The purchase of upholstered furniture for the various rooms in a home can be a time consuming process involving decisions on the style of furniture as well as the color, texture, and type of fabric. The acquisition cost for upholstered furniture ranges from moderate for low quality, low price furniture lines to significant for high quality pieces of fine furniture. Implementing a regularly scheduled maintenance program as soon as the upholstered furniture is acquired will insure that maximum enjoyment and service life can be attained.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) recommends routine maintenance including vacuuming and immediate attention to spills, coupled with periodic cleaning by a certified technician every one to two years to keep upholstered furniture looking its best and to maximize the life of the fabric. Furniture and fabric manufacturers recommend that consumers not wait until severe soiling occurs before cleaning because the greater the soiling, the less the likelihood of restoring the fabric's original color, appearance and texture.
The IICRC also states that regular cleaning of fabric and leather furnishings of pre-owned furniture by a trained, certified technician can help restore the furniture's original appearance, extend its life and keep it looking like new. Moreover, certified technicians can offer simple suggestions to maintain a clean and healthful home or business environment overall. These tips often include:
Why is the deep cleaning of upholstered furniture beneficial on a 2-3 year maintenance cycle?
- Control soil by using arm caps and rotating seat cushions frequently to prolong life and appearance of areas prone to wear and tear
- Remove dry soil by vacuuming and, depending on the fabric, brushing to remove dust and soil particles
- Increased cleaning may be required when fabric is subjected to heavy use, or when it is located in home occupied with persons with allergies or respiratory sensitivity
Even with regular vacuuming, the fabric in sofas, loveseats, chairs, ottomans, and other upholstered pieces gradually experience a buildup of dirt, dust, hair, fur, sloughed skin cells, pet dander, dust mites, food crumbs, body oils, and the like. A certain amount of these pollutants inevitably penetrate through the top layer of fibers and find their way to the base of the fabric. Overtime, this buildup will cause the fabric to lose its vibrancy, and can even cause unpleasant odors.
Our certified technicians will perform a thorough inspection of each piece of upholstered furniture to determine the proper cleaning procedure for your specific needs. Many of our customers request that we apply a fine fabric protector to ensure that their fine fabrics continue to have lasting beauty between cleanings.
The ClearPro 10 Step Upholstery Cleaning Process
Our 10 step upholstery cleaning process is based upon current Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. This process works equally well whether upholstered furniture is lightly soiled or heavily soiled and is designed to restore furniture as close as possible to its original condition. We can clean all types of upholstery, even the most delicate of fabrics.
Step 1: Pre-Inspection
Pre-inspect the upholstered fabrics taking into account any areas of concern the owner may have in order to determine the proper cleaning method. Depending upon fabric type, the hot water extraction method is normally used while certain other fabric types require alternative cleaning treatments such as shampooing, dry cleaning, or hand washing
Step 2: Pre-Vacuum
Pre-vacuum to remove loose soil. This is a most important step which can remove as much as 85% of the soil in the fabric
Step 3: Pre-Conditioning
Apply the proper pre-conditioner to suspend the soil for cleaning
Step 4: Pre-Agitate
Work the pre-conditioner into the fabric with a white towel or a horsehair brush specially designed for this purpose
Step 5: Rinse and Extract
Use the pure cleaning power of steam generated from our truck mounted cleaning system and specially designed upholstery tools to loosen soil and extract dirt from fabric fibers. Water pressure is regulated so that the fabric does not become too wet. This step also sanitizes and deodorizes the fabric
Step 6: Neutralize
pH balance the fabric so there is no sticky residue left behind. This is accomplished by applying a rinse treatment to the fabric either through the truck mount cleaning system or manually after the rinse has been completed depending on soiling conditions
Step 7: Pre-Spot Treatment
Specialty spotting techniques are employed to address any spots not removed during earlier steps in the cleaning process
Step 8: Post Cleaning
Use a grooming brush or a white towel to set the nap on fabrics with a nap in one direction
Step 9: Post Inspection
Perform final inspection of the upholstered fabric
Step 10: Fabric Protection – (Optional But Highly Recommended After Each Cleaning)
Apply fabric protector to all upholstered fabric so as to create an extra barrier of protection to repel both dry and liquid soil.
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