How To Properly Care For Your Upholstery
Rotate all loose cushions frequently to assure even wear. Vacuum dust & dirt from all fabric, cracks & crevasses. By far, Fabric Protection is the best possible way to extend the life of your upholstery. Read the short section on how fabric protection works to find out why.
• Vacuum often to reduce grit that can cause abrasion.
• Reverse loose cushions weekly for even wear.
• Protect from the sun. Ultraviolet light can cause deterioration.
• Keep Pets off of furniture. Pet’s body oils rub off and are very difficult to remove.
• Use caution with clothing such as Blue Jeans. Fabric dyes can transfer onto upholstered furniture.
All upholstered furniture will become soiled through use. Most spills & soil on fabric protection treated upholstery will clean easily and quickly provided that the proper cleaning procedures are followed. A fabric protection application is not an absolute impenetrable barrier and improper cleaning methods can damage both the fabric and the treatment.
1. Blot (don’t rub) spills immediately with a clean absorbent cloth while spill is still fresh. Dried spills are more difficult to remove.
2. Identify the cleaning code for your type of fabric. This is very important to determine the type of cleaner to use. NOTE: not all upholstery is labeled with cleaning codes. Be very careful when spot cleaning on delicate fabrics such as cotton, rayon, linen, wool, silk.
3. Always read & follow the instructions on the cleaning agent.
4. Use water with the cleaning agent if water is called for (W & WS Codes Only)
5. Pretest any cleaner on any fabric in a hidden area. Check for Color fastness and fabric compatibility.
6. Keep a small spill small. Work lightly, blotting from the edges to the centre. “Feather” the edges by dampening edges irregularly and blotting quickly to avoid rings.
7. Quickly dry a cleaned spot using a small fan or blow dryer on low.
W Spot Clean with water based shampoo or foam upholstery cleaner. Pretest for color loss and fabric compatibility. Do not overwet. Use a professional cleaning service for overall soiling.
S Spot clean with a water-free cleaning solvent. Pretest for color loss and fabric compatibility. Do Not Use Water! Use a professional cleaning service for overall soiling.
WS Spot clean with upholstery shampoo, foam from a mild detergent, or a mild dry cleaning solvent. Pretest for color loss and fabric compatibility. Do not overwet. Use a professional cleaning service for overall soiling.
X Clean only by vacuuming or light brushing with a non-metallic brush. Do Not Use Water or Dry Cleaning Solvents. Consult a professional upholstery cleaner.
When overall cleaning is necessary, hiring a professional to do the job is the safest solution. An IICRC certified Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Professional is formally trained to identify different types of fabrics and to recognize any potential problems that may arise.
Upholstery should be cleaned BEFORE is looks like it is getting soiled! When a fabric is left soiled too long, it is less likely that the fabric can be restored to like new condition.
Choosing to apply fabric protection is the best possible way to protect your upholstered furniture and keep it looking new.
Treated Upholstery Will:
• Last Longer
• Look Better longer
• Clean easier
The fabric protection treatment is a spray applied to all surfaces of the upholstered item. The application “wicks” into the fibers of the fabric creating a protective barrier against soil and stains.
Fabric Protection Treatment:
• Is non-allergenic
• Does not change the look of the fabric
• Does not change the feel of the fabric
Not only does a fabric protection treatment create a barrier against stains and spills, it has been shown to provide a barrier against the dirt and dust particles that cause excess abrasion and can cause premature fabric wear. You also tend to get better results when overall cleaning of a protected fabric is required.