool.

Generally, natural materials should be cleaned with a low-moisture or a dry method, while synthetic ones can be easily be cleaned with a wet method as they are able to withstand the pressure, and not change consistency in material, as plastic and other synthetic based materials can withstand water.

Set 2—Dye stability

At ALV Services, we’re big on spot testing. As usual, save yourself the stress of having to replace an entire collection of material, and just pick a small section where you can experiment.

What you’re looking for is if the they will transfer to another material, like a towel, if it gets wet. If this happens, it means that the cleaner you used isn’t suitable for the material. You have to find an alternative or, if nothing fits, just leave it to the professionals. ALV offer an upholstery cleaning service, we have all the right tools and methods so you don’t need to.

Step 3—Material construction

Now look at how the fabric is constructed. What backing does it have, are there any possible dangers you should be aware of? Hazards could be anything from coloured threads running behind a surface, to any type of writing or sensitive latex on your fabric.

Watching out for these could save you from an expensive replacement of your upholstery, Loose threads, coloured threads that may have used a unique kind of dye, printed or embroidered text, or irregularities in fabric, are all factors that could affect what kind of tools and equipment you have to use to clean it.

If you go through all these steps before actually cleaning the upholstery, you have all the chances to finish the job well. You have all the information you need to choose the right cleaner so no parts of the fabric get ruined.

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