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11Apr 2014
Upholstery Cleaning: DIY Or Hire A Professional?
Upholstery Cleaning: DIY Or Hire A Professional?When it comes to reinvigorating a tired old sitting room, one of the best techniques will be to clean the fabrics in the room. If you have carpets then you should certainly get them cleaned as the difference it can make can be incredibly effective. Cleaning the upholstered furniture can make a big difference as well, and there is often confusion surrounding who should be doing the cleaning. Do you get on with it yourself, or do you call in a professional? Over the next few paragraphs you will find a few varying ideas as to how you should approach the problem, as after all everyone is different, and so are their sofas, so you need to make the decision for yourself!For a start, let’s look at the argument for cleaning the sofa and armchairs yourself. For a start, if you have cotton based coverings that can be removed and machine washed, then your question is answered for you. There is some debate as to whether a sofa covering that is removed can be washed without the whole thing losing its shape a little, but if you follow the manufacturer’s instructions, then you shouldn’t have any issues really. In a sense, there is a lot to be said for trying this out on a cool wash, having applied some decent stain removal pre-wash liquid or powder, just to ensure that you get rid of the worst of the dirt. If your covers can’t be removed, then you still have cause to do things yourself, as there is a lot that you can get rid of with a bucket of soapy water and a sponge! If your upholstery is not made from anything particularly delicate, then you should be able to scrub away at it with a damp cloth or sponge, and remove a decent amount of dirt, which could be enough to get rid of obvious stains, and reinvigorate the colors in the upholstery. If you are going to go ahead with this on your own, then you should be sure not to get the upholstery too wet. Over saturating the upholstery will only lead to issues where the padding beneath the covers will get wet, and this will take a while to dry. If the sofa gets too wet, then the wet may leave a nasty smell, which will be hard to get rid of. When you have finished cleaning, open the windows to air the room for faster drying.If you call a professional, then all worries about using the wring chemical on certain fabrics will be gone, as the professional upholstery cleaner will have enough knowledge and experience to be able to give you a good idea of what it is that you are up against. They should be able to tell you over the phone as to whether it is a job that you can or cannot do yourself, but of course, they will tend to err on the side of having to do the job themselves. You will get a wonderfully thorough clean with a professional service, as they will be able to use the processes that best suits the upholstery, to ensure that you get all the dirt out of your furniture, whether it is a severe stain, or an overall overhaul. There are many different ways in which a professional cleaner can get your upholstery looking great, but you’ll have to ring them to hear as to how they would do your job.