Is it time to have your upholstery cleaned? Do you know how often upholstery cleaning is recommended? While occasionally running your vacuum hose through the cracks in your sofa will help cut down on dirt, dust, and dander, it is no substitute for professional cleaning.
Most furniture manufacturers recommend that upholstery be cleaned every 12 to 24 months, so let’s take a look at some of the reasons why it might be time for you to schedule a cleaning and who can provide a comprehensive Jacksonville Beach upholstery cleaning service.
First, it’s important to define what is considered upholstery furniture.
All furniture that consists of a frame and padding that is covered in fabric is upholstery furniture. This can include both indoor and outdoor furniture. There is a wide range of fabric choices, each with a number of benefits and drawbacks.
Types of Upholstery Fabric
Upholstery fabric is chosen with consideration for the furniture’s intended use. For example, you are not likely to find an outdoor set of patio chairs upholstered with velvet due to environmental reasons. The following are types of upholstery fabrics manufacturers may use.
Natural Fiber Fabrics
Cotton, wool, and leather are all common natural fiber fabrics used for upholstering furniture. These fabrics all tend to be durable and resistant to wear. However, these fabrics do not hold up as well outside because they tend to break down when exposed to the sun and other weather types.
Synthetic Fiber Fabrics
Polyester, nylon, and olefin are common synthetic fiber fabrics used for upholstery. These fabrics tend to resist water, mold, and mildew, making them ideal for outdoor furniture. Synthetic materials often have a coarse texture, but their strength and durability make them a great choice for furniture that is heavily used.
Why You Should Schedule an Upholstery Cleaning for Your Furniture
Keep your furniture looking as beautiful as the day you got it by scheduling upholstery cleaning every 12 to 24 months. Accidents and spills happen, but there are other ways your furniture becomes soiled that you may not even be aware of. These are some of the most common causes of soiled upholstery:
- Dead skin cells
- Oils in the hair and skin
If you have children and pets, then cleaning may be needed more frequently to keep the fibers of the fabric from breaking down.
Cleaning Your Upholstery Fabric
Another important factor when choosing furniture with upholstery fabric is the ability to clean the fabric. There are two general cleaning methods used when cleaning upholstery furniture, namely wet cleaning and dry cleaning. The type of cleaning method used will depend on the type of fabric because some fabrics will break down when cleaned with water or certain chemicals.
Typically, when you purchase upholstery furniture, it will have a care label much like the clothes you wear. If you are unable to locate a care tag, then you should ask the seller or manufacturer for instructions on cleaning your furniture.
Wet Cleaning Method
Using a process and equipment similar to a carpet shampooer, this method uses water and water-based cleaning products that are injected into the fabric fibers and the padding beneath. The machine will then extract the solution along with any soil particles that can be worked loose. This method provides the most thorough cleaning, but it is not suitable for all fabrics.
This method is generally acceptable for outside furniture and for some indoor fabric upholstery. The location of your furniture can affect which cleaning method to use.
Dry Cleaning Method
The safest method of upholstery cleaning, the dry-cleaning method, requires the use of a solvent that is applied to the soiled upholstery. There are many types of dry-cleaning solvents intended for use with different types of fabric. The most commonly used form is foam, which can be applied to targeted areas and left to sit on heavily soiled fabrics.
When the fabric is heavily soiled, a brush can be used to agitate the foam and work stubborn soil out of the fibers of the fabric. An extractor is then used to remove the foam or cleaning solution along with any debris and soil that has been worked out of the upholstery.
Complete Removal of Soil and Cleaning Solutions
The solutions used to clean your upholstery are specifically formulated to loosen soil particles in the fabric. Once particles have been worked loose, they are held suspended in the foam for easy removal. At First Coast Home Pros, we use high-pressure extraction systems to ensure that as much moisture as possible is removed from the furniture.
Extraction of the cleaning solutions is highly important to ensure that there are no lingering odors from the cleaning solutions and that no odors or mildew develop as a result of the cleaning. You can choose to have odor neutralizer and stain preventative treatments, like Scotchguard, applied to your upholstery to lengthen the time your furniture remains fresh.
Free Service Estimate and 100% Guarantee
When you contact First Coast Home Pros, we can schedule a free estimate of our services. Our certified professionals will meet with you to discuss how we can best meet your specific needs.
After your scheduled upholstery cleaning, we guarantee that you will be 100% satisfied with the services provided. If our services do not leave you completely satisfied, you have a full week after your appointment to contact us to determine how we can better serve you.
First Coast Home Pros Offer More than Just Upholstery Cleaning
At First Coast Home Pros, we clean more than upholstery. Our teams of certified professionals specialize in the services they provide. We have teams that specialize in carpet cleaning, air duct cleaning, chandelier cleaning, and so much more.
Our upholstery cleaning teams have received extensive training, enabling them to properly identify different upholstery fabrics and provide cleaning services specific to your unique needs. Contact First Coast Home Pros and schedule your Jacksonville Beach upholstery cleaning today and let us give your upholstery a spring refresh.