Cleaning Upholstery

Cleaning upholstery is a task that can easily go wrong and result in potential damage. This is because each type of fabric can handle different levels of heat, agitation, and moisture compared to others.

Some fabrics can be steam cleaned while others will be severely damaged if steam is applied. Other types of fabrics can be dry clean only while others have manufactures specifications to not use hot water extraction.

This is why it's good to use professional upholstery cleaning services to do everything for you including applying fabric protection after the clean to increase the lifespan of your furniture and keep it cleaner for longer. But if you want to have a go at it yourself, here are some general tips, tricks, and advice for cleaning upholstery yourself.

Here are some tips for cleaning upholstery yourself so that you can keep your furniture looking great for years to come.

The first step in cleaning upholstery is identifying the type of fabric you have, Different fabrics require different cleaning methods, so make sure you know what you are dealing with before you start.

Some types of fabrics can’t handle much moisture or heat while others can handle a lot. It’s very important that you identify the type of fabric before you attempt to clean it because this will greatly influence what you use and how you use it.

Wool does not get cleaned the same way that polypropylene does and viscose will not be cleaned the same way that nylon will, so it’s imperative to first identify the type of fabric before you attempt to clean it.

Cleaning Upholstery
Upholstery Dry Cleaning

Once you have identified the fabric, vacuum the upholstery using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner.

If the upholstery is looking particularly stained or dirty, you may need to resort to alternative cleaning methods.

A common home remedy that we do not recommend is a neutral laundry detergent or dish soap.

Start by applying a small amount of gentle laundry detergent or dish soap to a clean rag and gently agitate it into the stains. Do not aggressively rub as this can tuft fibres and permanently damage them. Allow this mixture to sit for a few minutes, and then try to extract it with a clean towel and blot it dry.

How to Clean Upholstery With Baking Soda

Baking soda can be a great way to clean upholstery. It's natural, effective, and doesn't leave any harmful residues. To clean upholstery with baking soda, simply sprinkle it onto the fabric and gently agitate it in. Then, vacuum off the baking soda, and your upholstery could be clean and fresh-smelling!

Alternatively, you can sprinkle the baking soda, spray an upholstery cleaner over it and then agitate the mixture into the fabric followed by extracting it with a towel or wet-vac.

How to Clean A Fabric Chair

To clean a fabric chair:

1. Identify the type of fabric and what levels of heat, moisture, and agitation it can handle
2. Pre-vacuum the entire chairs fabric
3. Apply your cleaning solution
4. Agitate the solution into the fabric
5. Either extract or let dry depending on the solution

How to Clean A Lounge

There are a few ways to clean a lounge. One is to vacuum it to remove any dirt or debris after you identify the fabric type. Then, agitate the lounge with a slightly damp cloth with your cleaning solution on it to remove stuck-on grime. Finally, use a soft brush to scrub the fabric's surface and restore its appearance gently.

Another option is to use a mixture of cool or luke-warm water and mild detergent, which can help remove stubborn stains and dirt. You can also add a little vinegar to the mixture for extra cleaning power if you want. Whichever method you choose, be sure to dry the lounge well and let it air dry completely before using it again.

How to Clean A Sofa

Sofas can be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner, steam cleaner, and upholstery shampoo:

1. Identify the type of fabric
2. Vacuum the sofa to remove any loose dirt, dust, or crumbs
3. Apply an upholstery shampoo and agitate it in
4. Extract the solution or let it air dry depending on how the solution works
5. Try to dry the sofa as quick as you can with cold air

Depending on the type of fabric and how soiled it is, repeat these steps as needed to keep your sofa looking and feeling clean and fresh.

How to Clean A Couch

You can clean a couch by vacuuming it, using a steam cleaner, and an upholstery shampoo.

1. Identify the type of fabric
2. Vacuum the couch to remove any dust or dirt
3. Apply your cleaning solution and agitate it in
4. Extract or leave the solution in depending how it works

Depending on the type of couch and the condition it is in, you may need to use a different method or combination of methods to get it looking sparkling clean. Whatever method you use, be sure to follow any instructions provided by the manufacturer for optimal results.

How to Clean Leather

Leather is a natural material that needs to be cleaned and conditioned regularly to look and feel its best.

For cleaning leather, firstly, identify the type of leather you have because this will determine how it gets cleaned. If it’s painted leather, you do not want to wet it as this will make the dyes run.

If it’s pigmented, aniline, or semi-aniline leather, then you should be ok to use an upholstery shampoo and leather conditioner.

If it’s safe to proceed, vacuum the surface of your leather item to remove any dirt or dust.

Next, apply your cleaning solution to small sections and gently brush it across the material with a very soft brush.

Finally, use a dry cloth to remove any excess moisture, and then apply a leather conditioner or moisturiser to enhance the sheen and suppleness of your leather. If you follow these steps regularly, your leather will look great for years to come!

How To Get The Best Results

To get the most out of upholstery cleaning, a professional company performing the service for you should deliver the best results. Brisbane Upholstery Cleaning offers a range of professional services that can clean many different types of fabrics to an incredible standard.

We service commercial venues and can also clean other items such as mattresses, bed heads, and outdoor furniture with amazing results. Get in touch with us to experience the best upholstery cleaning service in Brisbane.