Couch Stain Cleaning
The fabric used in the manufacture of couches varies. Cotton upholstery and leather are extremes of the spectrum. Couches can be difficult to clean. Debris, spills, and dirt are trapped on fabric sofas. If not dealt with quickly, they penetrate the fabric and cause a stain.
Letting a professional handle the job is recommended. Technicians know the dry cleaning and other cleaning products that can be used safely.
Sofas should frequently be vacuumed, and stains addressed quickly to minimize the buildup of dirt. Spills should be blotted to prevent further stain. Doing so keeps a fabric sofa looking good. Letter codes are used by manufacturers to indicate how furniture is to be cleaned.
The letters can be hard to decipher. ‘W’ stands for water-based cleaning. ‘S’ means to use a commercial drying cleaning solvent. ‘S-W’ indicates that either can be used. ‘X’ means the furniture should only be vacuumed. Without the knowledge given here, it would be very easy to treat the fabric of a couch improperly.
After inspecting a couch, professionals will use a bristle brush to remove caked on dirt. The dirtiest areas are usually the armrests and headrest. Often they require more attention.
Vacuuming will remove surface debris.
The debris is made up of such things as food crumbs, pet hair, and dust. Cushions are removed if possible. The seat is thoroughly vacuumed. Even the bottom of the couch is vacuumed to remove dirt.
Some fabrics will bleed from both dry and wet cleaning. Most can be cleaned by steam cleaning that incorporates the use of water and detergent. If the couch can be steam cleaned, it will be. Proper technique is needed to remove the wet cleaning solution without doing harm to the fabric.
Stains are often caused by spillage. Even water spills can stain fabrics. A white oil-based spill is likely to stain any fabric. Spots can reappear after cleaning. Foaming upholstery cleaners are used that won’t water soak the fabric.
The strands of microfiber fabric are very thin. They can be made to resemble leather or suede. Microfiber repels water. The durable fabric is well-suited for couches. Advertisements and salespeople give the impression that microfiber is nearly indestructible and impervious to stains. That is not the case.
What makes microfiber so difficult to clean is that most microfiber couches cannot be cleaned with soap and water. Water rings can result. Microfiber is polyester-based. A technician will use cleaning solutions that are safe for polyester. Microfiber may become hard. A technique is used to fluff up the surface and make it soft once again.
Couch cushions are designed to take the wear and tear they receive. Properly cared for they can last longer. Pet hair and dirt break down fabric fibers in cushions. Keeping them clean is important.
Most cushions are vacuumed to remove as much hair and dirt as possible. Heavily soiled, or stained areas are pretreated. A cleaning technique is used to allow the nap of the fabric to continue to look new. Covers are removed and cleaned with suitable cleaning products. Hot air is used to force dry and prevent shrinkage.
Vinyl couches and cushions are the easiest to clean. Warm water and mild cleaning solutions are used. All detergent residue is then removed from the couch and cushions. They are either allowed to air dry of wiped down with clean cloths.
Couches will last longer and look better when professionally cleaned. The proper products are used to prevent damage to the fabric selection of the couch. Techniques are used to ensure the nap of the fabric is not comprised. Proper drying equipment and techniques prevent shrinking and mold and mildew from forming.