Is it Time to Clean Your Upholstery?
What might be better than a nap on your beloved couch in the late afternoon? What could be more relaxing than curling up in an overstuffed chair and reading a good book? Soft, comfortable upholstered furniture is typically the seating of choice, whether you’re enjoying some quiet time alone or watching the big game with the whole gang.
One or more tags can typically be found under the cushions of a standard piece of upholstered furniture. You probably don’t think about them much, but one of them might save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
The contents of the furniture are indicated by a single tag. The law necessitates the use of this tag. On that tag, you could see words like “spun polyester” or “polyurethane foam.” It’s worth noting that the contents tag just describes the contents of the furniture, not the fabric that covers it.
Upholstered furniture, like anything else in your house, needs careful care and cleaning. Pollution, allergens, dander, sweat, and body oils adhere to clothing, resulting in stains and spills. It’s best to disinfect these fabrics until the dirt accumulates and the spots turn into permanent stains.
Fortunately, most upholstered furniture comes with a tag with cleaning instructions. There is a cleaning code included in this tag. Please keep in mind that these tags and codes are only meant to serve as a reference for spot cleaning. Overall cleaning should be left to Bluegreen’s professionals. Professional cleaning should be performed every 12 to 24 months, according to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
Upholstering furniture can be done with a variety of fabrics. A tag revealing the fiber content of the fabric covering the item is uncommon. This can cause issues for customers who want to know how to care for their fabrics properly.
Cotton, polyester, silk, rayon, nylon, polypropylene, acetate, acrylic, wool, and blends are among the fibers used in fabrics. Each fiber is distinct and has its own characteristics, such as how it can be washed safely. There are an infinite number of dye methods, shades, and patterns to choose from.
A cleaning agent that is perfect for one fabric can be devastating for another. If you use the wrong cleaning agents or techniques, you can get shrinkage, browning, dye bleed, color loss, and even fiber degradation. This type of damage is normally irreversible.
The cleaning recommendations tag is intended to aid in the selection of the proper cleaning and spotting methods in order to prevent bleeding, color loss, shrinkage, and browning. Test all cleaners in an inconspicuous area first, regardless of what the cleaning label says.
The following are the cleaning codes and their definitions:
W – Use either a water-based shampoo or foam upholstery cleaner to spot clean. Don’t get your hands too wet. Solvents should not be used.
S – Spot clean only with a dry cleaning solvent that does not contain water. Before continuing, test a small, inconspicuous region. Don’t overdo it. WATER SHOULD NOT BE USED.
Spot clean with upholstery shampoo, foam from a mild detergent, or a dry cleaning cleaner if you have WS or SW.
X – Vacuuming or light brushing with a non-metallic bristle brush is the only way to clean. NO WATER OR SOLVENT-BASED CLEANERS ARE TO BE USED.
When cleaning a spill, blot the spilled substance as soon as possible. Spotters should be used sparingly to avoid overwetting the area. Act from the outer edge of the spot into the center when cleaning spots or stains. This helps to keep the spot from spreading.
Call Bluegrass Company when your upholstered furniture needs a thorough cleaning. We’ll take the time to figure out the easiest and most reliable way to clean your furniture without causing color, texture, or finish changes. We also suggest that we renew the fabric protector as a final measure to help keep the elegance of your upholstery for several years.
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