You likely know the value of getting your carpets professionally cleaned regularly, but have you given any thought to your upholstered furniture? It gets just as dirty – if not more so – than your carpets, and should get the same TLC. Here are four top reasons why it’s important to get your upholstery professionally cleaned at the same time.
1. Extend Life of Furniture
You spent a lot of money on your upholstered furniture. You don’t want to have to get rid of it before its time, due to the presence of stains and odors. Because quality furniture is a big investment, you want to protect that investment so it lasts as long as possible – and that means proper upholstery care and cleaning.
This will lead to a longer lifespan for your dining room chairs, couches, armchairs, and ottomans. If you think you can do it yourself, think again. Actually, DIY upholstery cleaning can cause more damage to your furniture, and in the end your furniture won’t even be thoroughly cleaned.
That’s because there are different cleaning methods for different materials, such as leather, suede, and fabric. Even using water on some materials can leave rings or cause shrinkage. The cleaning method will also vary with the type of stain. Water-based spills such as juice and soda are cleaned in a different manner than oil-based spills such as greasy foods, salad dressing or butter. Then, if you add in several stain types on one piece of furniture, such as lipstick, ice cream, nail polish or blood mixed with the above, the situation is even trickier to resolve.
2. Remove Dander and Sweat
Upholstery can harbor many unpleasant by-products, such as sweat, oils, dirt and pet dander. Professional upholstery cleaning will remove those deeply embedded substances that have taken root in the fibers of your upholstery. When you rent a machine from the home improvement store and do it yourself, you’re only getting the surface dirt.
3. Enhance Upholstery Appearance
Most homeowner become blind to how dirty their upholstered furniture actually is. Even if it’s been months or years since you last cleaned your upholstery, it’s easy to miss the dirt, debris and grime that have been caked on. You don’t even see it anymore, as it blends in with the room after a while. When you hire a professional to finally clean your furniture, you will be amazed at the difference in the before and after. They can do anything from condition your leather couch to spot-treat stained areas, which all adds to the overall appeal of your upholstered items. Indeed, the whole room will look brighter!
4. Remove Lingering Odors
Once odors set in, they tend to linger for a very long time. You may have tried Band-Aid solutions such as air fresheners and Febreze, but a few minutes, later, the odor is back. Foul smells can be left by anything, such as leftover residue from food or pet stains, but professional cleaning can attack and neutralize odors at the source so they don’t return.
Contact 1st Class Carpet Cleaning and Restoration
The technicians at 1st Class Carpet Cleaning and Restoration use steam cleaning, hot water extraction, carpet deodorizers and even anti-bacterial treatments to ensure all your upholstery looks and smells great. To schedule an upholstery cleaning, call us at (248) 491-3088.