Common Upholstery Cleaning Mistakes
Cleaning upholstery is quite challenging and if you have no idea how to do it, you will probably end up with a stained sofa or a destroyed leather armchair. But that should not dishearten you. All you need are a few tricks up your sleeve and some practical knowledge.
Using too much water
The key to clean upholstery is not the quantity of the water you use, but the way you use it. There is little point in pouring buckets of water over your upholstery because it can potentially damage the wooden parts of the furniture piece. Also, it will not dry for days or maybe even for months. That will not only make your sofa unusable during this period, but it may also lead to deformations in its structure.
Not cleaning it frequently enough
Some people clean their sofa only when they see a big stain on it. Even then, they may easily turn the dirty cushion with its clean side up and save the day. That, however, would be a mistake of a massive proportion. Sofas need to be cleaned at least once a year if you want to keep the germs away and prolong its life cycle. You can make a compromise with that rule if you do not use them at all. Don’t get carried away by washing your furniture every few weeks either because that would wear it off faster.
Relying on the wrong cleaning technique or product
Before you even think of cleaning upholstery, you should consider the materials and fabrics from which it is made. Using the same methods and products on a leather armchair and on a corduroy settee is something you must never do. See if you still keep the manual that came with the furniture. Usually, it contains very specific instructions on how to treat it for stains. If you cannot find it, contact the product’s manufacturer and ask them for advice. If you fail to apply the right cleaning supplies and techniques, you may damage the upholstery beyond recognition. Also, even if you are confident about your cleaning strategy, test it out by applying it on a tiny part of the upholstery. In that way, you will know for certain if you are on the right path or not.
Homemade cleaning products are cost-efficient and eco-friendly. The problem is they will not clean your upholstery properly and they will not remove things like dog smell or stubborn stains. What is more, DIY solutions can add even more fuel to the fire or, simply said, make the damage bigger than it already is. Save yourself the headache and contact a team of professionals Monster Cleaning Angel. A licensed cleaning company will quickly assess the type of furniture that needs to be treated and the way it needs to be treated. In addition to that, expert cleaners can even reduce any damages done by fire or water. Nevertheless, do not rush into hiring the first cleaning firm you see. Research the local market before you make your final pick.
Carpets suffer from mould just any other surface or material. Mould is a fungus which once formed, starts eating away at the carpet fibres, which is evident by change of colour and texture, as well as the specific ‘rotting’ odour mould gives off. If fitted carpets have been damp or wet for more than forty eight hours, or if the affected area is larger than two square metres it is advisable to consult with a professional carpet cleaning technician. Deal with the cause of moisture and dampness first i.e. fix any leaky pipes or loose closing windows before removing mould from the carpet, otherwise the problem will reoccur in a matter of days.
Carpet mould removal in ten easy steps:
- Get kitted out – it is advisable to use a facemask when dealing with mould as you don’t want to be breathing in any spores floating about in the air, this is especially important for people suffering from allergies and respiratory problems;
- Ideally, you should close doors leading to other parts of the house while dealing with mould so that spores cannot float around the house, but make sure to have any doors and windows leading outside fully open for aeration;
- If the carpet is removable, by all means take it outside and let it sundry for at least forty eight hours, this will kill off much of the mould and help you remove it completely;
- If the carpet is fitted (provided you don’t wish to use professional cleaners) lift about fifty centimetres of carpet around the affected area, and begin drying out with a blow dryer, a fan or the blow function of a vacuum cleaner. Remember to remove any damp padding or insulation beneath the carpet;
- Using a stiff/hard bristled brush work over the mouldy areas of carpet, manually removing any bits and pieces of mould clinging to strands. Do this on top side and bottom side of the carpet. Complete the process by thorough vacuuming and/or steam cleaning the affected areas of carpet, and the floor beneath it;
- Apply a generous amount of anti-mould spray over the affected area, don’t spare it as it you need the product working its way deep between fibres, all the way to the carpet’s base. If possible apply the spray on both sides of the carpet. Choose a suitable spray product as per the type of carpet;
- Most mould eradication sprays are to be left in the carpet so do not rinse or wash out the product after application. If removing mould from removable carpet, apply a suitable antifungal product to the section of flooring underneath the mouldy carpet;
- After treating all areas of carpet and flooring with the respective product, let everything air dry, do not wash or remove antifungal products;
- While drying carpets and flooring after applying mould removal products, it is advisable to run a humidifier in the room for about two days (if such piece of equipment is available to you).
- Complete the whole process by thoroughly washing out and sanitising all cleaning equipment so that no fungal spores are spread to other areas of the house;
By: Carpet Cleaning Kilburn