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Top 7 Upholstery Cleaning Mistakes

Upholstery cleaning mistakes are easy to make, but can be costly in the long-run. Upholstered furniture is expensive and should be treated with care. Upholstery can also cause a lot of abuse over time, so it's important that you know the best practices for upholstery cleaning before you start scrubbing away at your sofa or loveseat! The following 7 tips will help keep your upholstered furniture looking new:

 

Using a Vacuum Cleaner Without Attachment

Upholstered furniture can be difficult to reach with the right tools, but don't try cleaning it with your regular household vacuum - you might end up ruining or discoloring the fabric! Upholstery attachments are made specifically for this task and will provide better suction as well as gentle agitation.

Don't Scrub the Upholstery With a Brush or Broom

Upright brooms and kitchen brushes may seem like good choices for agitating stubborn stains on your couch, loveseat or chair; however, these bristles aren’t meant to be used on delicate fabrics such as those found on most sofas and chairs. Upholstery can tear easily if it’s brushed in the wrong direction, so only use a soft-bristled brush or upholstery attachment. Upholstered furniture shouldn't be scrubbed with a stiff bristle brush either

Don't Apply too Many Cleaning Solutions

If you're spot treating stains on your sofa or loveseat, upholstered furniture is made from delicate fabrics that are prone to staining and damage - which means they need special care! Before you start applying any kind of chemical cleaner to clean an area where there's been a spill, make sure you follow the recommended guidelines for application amount and frequency (this will usually be found right on the cleaner bottle). Too much product could leave behind residue and damage the material.

Treating with Wrong Methods

Upholstered furniture should never be treated with hot water or high-pressure cleaners as these can cause shrinkage and bleeding of color. Using soapy water instead of hot water when you're washing upholstered furniture, upholstery made from natural fibers such as cotton usually requires pre-treatment to remove stains before they've had time to set in hardening over time - which is why it's important to use lukewarm (not scalding) water for your wash cycle.

Don't Use Too Much Detergent

You'll know that you’ve added enough if bubbles start forming on top of the cleaner solution while the machine is filling up. If you find that your upholstery is water-resistant, you can skip the pre-treat step and just use a damp cloth to blot up fresh spills. In the search to make it look new you will eventually destroy upholstery products by using too many chemicals.

Using the Wrong Products

Upholstered furniture made from natural materials such as cotton are susceptible to color loss if they're cleaned with harsh chemicals or detergents containing bleach - which makes it important for you to choose an appropriate cleaner before tackling any stains on your newly purchased sofa! If you’re cleaning fabrics like polyester or leather, be sure not to use oil-based cleaners because these could damage the material; instead opt for abrasive free formulas that will dissolve away dirt without damaging fibers.

Putting Items On Top of Freshly Cleaned Upholstery

How often do you find yourself in a situation where you need to put something on the clean upholstery and resist doing so because of the fear that it will leave an imprint? Is it time to start feeling confident with your choice of furniture coverings again?

You shouldn't be doing this for the sack of upholstery, don't make it dirty again.

Conclusion

Upholstered furniture is expensive and should be treated with care. Upholstery can also cause a lot of abuse over time, so it's important that you know the best practices for upholstery cleaning before you start scrubbing away at your sofa or loveseat!

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