Upholstery cleaning is essential to maintaining the beauty and life of your fine furniture. However, if done inexpertly, upholstery cleaning can also have problems of its own. Here are some typical upholstery cleaning problems to watch out for and what you can do to fix them:
This usually happens when you use wrong chemicals to clean your upholstered furniture. Remember, wrong chemicals are the biggest enemies of your upholstered furniture; wrong chemicals can make the dye bleed. To avoid this problem from occurring in the future, use specific products along with dye stabilizers when cleaning different types upholstered furniture.
How can you minimize bleeding?
Using a cotton swab, apply a small amount of hydrogen peroxide onto the bleeding area. Leave it for a minute. Rinse the hydrogen peroxide solution with a neutralizing agent. If the bleeding is too excessive, call an upholstery cleaning professional for help.
Watermarks appear as rings or circles, and are the residue marks of sizing or soiling left behind due to improper spotting. In most cases they’re clear (you can only see their outlines), but in some cases, they may appear brown.
How can you remove watermarks?
Removing water marks is easy. Simply clean the area with the help of distilled water. However, make sure you don’t over wet it.
Browning typically occurs when you over wet the fabric of your upholstered furniture and leave it to air dry at its normal pace. Since the fabric is overly wet, it takes longer than usual for the fabric to dry. Meanwhile, the fabric will attract dirt and dust from its surrounding, leading to the development of brown spots on your upholstered furniture.
What can you do to remove these brown spots?
Rinse the fabric with a neutralizing agent specifically formulated for upholstery. If you’re not sure which agent will suit you best, you can always consult an upholstery cleaning service near you.
Last but not the least is shrinkage. It’s not a common problem like bleeding, watermarks or browning, but it does exist. It usually occurs in furniture made from cotton or cotton/rayon blends. There’s nothing much you can do to avoid it, since it’s an inherent property of the material from which the fabric is made, however, you can definitely fix it.
What can you do?
Simply apply steam to the affected areas and pull gently on the skirts to restore the fabric to its original shape.
Following these tips can help you avoid ruining your sofa, couch and other upholstered furniture even more. And if you want to completely avoid these problems, hire qualified professionals like Excellence Janitorial Services& Carpet Cleaning to clean your upholstery.
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