The Challenges of DIY Upholstery Cleaning
It’s your favourite upholstered chair but it’s also loved by the cat, your regularly visiting nephew and, on the odd occasion, someone’s gym bag!
While you don’t mind sharing the love, you don’t want to share the dirt and stains that come with it. So what’s better – sending it to the loving arms of an upholstery cleaner in Perth, or taking on the challenges of DIY upholstery cleaning? Take a seat, and let’s explore.
What Is Upholstery and Why Do I Need it Cleaned?
Upholstery is a combination of soft padding and a textile covering that’s applied as the outer layer of a piece of furniture. It can range from leather to textured material to silk. It’s really only limited by the designers imaginings.
The necessity for upholstery cleaning every 18 months or so is because your furniture can’t naturally repel dirt. Hair, food, accidental spills – they’re all unavoidable unless you cover it in plastic (and those days are, happily, long gone!) Regular upholstery cleaning will see you get the maximum amount of years out of your investment. Your home will remain a much healthy environment too with less bacteria harboured in the soft furnishings you sit and lie on.
Challenges of DIY Upholstery Cleaning
There are many challenges with doing your own upholstery cleaning and that’s after you understand what you’re dealing with.
First, look for the cleaning instructions on the manufacturer’s label. It will be somewhere on the furniture piece. If it isn’t, you can call an upholstery cleaner in Perth for advice. Labels range from ‘solvent only’ cleaning to ‘water-based’ cleaning, to a possible combination of both, to avoiding all of these. With the right cleaner in hand, apply it to a small spot of fabric or leather that’s out of view, just to test how it responds to your cleaner. If all is good, you’re on your way.
Stains are a whole new level of cleaning management. It’s certainly not one cleaner fits all! Try not to rub the stain as you’ll probably spread it further and deeper into the fabric. Removal of some stains can be achieved through a stain remover but be careful and be sure: there’s no practice run here!
The final hurdle of upholstery cleaning is something we all have to get over – or rather, into. It’s getting in amongst the dips, pleats, crevasses and hem lines without damaging the chair. It’s challenging and is most successful with the right tools. It’s not really cost effective for you to purchase these tools yourself, but if you’re keen, find out where upholstery cleaners in Perth buy their equipment.
Contact Upholstery Cleaners in Perth
Better still, if the DIY aspect of upholstery cleaning has you crawling under the cushions, why not bring in the experts – Perth Carpet Cleaning. Our knowledge of what cleaner to use on which fabric puts us way ahead of the pack. Combine this with the ability to remove stains you simply can’t at home (without the sweat and swearing!) and we simply have to be your first stop for expert upholstery cleaning.
We make it cleaner, fresher, brighter – and healthier, and look forward to rejuvenating your cherished upholstery soon.