Common Sofa Cleaning Methods
When dealing with the dirt and grime that is on sofas, companies use different methods to get the task done. This is dependent on their resources, and the skill level of the personnel involved, plus the principles that the particular business operates with. Certainly, the kinds of soiling being dealt with also matters, and the speed of the process. Here are various ways in which sofas are cleaned:
- Hot water extraction
Here, heated water is pumped directly into the sofa fabric and padding, dislodging the soiling and grime. Coupled with scrubbing action and cleaning agents, the dirt is broken down, and flushed out to the surface. The powerful vacuum connected to the unit simultaneously sucks back the contents from the furniture. In the process, the bulk of the moisture is also removed, which speeds up the drying time. Note that this method is used for upholsteries with synthetic material or wool, since other materials are sensitive to the application of water.
This method comes with benefits such as ensuring that a deep clean has been provided – where the grime is actually got rid of, not simply pushing it deeper into the furniture. The temperatures involved also destroy the insects and colonies of microbes that are in the upholstery, enhancing its health standards.
- Dry sofa cleaning
For the sofas with delicate fabrics, or upholsteries that are not water-resistant, then dry cleaning may be carried out. Here, first the type of fabric is inspected, plus the kinds of stains and dirt spots being dealt with. This will determine which kinds of cleaning solutions will be required. To prep the sofa, the cleaning personnel will apply pre-treatments on the stains and dirt spots. These begin the process of chemically breaking down the gunk. Powerful solvents then come in, applied via machine under pressure, to ensure that it gets deep into the upholstery. These contents – the solvents and the dissolved dirt– are then suctioned out.
- Dry foam cleaning
This is usually used for the upholsteries that are really delicate. The unit is first vacuumed, and then sprayed with a conditioning agent, which dissolves the dirt. Foam is then applied, paying particular attention not to overwet the material. The contents are then allowed a specific dwelling time, such as 10 minutes, during which the foam hardens together with the soiling that has been absorbed. This material is then vacuumed off.
Working On Fabric Sofas
We cater to both natural and synthetic fabric upholsteries. From the plant-based linen and cotton, to the silk and wool sofas, rayon that is sourced from processed wood pulp; polyester, nylon, olefin and acrylic sofas. We even deal with microfibre fabric upholsteries. Since each of these has their particular requirements, our personnel will ensure that the appropriate method is used or your particular set. They will have a detailed discussion with you about the options that are available, for you to make a well-informed decision. We are also keen on using eco-friendly products- after all, you don’t want your carbon footprint increasing in the course of the sofa cleaning. There is no chemical residue left behind in the upholstery, or toxic fumes being released into the indoor air space. Our personnel will also be sure to bring any anomalies within the establishment that are putting the furniture at risk to your attention, that way arrangements can be made to resolve them early to avoid widespread damage that would have occurred later on.
Dealing with leather upholstery is different from the fabric units. For instance, while water can be used for the occasional wiping, when it comes to giving the sofa a deep clean, water is not recommended. It’s also particularly sensitive to the pH of the solutions used on it, given that it is basically skin.
Leather upholsteries also come in different types. For instance, there’s aniline leather where there are no pigmentation treatments infused into the material – for a more luxurious and natural flair; and semi- aniline units that have the pigmentation in order to increase their durability; all through to nubuck and suede leather units, each with their strengths and drawbacks. the cleaning method adopted for each needs to be specific to the particular type of material, in order to prevent it from getting damaged.
After the cleaners inspect the condition of the leather and determine the appropriate cleaning solution to use, the product is applied onto the furniture, followed by cleaning off the grime with soft brushes and cloths. Leather conditioners can also be applied, to rejuvenate the material.
Tips For Taking Care Of Your Leather Sofa
Certainly, you want your leather sofa set to look elegant for long. In addition to the occasional cleaning sessions, here are extra steps to take to protect your furniture:
- Keep it away from direct sunlight
The sun’s heat will dry out the upholstery, resulting in cracks and loss of that comfortable feel. When rearranging the furniture in your living or working space, ensure that your particular position the leather sofas away from direct sunlight.
The same case applies when you’re dealing with the fireplaces and room heaters. The heat they will produce will cause moisture to evaporate from the leather, negatively affecting your set.
- Trim your pet’s nails
We all love our furry members of the family. However, the cat and dog claws can do quite a lot of damage to the upholstery. To prevent numerous scratches form being formed, regularly cut your pet’s nails.
- Keep sharp objects of the sofa
An accident can result and ruin your set. Knives, pens, and even pencils should be kept off the sofa. That way you won’t have a situation of tears on the sofa, or holes being poked into the upholstery – which would have gradually widened over time.
- Routine wiping
A build-up of perspiration on the sofa causes the protective coating to deteriorate due to the acids that are in the sweat, body oils that cause more dirt to accumulate given that they trap soiling – these should be regularly wiped off with a moist cloth.