Upholstery gets dirty over time. It’s easy to overlook because soiling builds up slowly. Colours become muted and the lodging of abrasive grits, dirt and stains accelerate the ageing process. Upholstery cleaning removes this soiling, transforming the appearance and extending the lifespan of your valuable furniture.
There is more to learn in cleaning upholstery as fabrics are more delicate and can be made from a range of materials. Selecting the correct cleaning technique is essential in obtaining the best results. Before undertaking any work I first carry out an inspection. This is followed by a dry soil extraction using a turbo brush head and a pre-conditioning spray to loosen the soil.
Rinse extraction cleaning
This is the most popular method of upholstery cleaning and is similar to the carpet cleaning process but here smaller hand-held tools are used which are designed to work at lower water pressure to protect the thinner, more delicate fibres. This method is particularly useful in areas of heavy soiling.
Where a lower moisture rinse technique is required, a modified version of this process is used. First, the upholstery is sprayed with a cleaning solution. It is then gently agitated to dislodge the soil, which is followed by vacuuming to remove the rinse and soil.
Encapsulation low-moisture cleaning
In this technique a foam is applied to the fabric. The foam encapsulates the soil before drying into a fine dry residue which is then simply removed.
I can apply a fabric protector after the cleaning process. This will form a repellant barrier which protects the fabric against penetration by oil or water based contaminants. All fabric protectors become less effective over time, but the product I use is quite durable and long lasting.