Cleanliness is not just about appearing clean or some obsessive aestheticism. It is also about aiding the durability of a particular object. This is just as true with upholstered furniture products as with everything else. Thoroughly cleaning upholstered furniture can be a hefty task. However, it doesn't have to be that much of hassle. Just like anything else, there are certain ways of doing it that makes it less tedious than it can be when done without a clue. Upholstered furniture has its own unique properties that require its own manner of cleaning using certain qualified materials that will maximize both the upkeep and quality of finish.
The very first thing one would notice when cleaning a particular furniture is perhaps the most visible dirt that shamelessly greets anyone looking. Luckily, with upholstered furniture, this type of dirt can be easily removed almost without much effort. To do a thorough sweep on such loose dirt, you would only need a small dusting brush. For a furniture with separate loose cushions, clean these components separately.
Make use of the brush attachment that comes with your vacuum cleaner. They are there primarily to help you bring out the dusts that hide under the tight design accents of your upholstered sofa. Once you bring them out, start sucking them up with your vacuum cleaner. Run the vacuum on both sides of the cushions as you do with every minute detail of the rest of the furniture.
Once you are satisfied you've already removed the most prominent of the dust deposits, it's now time to get detergent. Come up with a detergent mixture by mixing 1 part of non-bleach detergent powder with 4 parts of boiled water. The volume of which should be respective of the size of the furniture you will be cleaning. Beat the mixture manually or use an electric mixer until it becomes creamy and you begin to see stiff peak formations.
Test the mixture first on a hidden portion of your upholstered furniture before using it. Apply a little on that part and see if any discoloration will happen. Allow the spot to dry completely. If you observe discoloration or any adverse reaction on your predetermined spot, do not proceed using your mixture. It can mean two things: you got the mixture wrong or your upholstery material has properties that can react adversely to detergents. Either way, you may need the services of a professional to make sure you won't do permanent damage to your furniture.
Assuming there was no adverse reaction between your detergent mixture and the upholstery material of your furniture, you must now proceed to scrub the whole body with it. Use a sponge when you do this, maximizing the cleaning effect of the mixture. Allow the detergent mixture to soak into the furniture's surface especially where there is a stain and dirt formation. After which, you may allow the furniture to dry before you wipe it with a clean cloth as a finishing touch.
At this point, you would have already removed both latent and dormant impurities deposited in your furniture. The remaining challenge then would to keep and maintain this quality of cleanliness throughout the furniture's lifespan. It is the owner's commitment to this task that would actually translate into not just a constant hygienic condition of the furniture but also into added durability in the long run.
Upholstery material by itself is far more durable than let's say a medium-grade wood made into a piece of furniture. Yet under it could be less durable components that could deteriorate quite radically if and when it is poorly maintained by its handlers. That is why cleanliness is critical in reinforcing its durability.
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