Common mistakes to avoid when cleaning upholstery

Common mistakes to avoid when cleaning upholstery

When it comes to cleaning upholstery, there are certain mistakes that should be avoided. The good news is that they’re very simple, however, if you’ve not been made aware of them, they can be easy to miss. So let’s look into the common mistakes to avoid when cleaning upholstery.

Common mistakes to avoid when cleaning upholstery

Keeping your upholstery clean not only enhances the aesthetics of your home but it also promotes a healthier indoor environment. This is why it’s so important to keep it clean. The first top common mistake to avoid should be one that’s easy to turn around.

Skipping vacuuming

When it comes to keeping upholstery in its best condition, you should regularly vacuum. Not only does this help set the fabric up for when the professionals come by, but it also helps to remove any dirt, dust, and debris.  Be gentle when doing this and remember you can usually find an upholstery attachment for the vacuum to thoroughly remove loose particles from the surface and crevices of your furniture.

Using incorrect cleaning products

Not all cleaning products are suitable for every type of upholstery fabric. Using harsh chemicals or incorrect cleaners can lead to discolouration, fading, or even permanent damage to the fabric which is why we always recommend to test any new products on a small, out-of-sight spot before applying it to the entire fabric.

Over-wetting the fabric

This one can be easy to not realise, but over-wetting the fabric can lead to an entirely new set of issues. Whether you’re trying a DIY method or just an upholstery-approved cleaning product, avoid saturating the fabric with both water and cleaning solution as this can cause irreparable damage to the natural fibres, silk or wool.

Scrubbing too hard

When a stain occurs on our upholstery the almost-instant reaction is to scrub. But don’t! While it might seem like scrubbing is helping and seems like the natural thing to do, it can actually damage the fabric fibres plus spread the stain even further. Instead, we always recommend to gently blot the stain with a clean cloth or sponge.

We hope that by pointing out some of these common mistakes when it comes to cleaning upholstery that you’ll be able to make a more informed decision when it comes to looking after your delicate fabrics and surfaces.

In order to prolong the life of your upholstery or to give it a revitalising and refreshing clean, we always recommend considering a professional upholstery clean at least once a year. We have an interesting blog article around the Top 3 Benefits of Upholstery Cleaning that may be of interest.

By avoiding the common mistakes we’ve mentioned above, you can generally leave your upholstery in a good state for when the professionals arrive.

To find out more information about our upholstery cleaning services, please feel free to leave us an enquiry HERE or contact us on 0400 634 609.

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