Professional upholstery cleaning hire is not always a solution for you due to a number of reasons. However, don’t panic, because you can successfully maintain a clean look and good condition for your beloved upholstered furniture pieces by yourself for a great amount of time and in a long-term. Simply make sure to follow the professional advice, because when it comes to upholstery, carpet cleaning and curtain maintenance, you will need more in-depth knowledge because of the more specific structures of the fabrics and materials used.

In part one of the upholstery cleaning series we have shared with you a few simple tips on how to maintain your upholstered pieces in good condition on a weekly basis. Taking care of upholstery on a weekly basis, of course, won’t substitute the need of more in-depth cleaning and sanitising and hiring a professional company with a thorough treatment at least once a year is essential. However, you can still do certain things in order to avoid permanent stains, great dust and dirt buildups and quicker wear and tear. Today we are sharing with you how to take more thorough care of your upholstered pieces!

When your furniture needs a deeper clean, you have to understand the system of codes that any manufacturer uses and label each piece with for better results and in order to avoid ruining the whole piece. Here are some common furniture care codes you have to keep in mind:

  • The code “W” means that your furniture can be cleaned with water.
  • The code “S” means that your furniture can be treated with a cleaning solvent (depending on the material, search for more in-depth recommendations and instructions and use only products that are designed for the certain type of material).
  • The code “SW” means that both water and solvent can be used for cleaning your furniture.
  • The code “X” means that you cannot use water or solvent for cleaning this particular piece of furniture. Instead, you can clean it by using a soft brush, or when you notice a stain, it has to be dry cleaned.

Before you begin you have to know that the hot extraction cleaning system many professionals use is not suitable for certain fabrics and materials since it can ruin them completely. The group includes silk, Haitian cotton, velour, brushed corduroy, leather, non-colourfast fabrics and upholstery with cleaning codes S or X. In this case, professional help is needed as well as for some kind of stains that require professional treatment. Be sure to use cool water wool and wool blends.

Prepare the upholstery surface for cleaning by vacuuming it thoroughly or brushing it gently. If you are going to use a hot water extraction system (which is the best solution for most of the upholstery fabrics and materials), here is how to work with it:

  • Work at a slow and steady pace and begin cleaning by squeezing the hand tool lever as you pull the tool over the fabric. Keep in mind that you don’t have to depress the button on the handle while using the hand tool!
  • As you clean with the vacuum on, squirt or vacuum small amounts of the cleaning product used every few minutes to minimise clogging the vacuum hose.
  • When you are done with cleaning, empty any remaining solution by holding the hand tool over a sink and depressing lever.