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How to Keep Your Upholstered Furniture Clean in Des Moines

October 31, 2014 12:47 pm

With the weather getting colder in Iowa and your family spending more time indoors, it’s important to protect your furniture too. Upholstered furniture collects dirt, dust, oil, and allergens over time, causing the color to fade and the fabric to look and feel worn. Plus, spills and spots can seriously damage furniture and negatively impact its lifespan. ServiceMaster by Rice understands that your furniture is not only an investment, but it also provides comfort for your family and adds beauty to your home.

Upholstery can be tricky to clean and preserve with its delicate fabrics, colors, and patterns. Improper upholstery cleaning can result in furniture damage, leftover spots or cleaner residue, and potentially odor and mildew from excessive water and inadequate drying. While getting your sofas, chairs, and love seats professionally cleaned may seem unnecessary, it’s actually more cost effective because the cleaning technicians at ServiceMaster by Rice extend the life of your upholstery, sparing you the expense of having to buy all new furniture before you really need to.

Why Should ServiceMaster by Rice Deep Clean My Furniture?

ServiceMaster by Rice serves homes in the Des Moines Metro, Carroll, Atlantic, Fort Dodge, Cedar Rapids, Storm Lake, Spencer, Okoboji, and the surrounding areas. It doesn’t matter how delicate or expensive your upholstery is or whether you have pets—our experts will make your furniture look and feel like new again. Just like our carpet cleaning methods, we gently steam clean your upholstery and use our own water source. Here are some other reasons you can trust us to clean your upholstery without causing any damage to your furniture:

Professional Technicians

The cleaning professionals at ServiceMaster by Rice are experienced, trained, and certified by IICRC. With our IICRC certification, you can rest assured knowing that we are a fully insured and bonded service provider, that our technicians receive ongoing education to remain current with the latest technology and advancements, and that we adhere to the highest-quality standards in the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries.

Advanced Cleaning Techniques

Our state-of-the-art techniques and cleaning agents ensure an effective cleaning process that will bring new life to your upholstered furniture. We also use fabric and stain protectors to guard against future spills and damage, thus extending the lifespan and maintaining your furniture’s warranty. Our expert technicians use only green cleaning products whenever possible that do not cause harm to you, your children, your pets, or the environment.

Quick Drying Process

We understand that professional cleanings have the potential to inconvenience you and your family while you’re waiting for fabric to dry. But we have perfected our cleaning methods with a quick drying process that will keep your furniture cleaner and have you enjoying it sooner than ever before.

How Often Should My Upholstery Be Professionally Cleaned?

We recommend you schedule a professional cleaning every one or two years depending on the fabric, color, and daily wear and tear of your upholstery. Over time, your furniture collects skin cells, soil, and other food sources for microscopic organisms such as dust mites and bacteria to grow and multiply. This accumulation of dust, dirt, and bacteria can cause holes in the fabric, diminish the color, or even trap and emit odors. In other cases, mold and mildew can form due to unattended spills or improper drying after spot cleaning. Maintain your upholstered furniture with regular professional cleanings to not only improve the look and feel of your furniture but to also protect your family’s health.

How Do I Protect My Furniture in Between Professional Cleanings?

Remember to include your furniture in your cleaning routine to maintain their comfort and longevity. Read the manufacturer tag before using water or any cleaning products to find out what is safe to use on the furniture. Test any cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area first to see how the fabric reacts. If there are spots or rings around the area after it has dried, you’ll want to find a different cleaning method.

During the time between your regularly scheduled professional cleanings, ServiceMaster by Rice recommends the following tips:

Vacuum Frequently

Regularly vacuuming your upholstery protects against stains while preventing dust and dirt from becoming embedded into the fabric. Vacuuming will even remove the dust and dirt particles that can be made worse by cleaning with a wet solution, which is why it’s important to make vacuuming the first step of your cleaning process. Clip any stray threads or tighten loose buttons before vacuuming as they can get caught in the suction and damage your furniture.

Blot Spills, Never Rub

If you spill something on the upholstery, blot the spill as quickly as possible with a plain white cloth towel or paper towel. Avoid colored towels or paper towels with decorative patterns as the dye can be transferred to your furniture and damage the fabric. Rubbing grinds liquid farther into the fabric fibers, but blotting absorbs it. You might even want to keep a towel tucked under the cushion or at the side to start absorbing spills immediately when they happen.

Remove Pet Hair Regularly

If vacuuming doesn’t remove all the pet hair from your upholstery, keep your furniture clean and fresh by removing the hair with a lint remover or special pet brush that can be found in most pet stores. If you need a quick fix, however, you can always wrap masking tape around your hand with the sticky side facing outward to pick up loose hair and fuzz.

Upholstery is a difficult thing to keep clean, especially if you have children or pets. With furniture being some of the most important (and expensive) items of comfort in your home, it’s crucial to maintain their cleanliness and longevity. Start protecting your investment today with a call to ServiceMaster by Rice. It will be our pleasure to service your home in Des Moines, Carroll, Atlantic, Cedar Rapids, Fairmont, Storm Lake, Spencer, Okoboji, or the surrounding area.