5 Tips On Sofa Cleaning - E Home Services
Interior designers will always try to match
furniture to the carpet and wall of your living
room to make it dissent and attractive. They
will even dictate to you the kind of upholstery
to use on your sofa as well as dining sets. We
all know that being humans we tend to have
different tastes in nearly every aspect of life
and the choice of upholstery material is no
exception to this. This means we will end up
with materials that are of the different
texture, colors, and nature. With this in mind
and in the quest to make our homes remain neat,
then we need to clean the rooms including
cleaning the sofas. Of course, we have the
option of replacing the furniture but this can
be an expensive affair bearing in mind that most
of Singapore residents are not wealthy. Here are
five tips which will help you to effectively
clean you sofa without damaging the fabric.
Try and remove the stain from the material
while still fresh
As the say, it is easier to make hay while the
sun shines. It is very easy to remove a stain
from a given fabric when the stain is still
fresh. This will prevent the spill or stain from
spreading to the wood. It will also prevent the
stain from drying and setting the material.
In case of a spill, your very first action
should be to try to blot the spill up using a
piece of cloth, preferably white, to minimize
the spread of the spill to a small area that you
can manage to clean easily.
Always vacuum the upholstery before cleaning
When you realize the upholstery fabric is full
of stains and spots and there is a need to clean
it, always start by vacuum cleaning it to absorb
the dirt and dust. Failure to do this will mean
that you will have a very hard time trying to
remove the same dirt and dust when the fabric is
wet. The two will make the piece of furniture
look horrible and it will really take you a lot
of time and action to get rid of it.
Use the upholstery attachment to get into all
crevices and cracks. You can as well use it to
clean the cushions if your sofa is cushions
Use the vacuum cleaner to remove pet hair to the
maximum and should it fail, use a pet hair
remover. Before embarking on using a pet hair
remover always ensure that you do research to
establish which one works well on upholstery as
there are very many kinds of pet hair removers.
Ensure that you establish the exact type of
stain to clean
You should know that there is no single
upholstery cleaner that can deal effectively
with all kinds of stains. It is, therefore,
important to know how to clean kinds of stains.
Oil or grease stain
Sprinkle the stained area with baking powder or
Leave the sprinkle there for about 15 to 20
minutes for it to absorb the oil or grease
Vacuum clean the upholstery
Apply dry cleaning solvent to remove the
Food and beverage stain
Pour 2 cups of cool water into a small basin
Add a tablespoon of dish washing liquid to form
Take a dry piece of cloth and dip into the
solution before using it to rub gently on the
upholstery till you get rid of the stain.
It is important to note that this may not apply
to all kinds of food and beverage stains. You
are therefore advised to do further research or
consult an expert in the industry to help you
Berry and fruits stains
Pour two-thirds of a cup of rubbing alcohol to a
Add a teaspoon of white vinegar to form a
Dip a small piece of cloth into the solution
Rub the wet piece of clothing gently on the
stain until it totally disappears.
Make sure you know the kind of cleaner to user
You are always advised to check the upholstery
cleaning tag code to establish the kind of
cleaner to use. The tags are interpreted as
W - this means that you can use water based
cleaner on the upholstery because it will not
S- This means you can clean the upholstery using
a dry cleaning solvent or any other water-free
product. This kind of cleaner will not damage
WS- This means that you can use either dry
cleaning or water based cleaner to get rid of
dirt from the fabric without damaging it.
X- This means that you should not apply any of
the two when cleaning the fabric as they may
damage it. Instead seek professional advice on
how to go about the cleaning process.
Always remember that failure to follow these
simple instructions may lead to damaging of the
upholstery altogether and you will be forced to
either replace it or buy a new set of furniture.
Ensure that the cleaning method employed is good
for the type of material the upholstery is made
There two different ways that material
The kind of material used- there is a very wide
variety of materials that can be used to make
upholstery. Some are even made using a blend of
two fabrics. For you to be able to clean any
given fabric, you need to be conversant with the
methods used to clean such fabric. This
information can easily be obtained through
reading or through the help of an expert in the
field. Lack of such critical knowledge can
easily complicate the whole process.
The color of the material- it is important to
keep the color of the material as well as the
method used to dye it into account. Otherwise,
you may end up losing the original color of the
fabric by bleaching it.
These are just but tips on how to go about the
cleaning process. It is always important to seek
professional services since there are many
upholstery cleaning companies here in Singapore.
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