Upholstery Cleaning Tips

SHOULD YOU WASH CUSHION COVERS

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SHOULD YOU WASH CUSHION COVERS

It’s a very easy thing to do ….  you notice your sofa cushions are a little dingy, which is perfectly normal with kids, pets and normal usage. So you decide to -do-it yourself and wash the cushion covers.  They come out looking nice . But you also notice a little problem.  The colors aren’t as bright as they used to be , and it takes a lot of effort to get the covers back over the  foam cushions themselves.  In fact , for one cushion, you can’t even get it zipped up all the way. The reason is that cushion covers are not designed to be washed like normal laundry.  ” But it has zippers!”  you exclaim.  That’s for the furniture manufacturing or the upholsterer. Keep these points in mind if you are tempted to wash your cushion covers. 1.  When you wash the cushion covers ,  there is some danger in fabric shrinkage and dye loss .  If this happens ,  not much you can do to fix it. 2.  Shrinkage typically happens in the drier,  so if you are tempted to wash your cushion covers ,  hang them to dry ( but remember there is always risk.) 3.  Dyes are funny things.  The dyes on your favorite t-shirts are pretty tough and durable and last a long time,  but on upholstery they can bleed or fade. 4.  Putting  cushion covers in the laundry can also cause problems with the integity of the fabric,  such as any latex backing that can be present,  delamination,  or the seperation of the face fiber and backing , can occur. So while you may do this ,  remove your cushion covers for laundering ,  keep these points in mind and be very careful with your valuable furnishings !  Do your furniture and upholstery a huge favor.  Call your cleaning professionals today !        ...

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Standard care cleaning of upholstery fabrics

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Standard care cleaning of upholstery fabrics

Hot Water Extraction has become the most popular method of cleaning upholstery. The process of injecting heated solution into the fabric and immediately vacuuming away the solution and excess soil make it an excellent cleaning method for most fabrics. A variety of cleaning products may be used depending on the fabrics. Standard care fabrics are ones that are colorfast and durable, such as synthetic fabrics, or heavily soiled natural fibers that are both colorfast and...

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Removing Skunk Odors from your Pets

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Removing Skunk Odors from your Pets

Humans rarely get sprayed by skunk but this time of the year is when they start to become more active so watch your pets so they do not encounter this small animal  , but if they do here is a good mixture to use.  So if Fido gets sprayed leave him outside for a while and in 24 hours the smell should subside dramatically.  It takes a lot longer than that fork the smell to disappear completely ,  so you’ll have to wash the stink out.  But before you go and buy a lot of expensive shampoos , try this recipe. “Mix a quart of hydrogen peroxide with 1/4 cup of baking soda and a teaspoon of liquid dish soap Bathe the dog in it and rinse it out”  Wear gloves to avoid smelling like a skunk...

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Leather Cleaning

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Leather Cleaning

In recent years , leather cleaning has moved from a specialty service offered by very few companies to a higher demand service that more cleaning and restoration professionals have had to include in the services they provide. Between 20 and 30% of the furniture sold in recent years has been leather.  Consumers purchased these products in the ( mistaken ) belief that leather is an “easy care”  product that requires no professional cleaning.  This belief created a great demand early on, and neglect during the first years of leather’s popularity.  As these years passed, more and more consumers are finding that they are not satisfied with the performance of their leather goods, and that they need the help of trained professionals. Leather types Furniture manufacturers use many ways to classify leather.  The classification most practical for professional cleaners are those that help separate the leather according to it’s durability and cleanability.  The three basic categories defined in this manner are Protected, Aniline, and Nubuck leather. Protected Leather :  Protected leather has A pigment coat over the surface of the leather itself.  This coating is sealed with a finish that leaves a fairly durable surface.  This durable finish material is susceptible to damage from prolonged exposure to body oils and improper cleaning agents.  Protected leather is by far the most common leather material used today. Aniline Leather :  Aniline leather is the most expensive and is considered to be the highest quality leather.  Aniline leather is dyed with ” transparent dyes ” .  This means that although the dye may change the color of the leather, the original natural characteristics of the leather are still visible.  Although protective finishes are sometimes applied, the lack of the durable protective coating that Protected leather has makes Aniline very difficult to clean and restore.  Aniline leather is also susceptible to color loss from improper cleaning agents and will fade quickly from environmental factors. Nubuck Leather : Like Aniline, Nubuck is an ” unprotected leather ” .  The main difference between Aniline and Nubuck is texture.  Nubuck leather is mechanically buffed to create a nap, much like brushed denim clothing.  This nap creates a soft almost velvet hand.  However, the larger, porous exposed surface is extremely absorbent to spills and body oils.  When body oils and spills absorb deeply into Nubuck, it is extremely time consuming to restore the original color and texture.  The popularity, but subsequent disappointments with Nubuck have created the growth of microfiber synthetic materials.        ...

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Cleaning of Extremely Delicate Upholstery Fabrics

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Cleaning of Extremely Delicate Upholstery Fabrics

Upholstery fabrics are usually looked upon as “delicate” in comparison with carpeting. In the field of upholstery cleaning however, there are some fabrics that are considered extremely delicate even for upholstery use ! ( this means easily damaged by cleaning or consumer usage. ) Examples of very delicate upholstery constructions are : Chenille, Boucle, and Crewel. Chenille can be recognized as a fabric woven with yarns that resemble ” hairy caterpillars ” or ” pipe cleaners “. Boucle fabrics have the appearance of loosely or knitted yarns with irregular loops covering the entire surface of the fabric. Crewel fabrics have a tightly woven base with loosely twisted yarns ( often wool ) embroidered into the surface. These yarns are easily damaged by abrasion, and may not be...

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