Did you know there are many different types of carpet and upholstery fabrics and fibers, and they all have their own individual cleaning requirements? Additionally depending on the type of soils localized furniture cleaning with the right chemical is essential, and this should occur before commencing a general upholstery cleaning process, to get the best results on your expensive upholstery every time!
By far the easiest fabric to clean is micro-suede commonly known as microfibre suede. Some upholstery cleaners call themselves “Micro-Suede Specialists” but this is a joke as micro-suede cleans up like brand new almost every time! The only stains which may not come out are oil-based soils. Micro-sueue is oleophilic which means that oil based soils can permanently bind to the micro-suede fabric and become impossible to remove! So take care next time you sit down on the lounge and enjoy some tasty oily treats like fried chips or chicken wings, as dropping them on your beautiful lounge can leave behind an unsightly permanent stain! Upholstery protection can be applied by your upholstery cleaning professional if permanent stains are a concern for your furniture!
Pet or human urine can also pose a significant problem for your upholstery as if left untreated can soak deep within the fibres and upholstery stuffing, putting it beyond the reach of odour neutralizing agents commonly used as part of a professional upholstery cleaning service. Odour neutralizers only work if they can reach the urine and chemically neutralize it; if the urine has gotten so deep into the fabric that they can’t reach it, then your upholstery may smell fresh for a day or two after cleaning but that will soon fade and the urine smell will return.
As a natural material leather is different again from the other fiber types and requires specialty cleaning to gently separate soils from leather. Cleaning by itself is not enough as then leather must be carefully conditioned with the correct oils to restore the skins natural oily texture and keep your leather feeling and looking great for years to come! If treated well leather can outlast all other fabric types by a decade or more!
When upholstery is heavily soiled especially on thin material like cushions, a thorough upholstery clean may not be enough to shift any heavily ingrained soils. If the upholstery cleaner uses too much chemical or water and is aggressive with their tool they might make the stains shift, but your upholstery may take might longer to thoroughly dry. This trade-off can be prevented by having your upholstery regularly cleaned!