Upholstery Cleaning Carlsbad, Encinitas, Vista & All San Diego
21 years experience has taught us how to clean every upholstery fabric imaginable & because of our experience we can tell you what to expect and allow you to make the decision whether to proceed. Upholstery cleaning is different than carpet cleaning $ requires more knowledge& experience & is best left to professionals. That being said.
What Can You Do To Keep Your Upholstery Looking Good:
It starts with an attitude and
a buying decision and commitment to follow through on your decision to have your upholstery look good.
First Attitude: Do you want your furniture to look good year after year? Then don't eat on it & especially don't let the children eat on it! Got pets? Keep them off the furniture. How much do you really want your upholstery to stay looking good? It's work, can be annoying, it's a commitment
Buying decision: Buy synthetic fabrics. They're not as desireable but they are less expensive, more durable, clean better, and can look very good. The salesmen want you to buy more expensive natural, even exotic fabrics. Why? Money, they cost more, wear or ugly out faster, and they make more money. Good for them, not you. Buy the darkest color you can live with. It should be obvious why. If you have children, pets & like to watch TV on the sofa you'd be foolish to buy light colored, natural fabrics. What's the point of buying a $4,000 white, silk, couch you're very proud of and like to show off if after 6 months it looks terrible and won't clean? Save the heartache, disappointment and money and buy darker, synthetics if your lifestyle dictates it. Also Scotchgard your upholstery, buy a can anywhere and follow the instructions. It's worth it.
Keeping It Clean: Upholstrey cleaning is something you should have done once every year or two depending on lifestyle. You clean everything else in your life why not your upholstery? Regular furniture cleaning will keep it looking better and help it last much longer.
What can you do to keep it looking good? Besides the things already mentioned above, vacuum often with a good upholstery attatchment, preferrably with a rolling brush. Lift cushions, do both sides, & the base, etc. You'll be surprised what I find when I lift couch cushions, even in my own house. This will help allergy sufferers as well.
Spots and Spills: It happens. First, recognize there is a difference between a spill and a spot. For a large spill immediately turn the cushion upsidedown. This will help keep the liquid from seeping into the cushion. Then blot lightly, you don't want to force the liquid into the the foam or batting. You can even use a wet sponge to blot with. If you can unzip and do this from the inside better yet. Also extract with a vacuum attatchment if you have one, get as much out as possible. Now with a damp sponge, water only, rub gnetly and try to move the spot off onto the sponge. Go as far as you can with that then move on to an upholstery cleaning spotter, even Woolite is better than carpet cleaning spotters, same procedure as with the water. Be careful not to get it too wet as you can leave a water ring when it dries. Natural fabrics are much more susceptible to this than synthetics. Another tip is to spot a much larger area than just the spot, feathering out the moisture more and more as you get away from the spot. Even do the whole cushion if you can. This can help prevent a localized water ring. Also always read the instructions on any spotter you use and follow them closely.
For spots, like paw prints, dirt, anything that isn't seeping in just follow all the steps above except the upsidedown and extraction. Please call me with any questions as there is more to this than I can write here but this is a good start. Also don't forget professional upholstrey cleaning as part of a scheduled maintenance program and follow all the other tips given and your upholstery will stay looking good much longer.
More Furniture & Upholstery Cleaning & Care:
What we do when we come out to do your upholstery cleaning: First we look over your furniture and assess the cleaning potential. Is it cleanable, how cleanable? We can tell pretty well what to expect. Sometimes if we're already in your home doing other carpet and upholstery cleaning we will offer to clean a cushion to give you and idea of what it will look like. If agreeable we will vacuum the pieces, then pre spray and spot the areas that need it. Then we will clean the entire piece with our truck mounted upholstery cleaning equipment, using 200 degree water and a very mild all natural upholstery cleaning solution and immediately extract. When I am done cleaning your furniture you can be assured that it will be as clean and sanitary as humanly possibe. Please call anytime with any questions relating to upholstery and furniture cleaning. Thank you.