When you finally arrive at your house after a long day at work, you probably flop on your couch. You kick off your muddy shoes and dump your bags, which have picked up dirt along the way home. As your kids tumble back in the house and greet you, they spread more grime as they jump up to join you on the sofa.
When it’s time for some snacks, one of your children accidentally spills some juice on the couch. You scrub at the stain for an hour, but now it actually looks worse. When you search for some remedies, you discover “Knowing How to Clean a Couch Properly” by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
Tips for Cleaning Microfiber and Leather
Here are some of the IICRC tips for cleaning couches, which are generally made up of microfiber or leather:
- Microfiber: These sofas tend to attract more soil, which can become embedded in the fabric. The first step is to locate the problem areas and remove the dry soil and debris first. According to the IIRC, “The soil that is beneath the surface of the fibers has to be suspended in some form of solution and then removed using an agitator and steam applicator or another special vacuum. Because microfiber sofas are usually made from polyester, they should not be exposed to large quantities of water for long, as this can leave a permanent mark.”
- Leather: Although these sofas don’t attract as much soil as microfiber couches, any visible soil and debris should be removed from leather ones before starting treatment. In general, dirt generally does not penetrate leather, so only surface treatment is usually needed. Gentle detergents, followed with oil specifically made for restoring leather, is the best approach. The secret for preserving leather is moisturizing the material. Without regular treatment, leather furniture can become sticky, rough or discolored.
Problems to Avoid
If you have tackled tough stains on your sofa, you already know that even the most diligent efforts can backfire. Without the proper knowledge, you may inadvertently cause more harm than good.
Here are some of the problems to avoid:
- Applying too much water
- Using the wrong chemicals or detergents
- Failing to remove all loose soil and debris
Stain and dirt removal may be nearly impossiblel without a high-powered vacuum and formulated stain fighting solutions, which professionals use. Homeowners attempting to treat leather may permanently scratch a sofa. Once the damage is done, these mistakes cannot be rectified.
Professional Upholstery Cleaning
THe IICRC stresses that “Certified professionals are trained to remove dry and penetrated soil after it has been suspended. With powerful HEPA certified vacuums, safe suspension solutions, and well-designed wet applicators and agitators, a professional will have no trouble extracting as much soil as possible.
“Just as important as the treatment process, though, is how the furniture dries. Do-it-yourselfers often leave too much water behind after treating the sofa, and this can cause the furniture to soil faster in the future or facilitate mold growth. A professional knows exactly how to treat the sofa without causing drying issues, making this a much safer option for a family.”
Reliable Stain Removal
If your family enjoys gathering on your sofa and other upholstered chairs in your home, the materials covering your furniture can take a beating. These areas will readily show the following:
- Food stains
- Pet hair
- Embedded dirt
After you’ve used your fireplace or experienced a fire in your home, upholstery can also hold the smoke and other odors for weeks or months. You’ll notice an unpleasant odor in your home, which deodorizing aerosols simply won’t eliminate.
NWA Restore It, Inc. offers professional cleaning services for all of the upholstery in your home. Our experienced and highly skilled team will leave your sofas and chairs completely clean and eliminate all offensive odors. We follow the IICRC standards and train accordingly. NWA Restore It, Inc. is dedicated to providing complete customer satisfaction. For affordable general contractor services in Springdale, AR, contact us to schedule an appointment today.