The upholstery on your furniture experiences more direct contact with people than any other home furnishing and as a result, it should be cleaned quite often.  Dirt and other allergens that get trapped in the upholstery could lead to mold formation and abrasive soil particles can cause damage directly to the fabric.  It is important for homeowners to keep their upholstery well maintained to preserve the life of the fabric and make sure that the furniture is healthy for you and your family to use.  The following tips will help you keep your furniture and upholstery properly maintained.

  • Before cleaning anything, you should start by checking the manufacturer’s labels on your furniture to find out what fabric it is made out of as well as the suggested way to clean the fabric.  Furniture that is made from most synthetic materials can generally be cleaned safely but fabric that is composed of a blend of natural and synthetic materials or over 50% cotton may require professional assistance.
  • Another action you should take before cleaning the furniture is to vacuum it thoroughly.  Over time, dirt and dust gather on the upholstery which could make your furniture look even worse when wet.  Vacuuming it before cleaning will remove some of the loose dirt and debris.
  • If you are using a cleaning method or product for the first time and you are unsure of how the furniture will react to it, test it on a small or hidden spot.  Some upholstery cleaning products can strip the color from the furniture so it is a good idea to test it on a hidden spot before using it all over the furniture.
  • Furniture and upholstery are susceptible to staining from spills and if a spill should occur on your furniture, make sure to act quickly to clean it up and help avoid stains.
  • Check the tags of your furniture for the cleaning code.  The cleaning code is a code put on the tag by the manufacturer that informs the owner of the best methods to clean the furniture.  The following are common cleaning codes:
    • W: Water can be used to clean this furniture.
    • S: Cleaning solvents are safe to use on this furniture.
    • SW: Water and Solvents can be used on this furniture.
    • X: Neither water nor solvent can be used on this furniture; requires professional cleaning.

By following these cleaning tips, you can help keep your furniture and upholstery clean to increase its longevity and make it safer to use.  If these methods fail to get your furniture and upholstery clean to your standards, then contact Green T for our professional furniture and upholstery cleaning services.   Our hot water extraction cleaning method is safe for all furniture types and will effectively clean and sanitize the upholstery.