With the colder weather outside, many people are spending more time inside their homes, sitting in their living and family rooms to enjoy watching sports, reading or just relaxing. Unfortunately, such leisurely indoor activities can often lead to spills on favorite sofas, loveseats, sectionals and recliners that if left untreated, can cause permanent stains and damage to upholstery. Knowing a few essential quick cleaning tips for upholstery and having a professional cleaner handle the larger messes goes a long way toward extending the life of your upholstered furniture.
When someone spills a drink or food on upholstered furniture, it’s important to act quickly to treat it before the stain sets in. Removing as much of the stain as possible right away prevents permanent discoloration, set-in spots and keeps the liquid from penetrating the fill material, which can lead to lingering odors. It’s possible to remove stains from the outer fabric of a couch or chair, but not usually from the inside fill found in cushioned backs and arms of furniture.
For a fresh spill, cleaning it up with the proper technique is essential to prevent damage. To soak up a spill, dab at it with a clean paper towel or cloth. Never rub at a spill because it’s abrasive and can damage the fabric fibers. When dabbing up the spill, work from the outside in to avoid spreading the stain to a larger area. If any stain remains after dabbing, use upholstery cleaner, but test it on an inconspicuous spot first, as it may not be safe for that type of fabric. For any remaining stain or discoloration, call in professional upholstery cleaners who have an array of cleaning solutions that can restore the beauty of upholstered furniture safely and quickly.
Importance of professional upholstery cleaning
Although DIY spot treatments can help prevent permanent stains on upholstery, the best way to keep them looking their best is with professional upholstery cleaning, like the the type you can get from Embassy Cleaners. Professional cleaners have special cleaning solutions and tools that provide maximum results with minimum time. Cleaning machines you can rent that may leave your furniture damp for several hours and can cause permanent damage if you use the wrong solution for the upholstery fabric. Professional cleaners use safe cleaning solutions and equipment that has your couches and chairs dry within a few hours. Professional cleaners revive the color of your furniture, remove trapped odors and soil buildup, and often have a furniture protector available to shield against future damage and stains.