When you invest in you furniture it is natural to want to know how to properly maintain them and keep them clean. When maintaining clean upholstery, you can damage the upholstery with over cleaning as well as improper cleaning methods. Upholstery can be very difficult to properly maintain since furniture manufacturers use a wide variety of fabrics. Before you begin a routine cleaning schedule, you will first want to determine the type of furniture upholstery you have. Heart of Texas Chem-Dry will share how often to clean upholstery and aid in the longevity of your furniture.
Weekly Upholstery Cleaning
Furniture should be cleaned weekly. However, you don’t want to deep clean weekly. Instead do more of a surface type cleaning to maintain cleaner furniture. Depending on the material of the upholstery, you will want to use an upholstery attachment and vacuum your furniture once a week. This will remove the dust, dirt, and for those with pets and kids, the additional grime they bring in. For leather upholstery you don’t need to use the vacuum. Instead simply wipe the surface clean. Follow it up with a leather upholstery wipe to maintain the leather’s oil. Leather doesn’t require a deep cleaning like upholstery and can be cleaned weekly with light leather wipes. Once a month leather can be lathered down with a heavier oil or when needed.
Deep Couch Cleaning
How often do you deep clean your upholstery? Well that answer can vary, depending on the furniture’s exposure. For households with pets, and young children, upholstery may require the need to be cleaned more often compared to smaller households. Both pets and children leave behind a number of residues that demand more cleaning. Essentially you will want to deep clean as needed or on average, two times a year. However, first determine the type of material used for your furniture. Some fabrics require different cleaning methods. Some fabric needs cold water while others may need warm water. Hot water should never be used on upholstery. Additionally, make sure to use the recommended cleaning agent for the type of fabric on your upholstery. All furniture will have a tag, usually in the back, with a code that can tell you your upholstery type.
• W – W means the upholstery can be cleaned with water and an upholstery approved cleaner.
• S – S must only use a cleaning solvent such as an upholstery dry cleaning, and then you should only attempt to clean stains.
• S/W – S/W means this type of fabric can use both cleaning methods as W and S.
• X – X material doesn’t use cleaning agents and only needs to be vacuumed, or wiped down, like leather.
When it comes to deep cleaning it is always recommended to seek help from a professional upholstery cleaning service. Since there are so many types of upholstery it makes sense to seek help from those with experience. A professional upholstery cleaning service can make sure your upholstery is cleaned correctly and insures the longevity of your furniture.