Upholstery Cleaning

by Brooke Tolman
(last updated October 6, 2014)

It's hard not to keep that favorite recliner or couch of yours from getting a few stains on it, so cleaning your upholstery will be a must at some point. It's important to make sure you're doing it the right way so that you don't end up ruining your upholstery and have to end up spending money to re-upholster that favorite recliner or couch of yours.

When cleaning your upholstery yourself, your first instinct will be to use a lot of water or a lot of cleaner. You figure the more you put on, the greater the chances of getting that stain out. That is not a smart idea, too much moisture can ruin your upholstery forever. Just like when cleaning carpet, you want to keep it damp, not wet, and dab with a towel or rag. Before doing so, it's best to put a little bit of cleaner on the stains and let them sit and soak for a bit. This will help the cleaner get to the root of the stain, so that the stain won't reappear a few weeks later. Do-it-yourself cleaning isn't the best idea for all upholstery. If it's made from a rather expensive type of fabric, your best bet will be to get it professionally done. They know what they are doing and usually it isn't too expensive to get it done.

When it comes to cleaning your upholstery yourself, what's the best to use? There are many options for cleaners. Regular spray cleaner that you buy at places like your local grocery store, hardware store, or Wal-mart can work like a charm if used correctly. A lot of them have built in chemicals to help get rid of smells as well. Make sure to test a spot on a less noticeable part of your furniture to see if it affects the color at all before you take it to the bigger spots.

A lot of times you can check online to find out the best way to clean a certain type of upholstery. It's important, if you're planning on cleaning your furniture yourself, to do research to make sure you're going about it the right way. There are a million different types of fabrics and cleaners you can use, but not all of them will work on your upholstery. It's not a bad thing to hire someone to do it for you either. Upholstery cleaning businesses have some good deals if you keep an eye out for them.

Author Bio

Brooke Tolman

Brooke is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science. She currently resides in Seattle where she works as a freelance data analyst and personal trainer. She hopes to spend her life camping and traveling the world. ...

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