You may sit on your furniture every day and not really think about what it goes through.
What if you were a couch or perhaps an easy chair? Put yourself in its, ah… armrests.
Did you imagine, for just one moment, what a day-in-the-life of a couch might be like?
Did you picture coffee spills, splattered yoghurt, popcorn showers, or puppy drool? Your upholstery is regularly subject to all of that and worse if you have a busy life and an energetic family.
Summer pool parties, graduations, and birthday celebrations or that first backyard cookout to test grandpa’s secret Texas barbecue sauce: Each event brings friends, family members and a new onslaught of wear and tear to chairs, ottomans and couches.
Pick up the Hoover
As the first line of defense, we’ll remind you of an old adage: A vacuuming pass makes upholstery last!
Don’t remember that saying? Well, honestly that’s because we just made it up.
But, it is true. Vacuuming your chairs and couches keeps food and grit from being ground into the upholstery fibers. Consider vacuuming weekly or as often as your schedule allows.
You can also remove dust and dirt from upholstered surfaces with a soft-bristled brush.
When possible, consider turning and rotating your cushions to give the fabric a break as well.
Treat that spill
When they come from the factory, many upholstered furniture pieces have a protective coating. However, such protectants will only delay spills from being absorbed into your furniture, they don’t mean a spill will bounce off the couch like Elastigirl.
If your overexcited teenager or enthusiastic friend flings soda, tea or chili all over your sectional sofa, it’s important to clean it up immediately. Blot the spill gently with a clean, folded towel. The blotting may help you remove the spill completely, if you do it quickly enough.
Before spills happen, it’s good to check your furniture manufacturer’s care instructions. Do you need to use a water or a solvent based cleaner for stubborn stains? Many times, a mild cleaning product (test it first) can be applied in a circular motion with a soft brush to remove a spill. Vacuum the area when it is completely dry.
If you need help, call your local carpet cleaning professional in Denver, Parker or Littleton.
Schedule a steam cleaning
Next, consider refreshing your furniture with a deep, professional upholstery cleaning. Truck-mounted steam cleaning can be like a face-lift for your furniture. Regular steam cleaning is just as important as consistent vacuuming. Upholstery cleaning with a truck-mounted steam cleaning system:
- Helps restore dulled colors to their original luster and resurrects flattened textures.
- Can eliminate odors from guests or pets who use couches or loveseats for sleeping.
- Aids in removing dust, dirt and germs trapped deep in your upholstery fibers.
According to Statista.com, consumers spent $114.5 billion on bedding and furniture in 2019! Quite clearly, we invest so much in our homes because they are important to us.
How important? In an April 2012 article “Why Our Homes Make Us Happy,” U.S. News and World Report said, “Humans, however, add layers of significance to home and place. Physical places endure while memories and people fade, so homes and neighborhoods become ‘memory machines’ that help us keep alive some of the strongest sources of what has given our lives meaning, well-being, and happiness.”
It may seem dramatic to say your upholstery can affect how much you enjoy life, but it seems a clean, well-maintained home can make you, your guests and your loved ones feel better now and far into the future.
Reach out to APT
A Personal Touch Carpet Cleaning’s technicians are thoroughly trained to care for many upholstery varieties. Whether you live in Denver, Parker and Littleton, we can help you with your professional upholstery cleaning needs. Reach out before birthdays, reunions, anniversaries, or if your house needs a good sprucing up.
We are happy to answer any upholstery cleaning questions, or to give you a free, written estimate without cost or obligation. Contact us at 720.344.2870 or use our online form to schedule a free consultation.