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5 of the best upholstery cleaning tips you need


Furniture is an important element of every home decor. Coming in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and fabrics, furniture is what gives that pleasant feeling of being at home and able to relax. But as with any other household aspect, our furniture needs to be maintained and kept in a good condition. The regular upholstery cleaning is paramount if you want to enjoy a fresh home and a feeling of comfort. 

Professional detergents can become your most faithful assistant in cleaning any upholstered furniture at home. The stronger the detergent, the shorter the fight with the dirt will be and it will end in a complete victory for you! Having said that, upholstery cleaning might not be for everyone, especially when it comes to more expensive and special fabrics. 

Therefore, while diving in the following cleaning tips, consider the use of a professional upholstery cleaning service.  


Types of upholstery

Cotton fabric requires special care not to let the stuffing get wet inside and under the fabric. The liquid should be carefully rubbed into the fabric of velvet, corrugated and suede coverings and after an hour combed with a soft brush and dried with a hair dryer.

In any procedure for cleaning upholstered furniture, avoid using a large amount of water because this causes the appearance of mould. Some models of upholstered furniture are made of new, innovative textiles. Damask can be cleaned more easily and does not allow liquids to penetrate into the deeper layers.


1. How to clean textile upholstery?

Before applying the textile upholstery detergent, the surface is cleaned with a vacuum cleaner. Depending on the pollution, the preparation is diluted in a ratio of 1:6 to 1:15. It is worked with a brush or with a spray-extraction machine. The detergent is left to work for about 40 minutes and then the foam, together with the dirt, is removed with a vacuum cleaner. After drying, the treated surface should be vacuumed again.

The professional upholstery detergents deal with all kinds of dirt. They are suitable for use on vertical surfaces. For the optimal formation of a nice foam, the preparations should be kept at room temperature. Shake well and spray from a distance of 15 to 20 cm on the surfaces to be cleaned.

Before using any detergent however, it is advisable to do a test in an inconspicuous place for compatibility. In case of particularly stubborn dirt, it is sometimes necessary to repeat the cleaning process.


2. How to clean leather upholstery?

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Leather upholstery offers a premium look and feel of luxury. But it is more demanding, and after a certain period of time due to intensive use, cracks, wrinkles and marks form on the skin.

Most cleaning solutions on the market disinfect, moisturise and protect the skin from premature ageing. Of course, the preparations have a pleasant smell. If you are persistent and use enough solution, you can get excellent results!


3. How to clean the car seats upholstery?

The interior of the car is just as important as the exterior and should be maintained properly. It should be clean and smell nice, to make it comfortable for the passengers and the driver. 

The car seats cleaning detergents are sprayed directly onto the upholstered elements and work almost instantly. You should use a cloth to clean the items, preferably in a circular motion. They act effectively on stains of any kind, removing not only dirt, but also unpleasant odours. They guarantee thorough hygiene and cleaning of the car’s interior. It is a good idea to use car cosmetics tested and recommended by other users.


4. How to clean pet hair from the upholstery?

If you have a four-legged pet, you certainly know how much hair it leaves behind. Put rubber gloves on your hands and wet them well. Then run your fingers over the upholstery just a few times. The fur should adhere to the rubber gloves. Collect and discard, then, if necessary, repeat the entire process.


5. How to use upholstery cleaning chemicals?

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It is recommended to use solutions specially designed for the given surface or for a certain material. Online stores or even supermarkets are full of chemicals for cleaning and washing upholstery. Most are universal and of good quality. Do not use strong substances such as solvents, stain removers or bleaches that can cause deformation of the damask.

Any type of upholstery should be cleaned thoroughly before washing. It’s worth it, because vacuuming the upholstery will only take you a few minutes and will make the whole process much easier. Then you can apply the foam and start cleaning. Use a special cloth or sponge so that the foam penetrates deep into the material. 

The preparation is applied to the entire surface. Rinse with a clean cloth dampened with water. You need to completely remove the foam. Dry with a vacuum cleaner and a hair dryer. The vacuum cleaner will remove the rest of the foam and water from the upholstery, and the air from the hair dryer will complete the drying process. 


Final thoughts 

To enjoy freshly looking and spotless furniture in your home, it is worth following the upholstery cleaning instructions in this article. Thanks to this, you will be able to enjoy clean furniture in your home, as well as hygienic seats in your car.

And if you decide upholstery cleaning is not your cup of tea or don’t want to risk it, you can always delegate that serious task to a professional upholstery cleaner. Professional upholstery service providers will make sure your furniture is cleaned in the safest and best possible way. 

Feel free to contact us and request an upholstery cleaning quote. You can find more info about our home cleaning services at Merci Cleaning or on our official Facebook page.


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