Today things are so expensive, everyone tries to save a little money and do some things themselves instead of hiring a professional to come in to do it. Cleaning of upholstery is not something the home owner should try. The cleaning process may seem simple but there is so much more to it than what meets the eye. There are so many different fabrics and each one could require different procedures and cleaners to properly clean them without causing harm to the upholstery.
There are synthetic fabrics that are usually fairly safe to deal with and the dyes are fairly stable, so there is some room for error with these. Just remember there are always exceptions. Fabrics like Jacquard weaves that are known for bleeding if the fabric gets to wet. There are many others with their own potential problems. Natural fibers or blends of them make up the vast majority of upholstered furniture today. These fibers also use a great variety of dye processes. So when dealing with natural fibers, you have to consider the type of weaves used, the fiber content, whether they are cellulose or protein fibers as well as the dyes used. These fabrics can all be prone to shrinkage, discoloration, color loss or bleeding just to name a few problems that could crop up.
You need to consider not only what is a safe procedure and a safe cleaner for that particular fabric, you also need to consider what you are trying to achieve. Like, what if you have a stain that requires a solvent to remove it, like grease, tar, oil, makeup, gum or other solvent based materials but the fabric is recommended to be wet cleaned using only water based cleaners, no solvents. Or we could have the other problem of food spills or other water based stains that require a water based cleaner to break it down to rinse it out. The problem being that it is on a fabric that recommends dry cleaning only and no exposure to water. This can be a problem considering dry cleaning solvents can’t dissolve or breakdown sugars. Then there are some fabrics that the manufacturers actually recommend that the fabric is un-cleanable. This is why hiring a professional upholstery cleaner with lots of experience can be your smartest move.
Now, considering the cost to reupholster or replace your furniture, you might want to rethink trying to save a little in this arena. Even with professionals, I hear so many nightmare stories from bad experiences they have had. It’s one of those areas that completing proper schooling and being certified is only going to give you a very small tasting of what you are in for. It really takes about 10 years’ experience and cleaning of hundreds if not thousands of different fabrics to become skilled at this. With over 50 years of experience in the carpet and upholstery cleaning field, we not only meet these requirement, we exceed in them. With all the experience and knowledge Alec has had, he is able to continue to teach and guide his employees with methods that will achieve the best possible results without causing any harm to your upholstery when cleaned. To learn more about Alec’s Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning LLC call our office at 781-871-4428 or visit our web site at http://www.Alecscarpetandupholsterycleaning.com
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