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Children and pets leave messes on our upholstered couches that no one wants to talk about. These messes can leave behind unpleasant odors. Even though you may have grown accustomed to the smell, your guests are likely to notice as soon as they enter your home.
Dirt and dust are also a problem because they can cause allergies or other respiratory problems if your upholstered furniture is not cleaned regularly.
Below are some do-it-yourself tips on how to keep your upholstery clean:
Vacuum Your Upholstery with Gusto
The best way to clean upholstery is to vacuum it regularly. It will help remove any dirt, dust, or pet hair clinging to the fabric.
Vacuum attachments are your best friends when it comes to cleaning up messes. Vacuum attachments can tackle crevices in couches and chairs that suck up pet hair and crushed Cheez-its.
If allergies are a concern, make sure to vacuum your upholstery often with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. HEPA-equipped vacuums throw less dirt and fewer microscopic dust mites back into the room as you vacuum.
Clean Spills Immediately
Spills can cause stains, so it’s important to make sure the liquid is blotted up – not scrubbed – quickly. You can also use a mild soap and water solution to spot-clean stains.
Use a fabric protector that is designed to protect your fabric upholstery from stains. We recommend and use KleenGuard®. KleenGuard® is an industry-leading product from KleenRite® that allows you extra time to clean up a fresh spill, preventing permanent stains.
Consider Furniture Covers
Some owners like to cover sofas with simple blankets, but others choose to install water-resistant sofa covers specifically designed to keep hair, dirt and other kid & pet messes off upholstered items.
Common Messes That Can Wear Your Upholstered Furniture Down
What do we do when our couch smell starts to take over the house?
Baby or Pet Vomit
Vomit is one of the more disgusting stains to remove, whether it came from a baby or a fur baby.
Read your furniture care label to determine if the upholstery is washable. If it is and the accident is fresh, remove as much of the vomit as possible. If the accident is dried, spray with a small amount of water to make it easier to remove.
Sprinkle baking soda directly on the area and let it sit for a few hours. Then use a wet/dry vac and vacuum the baking soda off the furniture. Repeat.
If the stain remains (cat vomit tends to stain), contact Commercial Cleaning and Restoration.
You can’t help but gush over the cuteness of children, but they can leave a horrifying ‘path of destruction’ while eating or playing on your upholstered sofa.
Before a do-it-yourself cleaning, look at your furniture’s care instructions. Use a natural cleaning solutions for your couch because commercial stain cleaners contain potent chemicals that hurt your upholstery fibers.
We recommend giving your couch a *thorough* deep clean with a professional. We can make your upholstered furniture, look as if your toddler hasn’t tormented it for months with apple juice stains, markers, and crushed Cheez-its.
Baby or Pet Urine and Poo
Wetting and poo accidents on your couch, whether it’s from your toddler or your puppy, are just no fun. Luckily, there are solutions to save your favorite piece of furniture.
Remove the bulk of the mess as soon as possible. Use a dry rag to soak up urine. Use paper towels to pick up poo. Once you have removed the mess, follow up with rags dampened with warm water to blot away (don’t rub) the rest of the mess.
Pee can quickly turn a beloved sofa that’s a hub for the family into a whole lot of stink that needs to be avoided. We recommend and use enzyme cleaners that will effectively break down the proteins in pee and poo which are the cause of the odor.
You can’t avoid the potty accidents, but you can definitely contact Commercial Cleaning and Restoration to do something about the aftermath.
Cat and Dog Hair
Pet owners can all agree that no spot is safe when it comes to shedding. Somehow our furry friends’ hair finds its way into the hardest-to-reach places on your upholstered sofa and chairs.
And it can be downright tedious to try to remove all of that pet hair on a daily basis—especially if you own more than one pet. One easy way to remove pet hair from upholstery and fabric is with a dampened rubber glove. Simply run your hand over the surface to attract the hair.
Unwanted Outside Pests
Pets often bring fleas and ticks—anything from outside—into your home. Fleas love to hide in the seams of your armchairs, and any place else warm and cozy, so you need to make a real effort to get them out.
Professional steam cleaning can work well in ridding your upholstery of fleas and flea eggs. However, always ask pest control specialist if there is more to rid your home of unwanted pests.
Let the Experts Clean Your Odor and Stains
We Read Upholstery Care Labels
Upholstery fabric is from various materials, including cotton, silk, wool, and synthetic fibers. Care labels are on all upholstered furniture. These labels provide information on how to clean and maintain your furniture.
They are also required to list any special cleaning instructions. For example, some fabrics require dry cleaning only, while others may be machine-washable.
We are Upholstery Specialist
Commercial Cleaning and Restoration will select the best cleaning and fabric protection solution for your furniture.
We use enzyme cleaners to clean any sticky spills and stains. They are a great alternative to chemical cleaners by overriding certain risks such as allergic reactions and skin problems and are planet friendly.
Carpet • Tile • Area Rugs • Upholstered Furniture
At Commercial Cleaning & Restoration, we want the best for you and your carpet and we will work to prove it to you.
We also clean area rugs and upholstery.
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Having your floors cleaned professionally is one of the best ways to ensure that your air quality is improved. We suggest professional cleaning every six to twelve months. If you have pets in the home or suffer from allergies, you should consider more frequent cleanings.