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06/08/2017
Those with upholstered furniture know just how hard it can be to take care of it. Use these tips to maintain your upholstery in great shape.

Tips to Help You Take Proper Care of Your Upholstered Furniture

Upholstery care can be tough for so many reasons. You have to know what material you're dealing with, what the information on the tags means, and what cleaners you can use. On top of all this, you still have to do the actual cleaning work. It's no easy job, so it's sometimes best to leave it to the professionals. However, if you want to give it a DIY shot, be sure to use these tips.

Check the Tags

The tags on your upholstery can give you very useful information when it comes to care and maintenance, so they should be the first thing you consult before getting to work. If you're not sure where the tags are located, they can often be found under the cushions. If you've searched everywhere but still can't find the tags, check the manufacturer's website for information. Once you've found the tags, read them carefully. Chances are you'll come across a letter or a combination of letters (W, S, X, or WS). These letters are used to inform you about the types of products you can use to clean your upholstery, but what do they mean?
  • W: The W on the tag stands for Water. This means your upholstery can be cleaned with water-based cleaning products. This type of upholstery is generally considered the easiest to spot clean on your own.
  • S: The S stands for Solvent which means this type of upholstery can be cleaned using water-free products such as dry cleaning solvents. Using water based products can leave unsightly water marks or even fade the dye in your upholstery. Do be careful if you decide to do this on your own as some dry cleaning solvents can be toxic.
  • WS/SW: Either of these two combinations indicates that water based cleaners or water-free products can be used safely on your upholstery. There is always a risk for damage, so be sure to spot test your cleaning solution on a small hidden spot.
  • X: Upholstery labeled with an X is the most difficult kind to clean. Neither water-based or water-free cleaners should be used on this material. It's best not to take this on yourself, and instead, have a professional upholstery care company take care of it for you. Do your research when selecting a company since some professionals can have trouble with this type of upholstery.
If you're not sure what to use on your upholstery or are scared to clean it yourself, trust a professional service to do it for you. Tacoma Cleanpro offers the best carpet cleaning service in Tacoma, but did you know they can also take care of your upholstery? Contact them at (253) 229- 7499 to learn all about the services they offer.

Prepare the Upholstery for Cleaning

Before pouring any cleaning solution onto your upholstery there are several things you need to do. Just like with a professional carpet cleaning, your upholstery should be vacuumed first. This will help remove dust and other debris that can cause new stains when wet. Be sure to vacuum in all the cracks and tight spaces to remove all of the debris that can cause issues during your cleaning.

Take Care of Spills Promptly

No matter how careful you are, you're bound to get some stains on your upholstery. If you spill something on it, act right away to clean it up. Start by scooping up any solid particles while being careful not to spread the stain. Next, use a clean, white washcloth to blot the area. This will help safely absorb the stain causing agent before it seeps in any further. Avoid rubbing the area since this can spread the stain and damage your upholstery further.

Keep Your Upholstery Looking Like New

If your upholstery isn't stained but is somehow still looking worn, there are things you can do to maintain it at its best. Vacuum it weekly or at the very least every two weeks. Use soft brushes to avoid damaging the surface of your furniture and be sure to watch out for loose threads and buttons. Finally, get your upholstery professionally cleaned at least once a year. A professional service can bring your dingy upholstery back to life and get it looking like new again. Oftentimes getting it professionally cleaned is part of your warranty details, so be sure to read and understand your warranty at the time of purchase. Check out this post for tips on how to pick the perfect upholstery for your home.

Carpet Cleaning Service and Upholstery Care in Tacoma

If you're scheduling a carpet cleaning service in Tacoma but also need some help with upholstery, Tacoma Cleanpro can do it all. Contact them at (253) 229- 7499 to schedule both services and have your home's interior looking fresh and rejuvenated.

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