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3 Questions About Professional Upholstery Cleaning

Your home is equipped with the furniture pieces you need most for your lifestyle and interior design. Got a comfy recliner? Does your living room have an elegant sofa that has stood the test of a few redecorating projects? The best way to take care of these well-loved furniture pieces is to get them professionally cleaned at least once a year.

The Carpet Center is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, IICRC, and The Clean Trust to offer our customers professional upholstery cleaning when they need it in Conway, Arkansas.

1. How Often Does My Upholstery Need Cleaning?

The general rule is to have your upholstery cleaned every year. The length of time your furniture can safely go without being properly cleaned depends on use.  You may need to get it cleaned more frequently if you have pets, young children playing around the house, or if someone who lives in the house suffers from allergies or a weak immune system.

For pets, eyeball it. Does your upholstery look dull? Is the odor getting distinct enough that even you can smell it? It’s time for a cleaning and possibly a new piece of furniture that your pet can claim as their own.

If you have kids playing in the house, you’ll want to clean your upholstery on a regular basis. Even if you vacuum every week and keep a sharp eye on stains and spills, you’ll still need professional upholstery cleaning.

2. How Can I Tell When My Upholstery Needs to be Professionally Cleaned?

Need to see how much dirt has built up on your sofa before deciding to call a professional cleaner? Take a white towel and rub it all over the surface of your sofa. Take a look at the towel and see if a dull—or strong—gray or brown shade has appeared.

To test your upholstery for allergens, all you need is a vacuum hose and black cloth. Secure the black cloth around the vacuum hose with a rubber band. Run the hose over the upholstery. Allergens and dust will show up on the black cloth as tiny white pieces of debris.

3. Why Hire a Professional?

When you purchase a sofa or recliner for your home, you are making an investment. Not only is good furniture expensive, the right piece that fits your lifestyle and interior design is hard to find. Once you’ve got your home properly furnished, you’ll want to keep it that way.

Professional upholstery cleaning will extend the life of your furniture. It is recommended that you have the upholstery of your furniture professionally cleaned once a year. 

Upholstery cleaning is not as easy as it seems. There are plenty of DIY blogs with tips and tricks on how to clean your upholstery. What these blogs don’t know is what kind of fabric you are dealing with. For example: not all microfiber is made the same. A professional will know better because they have more experience.

A proper upholstery cleaning requires the right equipment, equipment that only a professional has access to, and the correct amount of water and detergent. Any extra water or detergent on your upholstery and you risk ruining the fabric.