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Frequently Asked Questions About Professional Upholstery Cleaning

Most people don’t realize they need to clean their furniture. After all, furniture tends to stay in the background of our lives. That is, until the dog hops up on the couch with muddy paws and suddenly you’re researching “upholstery cleaning” in a panic. The different materials, fabrics, and shapes of furniture pieces can complicate the cleaning process, which is why it’s safer to put your upholstery in the hands of a professional.

Read on for answers to our most frequently asked questions about professional upholstery cleaning. 

What is upholstery cleaning?

Upholstery is the many types of fabric that cover all of your furniture – it could be cotton, linen, polyester, leather, rayon, wool, silk, or a blend of fabrics. Upholstery cleaning is the process of cleaning the fabric that upholsters your furniture. 

How often do I need to get my upholstery cleaned? 

The answer to this question is variable for every home situation. Consider a few factors: do you have kids? Pets? Do residents of your home frequently track in dirt or grime? Do residents eat food while sitting on the sofa? 

If your upholstery is in contact with more people, pets, or things that could cause it to get dirty, it will need to be cleaned more frequently. A good rule of thumb in a traffic-heavy household is to clean the upholstery in main living areas twice a year. Others can get away with once a year to every eighteen months. 

An easy way to determine the cleanliness of your upholstery is to rub a wet cloth on the fabric for a minute. If the cloth comes away grey or dirty, it could be time for a cleaning. 

Can professional upholstery cleaning get rid of stains and odors? 

Absolutely. A technician will inspect the type of material the upholstery is made of and identify stains and sources of odor. Cushions and upholstery that are frequently used are especially prone to absorbing stains and smells, but a technician will be able to choose the correct solvents and appliances to effectively clean them. 

Why should I hire a professional to clean my upholstery? 

You can trust a professional’s expertise and experience to effectively deep clean your upholstery without risking damage. While it’s important to clean and maintain upholstery on your own, a professional can refresh the material’s color, texture, and address deep stains without causing damage to the material. 

How can I maintain my upholstery between professional cleanings? 

Giving your upholstery a little TLC on your own can help it stay fresh between professional cleanings. When you vacuum your main living spaces, make it a habit to use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove the dust, dirt, and crumbs from your furniture. Maintain leather by regularly dusting it with a soft cloth. If you can, address spills as they come up so they don’t have time to settle into stains. Lastly, make sure to rotate your cushions periodically to even out the wear on either side.

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At Legacy Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, our wide range of professional services can keep your carpets and upholstery looking and feeling as clean as the day they were installed. We are also certified in stone masonry and ceramic cleaning, color repair, odor control, and leather cleaning. 

Give us a call at (925) 261.7275 for a free estimate! You can also fill out an online contact form by clicking this link

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