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Upholstery Cleaning - How to Make It Look New Again

Updated on August 11, 2009
By Anna Majkowska
By Anna Majkowska

Cleaning Upholstery

Anyone that has a child under the age of 10 has experienced the discouraging site of their furniture becoming a place of spills, stains, and "drawings". It seems that despite rules and guidance provided to your children, kids just seem to find a way to get greasy, colorful, or smeared stains all over the parts of your most used furniture.

Parents often fear the moment of walking into a room and see their child holding a marker. Next, they realize that the marker in their child's hand was already applied itself to the couches, chairs, stairs, LCD TV, and most of the toys in the toy chest. The only relief is that the discovered marker is "washable" instead of the permanent sharpie still sitting on the desk in the other room.

Before you get too worked up about the damage done to your nice furniture, just remember that you can always clean your upholstery. It often is a lot easier than you think, and only takes a short amount of time.

At first a little water may seem to do the trick, but often it just bleeds the washable color into more of the furniture and carpet. To get started, you'll need hot water and carpet cleaner.

Before you get started cleaning your upholstery, be sure to check with the type of fabric used on the furniture to verify the type of different cleaning approaches may have.

If your furniture doesn't have any significant warnings about cleaning methods, often carpet cleaning material can be used to help clean upholstery. Mixing small amounts of carpet cleaner with sufficient amounts of water and applied with care to your furniture can have a quick and positive impact on the way your upholstery looks.

If you have a carpet shampooer, you can use the arm or hose piece to apply the cleaner/water mix and quickly suck back the water out of the furniture. This often is the most impact-full way to clean upholstery.

Depending on the type of furniture, and the color of the stain, it is often best to apply a cleaning to the entire piece of furniture. Only cleaning parts may leave a "wet" stain in the areas you dampened. Cleaning the entire surface area of the impacted furniture or upholstery can eliminate such cleaning after effects.

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Blue Coral DC23 Dri-Clean Upholstery Cleaner. 23 oz.
Blue Coral DC23 Dri-Clean Upholstery Cleaner. 23 oz.

For more difficult upholstery stains, try Blue Coral Upholstery Cleaner. Safe on nylon and synthetics

 

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      shellyl88 

      7 years ago

      I think a rented machine is great for small or minor stains - just make sure you test a small section of the piece of furniture before you use it on the entire thing. Some fabrics can become discolored because of the formula used in the cleaner.

      For a tough stain, I always get a professional upholstery cleaner because I know they'll get the job done right without me having to worry about my furniture. There's a great service in Austin - http://www.hartscarpetcleaning.com that I'd highly recommend to anyone looking. They do a great job!

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      Sally Adam 

      8 years ago

      You need to make sure, DON'T RUB while cleaning with water or any cleaning liquide, rubbing will make matter more worse.

      There are many differnt kinds of upholstery, i will give you a quick guide for material used in upholstery:

      Velvet/Cotton - Dont not wash, clean at 30 degree cels, we use top of the range upholstery cleaning equipments to remove stains. Visit our website http://www.mastercleaning.co.uk for more info and tips.

      Leather upholstery: clean with dump cloth and then polishing & protection materials.

      Leather Polishing

      Leather is sometimes polished for special occasions when you want a glossy finish. Some products contain colouring factors that will brush off on things you come in contact with. Some products also have a tendency to clog the pores in leather or dry leather out. Just as with cleaning, be sure to test out the product on a small area and when ready, buff to a shine.

      Leather Protection

      Moisture barriers are crucial in preventing rain or other liquid hazards from damaging leather. Stiffness and spouting will occur if leather isn't protected beforehand. There is a disadvantage in protecting leather with a moisture barrier product is that they tend to fill in the pores with a greasiness that makes cleaning, conditioning, and polishing difficult, but it's a necessary process to ensure leather isn't destroyed. Periodically apply a moisture barrier and allow time for it to penetrate and dry before using your leather item.

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