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06/08/2017
Taking care of upholstery can be tricky, especially if you don't really know what materials you're dealing with. This post can help you understand your upholstery better before you take on the challenge of cleaning it.

How to Take Proper Care of Your Upholstery

Upholstered furniture can look great in your home, but it requires proper maintenance to hold onto its appeal. To keep it looking its best, use these tips before trying to tackle your upholstery cleaning.

Check the Tags and Understand Them

The tags on your upholstered furniture contain a great deal of information that can help guide your cleaning. However, to use this information you first have to find the tags. Generally, these will be located under the cushions. If you've searched all over but can't find a tag, check the manufacturer's website for the information. The information on the tags will be necessary so that you aren't left guessing about the types of products you can safely use on the upholstery. The tags will be marked with either a W, S, WS/SW, or X. It's important that you understand what these mean.
  • W: This letter stands for water, meaning you can use water-based cleaning products on your upholstery. Items that fall under this category tend to be the easiest to spot clean on your own.
  • S: The S stands for solvent, or products that are water-free. An example of a water-free cleaning solution is a dry cleaning solvent. Using water-based products on this type of upholstery can result in water marks or even faded dye. Be very careful if you decide to clean this type of upholstery on your own, especially since some dry cleaning solvents can be toxic.
  • WS/SW: If your upholstery tags are labeled with a WS or SW, it basically means you can use either water-based solutions or water-free solvents to clean it. It is recommended that you spot test the cleaning solution you choose on a hidden part of the upholstery. This will help reduce the chances of damaging your upholstery.
  • X: An X means none of the previously mentioned solutions are safe to use on your upholstery. It's recommended that you avoid trying to clean this type of upholstery yourself as you do risk causing damage. It's best to get this type of upholstery professionally cleaned. Even some professionals can struggle with this type of upholstery, so do your research before hiring any cleaning service.
If your upholstery is looking less than great, why not hire a cleaning service to take care of it for you? Although they specialize in carpet cleaning in Aurora, IL, DuPage Cleanpro can also get your upholstery back to its best. Contact their pros at (630) 244- 8449 to learn all about how they can have your carpet and upholstery looking like new again!

Prepare Your Upholstery to Be Cleaned

Just like with a professional carpet cleaning, your upholstery has to be prepped before it's cleaned. To prep it, pull out your trusty vacuum and its attachments. Vacuuming the surface of your upholstery as well as all the cracks and crevices will ensure there is no dirt or debris on the surface that can lead to stains. Be sure to use soft brushes so as not to damage the upholstery.

Take Care of Spills

Unfortunately, no matter how careful we are, stains are bound to happen. If you spill something on your upholstery, take action right away to prevent set in stains. For solid spills, do your best to carefully scoop up all the chunks while avoiding spreading the stain further. Next, grab a dry, clean washcloth and start blotting the stain. This will help you soak up as much of the stain causing agent as possible. Always use a blotting motion and avoid rubbing the stain. Using a rubbing motion can cause the stain to spread while also being abrasive and damaging to the upholstery.

Keep You Upholstery Looking Like New

General maintenance should be part of your upholstery care. To avoid having dingy looking upholstery, vacuum it every week or at least every two weeks. This will help remove dirt and dust on the surface that can make it look worn and old. Use your vacuum attachments to get into all the crevices, but be sure you're not causing any damage, especially around buttons and other details. If you see loose threads sticking out, carefully cut these so that they don't get snagged further. Finally, schedule a professional cleaning once a year. Be sure to check the warranty on your upholstery since some of these include rules regarding professional cleanings. If you're not sure what upholstery textiles suit your home best, click here for information that can help you make the right choice.

Carpet Cleaning Services in Aurora, IL

To get your carpet and your upholstery looking like new, get them professionally cleaned by the best. Schedule your next carpet cleaning and upholstery care service with DuPage Cleanpro. Contact them at (630)244-8449 to learn all about these and all their other services.

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