Upholstery Cleaning Tips

July 9, 2018

Upholstered furniture can get quite dirty over time. Even if there aren’t any major spills, dust and debris still get ground into the fiber, making your couch look old and dingy. Continue reading to learn how you can clean your couch yourself without calling an upholstery cleaner in El Paso, TX.

Vacuum

First thing’s first, you have to break out the vacuum and try to suck up the dust that’s built up in the fibers over time. Don’t forget to stick the hose deep down behind the cushions. There’s bound to be tons of crumbs and other particles that have slipped back there. Who knows, you might even find some spare change!

Check cleaning instructions

Before you go any further, check the tag for your furniture’s cleaning instructions. The tag should tell you which types of solvents should and should not be used to clean your couch. This will ensure that you don’t accidentally ruin your upholstery in the cleaning process. If your couch doesn’t have a cleaning tag, do a spot test with water, vinegar or vodka (three common cleaners) on a hidden piece of upholstery. This will tell you whether or not these will work to clean your furniture.

Steam any stains

Assuming your furniture can be cleaned with water, you should hit any stains with a steamer. The steam won’t remove the stain outright, but it’ll make the stains easier to lift once you get into the full cleaning process. Don’t have an upholstery steamer? Don’t worry! The steam button on a clothing iron often works just as well as an expensive steamer.

Light cleaning

Now that the stains are steamed and easier to remove, it’s time to try to clean your furniture with some light cleaners. If your couch can be cleaned with water, mix cold water and dish soap together and blot the stain with the mixture, using a wrung-out sponge. Afterwards, rinse your sponge and blot out the mixture. Dry the area with a paper towel to ensure the dish soap blend doesn’t cause another stain. If your couch cannot be cleaned with water, blot the stain with vodka or vinegar on a cloth. Don’t worry—any unpleasant smell will go away as soon as the area dries!

Heavy-duty cleaning

Let’s hope that the light cleaning techniques get the job done. If not, you’ll have to resort to buying heavy-duty upholstery cleaners. Be careful to pick out the right cleaning agent, though—using something that’s too abrasive could cause permanent damage to your furniture. Do a little research online before you go out and buy a cleaner.

Rinse and repeat

So, you’ve done everything above, and your stains still won’t come out? Don’t give up just yet! Repeat the process, and you might just be able to lift all of those stubborn stains.

If the tips above don’t quite do the trick, it’s time to bring in the pros. An upholstery cleaner in El Paso, TX can have your furniture looking better than ever in no time at all. Give Steam Wizard a call today if you’re sick and tired of looking at stains on your upholstered furniture!

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