For those who work hard to keep their upholstery clean and free of stains, keep in mind that it is important to clean stains as they occur. It is also important to clean the stains properly or you could be ruining the furniture. Too many times furniture is ruined due to improper stain cleaning. Carpet Care 2000 will share how to properly remove stains from upholstery without damaging or ruining your furniture.
Vacuum Fabric Sofa
When taking care of your upholstery it is a good practice to always vacuum the upholstery’s surface once a week. This way if a stain does occur, you will have better success removing the stain. Dirt trapped in the upholstery can cause water or mineral stains to worsen. If you haven’t vacuumed your upholstery lately, make sure to vacuum the stain site before you begin cleaning the stain itself. By vacuuming the site first, you will be able to clean the stains without dirt or other substances causing the stain to multiply. Additionally, vacuum up the stained area first. This helps to remove some of the stain particles away as well.
Cleaning Code on Couch
Next, before you begin cleaning the stain, check your upholstery’s cleaning codes. Upholstery is made with a number of different fabric blends. This is why upholstery will have a tag with a cleaning code to let you know how to properly clean the fabric. There are four codes that are used to help provide a cleaning guide:
(W) – Code W stands for water based cleaning, so you should use water based shampoo or foam cleaner. It is safe to use a soft brush or sponge when cleaning W upholstery. However, never over wet W code upholstery as they can develop water ring stains.
(S) – Code S fabric stands for solvent or chem dry cleaning only. It is important to avoid water based cleaner. Only use dry-chem or solvent cleaners when cleaning S fabrics. Avoid using water to rinse or clean the stain.
(W/S) – Code W/S means it is safe to use a solvent or chem-dry cleaners, as well as water based cleaners. However, if you need to soak the fabric, dry the site with a fan.
(X) – Code X means you should not use any type of cleaner and only vacuum or lightly brush the surface.
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Once you have determined what type of fabric your upholstery is made of, make sure to use the right cleaning method and follow directions for your type of fabric. Often many people never check what type of fabric upholstery they have and never check the cleaning code. Always use the right cleaner, apply the cleaner to the stain and use a soft sponge or cloth and blot the stain. When working the stain out make sure to start on the outside of the stain and work your way inwards. Slowly work the stain out and leave the site to dry. For excessive staining or when upholstery needs to be deep cleaned, it is recommended to seek out professional assistance. For quality upholstery, carpet cleaning and more, contact Carpet Care 2000 and schedule our services today.