Deep cleaning a couch can be done with two types of machine. The first is one that uses shampoo and the second is one that uses a high pressure steam cleaning machine. The one you want to use depends on a number of different factors including what materials your couch ro sofa is made from.
In this article we will detail how you go about deep cleaning a sofa or couch.
Have you ever asked someone for advice about how to clean something in your home and then been disappointed when you found out they gave you bad advice? Maybe you thought you just applied their instructions incorrectly or misunderstood what they told you. The problem could have been that you simply got bad advice. There are a lot of common sense techniques people use to clean sofas that are dangerous. They are based on outdated cleaning instructions or they have become jumbled down through the years to be practically useless.
Some of these myths can simply cause you to not be able to get your sofa as clean as you would like. Other times, the bad advice can make you damage your sofa. We are going to look at a few of them that you need to know about so that you don’t make the same mistakes that other people have. You many have heard of some of these or they may be unfamiliar to you, but either way our need to know what NOT to do.
What is the best way to clean a fabric sofa?
One common myth that we hear a lot is that people think the hotter the water they use the better it will be for the fabric of their sofa when they clean. While it may be true that scalding water will get rid of many stains, oils and other things that are stuck to your sofa. It can also damage your sofa.
You also need to be aware that hot water can harm certain kinds of fabrics. If your sofa has no colorfast fabrics on it, then using hot water can cause the colors to blend into one another. Your sofa will be ruined. It’s so much better to use warm water, which may not be as effective at getting out the stains, but it will be much safer for your fabrics.
Synthetic fiber velvets can also suffer when very hot water is used. This can create heat spikes that warp the fabric. While this may not happen every time, it’s a possibility, and you need not be careful about how hot the water is when you use it on this material. The worst thing is that the warping can be permanent, and you are have to replace your fabric entirely to have your sofa looking good again.
What is the best upholstery cleaning machine?
The very best machines to use for cleaning the upholstery of your sofa is the a commercial grade high pressure hot water steam cleaner. Unfortunately these are incredibly expensive and you cannot rent them out either. The only people who have these types of machines are professional sofa cleaners.
Many fabric tags can be misleading or offer outright false information. That may come as a shock to many people who are used to doing exactly what the tags say and not deviating one bit from their washing instructions. The problem with following tags in sofa fabric like they are gospel, is that they can often refer to what is under the fabric instead of the exterior fabric. Many pieces of furniture will have two tags – one for the exterior fabric and one for the filling.
If you aren’t sure what the tag is referring to, you can end up cleaning the fabric with a cleaning solution that isn’t right for it. This happens all the time with filled furniture, but it can even occur when there is only one tag and only one type of material to be concerned about.
The tag may not refer to the backing put on the chair or other couch. In some cases, the backing fabric was placed onto the sofa later, and it may be made of something different from the rest of the furniture. If that’s the case, then you can damage your fabric as you clean it.
Another way that tags can deceive you is when there are mixed fabrics.
Sometimes, only one of the materials used to make the fabric will be listed. This is especially true when buying furniture from countries where regulations are not very strict.
Cleaning instructions that are listed on tags may not be accurate as well. These should not be taken as the best or only way to clean fabrics. Instead, you should treat them as guidelines, and it doesn’t hurt to look up cleaning instructions on your own from a separate source.
Read further: The best carpet cleaning machines.
How much does it cost to have a couch professionally cleaned?
If you are in the market for professional cleaning of your leather couch or other upholstery then you will need to first figure out the prices. Typically it goes by the materials of the sofa and then how big it is. For example a three seater couch will cost more than an arm-chair and so on.
To figure out the final cost you will need to tell the sofa cleaning service what materials your sofa is made from. To do this you can carry out a burn test. This means cutting off a small piece of the fabric – no more than a strand – and observing how it burns. Each kind of fabric burns a different way, and if the tag is missing or not descriptive enough, it may leave the homeowner no choice but to perform a burn test to figure out what kind of fabric they are dealing with.
That won’t always be an accurate way of telling what kind of fabric the furniture is made out of. In fact, in recent years, this test has become so inaccurate that many people believe it is useless as an investigative method. They are finding that fabrics that should be burning a certain way are burning like they are something else, and they are getting mixed results.
How do you clean used couches?
What they may not realise is that there may sometimes be mixed fabrics in your sofa, and they may not have fully detailed tags. This can create some unexpected results. It is important to tell whether you are working with a mixed fabric, a natural fabric or a synthetic one.
As this will effect how you go about cleaning a used couch. You can try hot water and some mild detergent yourself but the best course of action is almost always to call in the experts.
These are just a few ways that people make mistakes when it comes to cleaning their sofa’s fabric. Each kind of material needs to be cleaned in specialized way for the best results. If you use the wrong cleaning method, the wrong temperature of water or the wrong chemicals, you can permanently damage your furniture, which is something everyone wants to avoid.
The best way to ensure that you clean your furniture properly is to know what type of material you have and how to clean that type of material.
Are you ready for the best sofa cleaning Dublin city has to offer?
If you are looking for top grade sofa cleaning technicians ad unrivaled levels of customer service then you need to call Emerald Carpet Cleaning today. We have a seamless online booking and scheduling system designed to save you both time and money. Our prices are competitive and are a bargain for what we offer.
While our trusted experts get to work on your couch why not go into town and run some errands or better yet head on down to The Little Museum of Dublin. When you return all you’ll be able to notice is your couch restored to its former pristine glory.
With us you can be guaranteed of satisfaction.
If you do have a sofa you are no longer interested in. Don’t throw it in the dump, save money and help the less fortunate by donating it to the a charity such as the Simon Community.
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