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  • Laurie Pearson


When it comes to upholstery cleaning, there are several principles you can follow to ensure effective and safe cleaning practices. Here are seven principles for upholstery cleaning:

  • Pre-inspection: Before you start cleaning, thoroughly inspect the upholstery to identify any stains, spots, or areas that require special attention. This allows you to determine the appropriate cleaning methods and products to use.

  • Testing: Always perform a spot test on a small, inconspicuous area of the upholstery before proceeding with the full cleaning. This helps ensure that the cleaning solution or method you plan to use does not damage or discolor the fabric.

  • Vacuuming: Start the cleaning process by vacuuming the upholstery to remove loose dirt, dust, and debris. Use a soft brush attachment or upholstery-specific vacuum cleaner to avoid damaging the fabric.

  • Gentle Cleaning Solutions: Select a cleaning solution that is appropriate for the specific upholstery fabric. Avoid using harsh chemicals or bleach, as they can damage or discolor the fabric. Look for mild, pH-neutral cleaners designed for upholstery.

  • Blotting: When dealing with stains or spills, avoid rubbing or scrubbing vigorously, as it can spread the stain and damage the fabric. Instead, blot the affected area gently with a clean cloth or paper towel to absorb the liquid or lift the stain.

  • Proper Technique: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and recommended cleaning techniques for the specific type of upholstery fabric. Use gentle motions and avoid excessive moisture to prevent over-wetting the fabric.

  • Drying: Allow the upholstery to dry thoroughly after cleaning. Open windows or use fans to promote air circulation and expedite the drying process. Avoid using the furniture until it is completely dry to prevent the growth of mold or mildew.

Remember, if you are unsure about any aspect of upholstery cleaning or dealing with delicate or valuable upholstery, it’s best to consult a professional upholstery cleaner to ensure the appropriate care and maintenance.

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