5 Upholstery Cleaning Problems and How to Fix Them

5 Upholstery Cleaning Problems and How to Fix Them

Starting from stains all the way to odours, your beautiful upholstered furniture can suffer from various issues. But no homeowner discards their furniture over a simple stain. So how do you deal with upholstery problems?

Your upholstery tends to deteriorate when cleaning is irregular, not thorough or wrongly done. Bearing this in mind, we have outlined some of the most common upholstery problems that could arise and how to tackle them.

Lingering Odours

Homeowners often find smoke and pet odours lingering on their upholstery, which persist in spite of frequent upholstery cleaning. This is because the odours permeate the entire upholstery, which means the smell penetrates into the cloth as well as the cushions.

In such situations, normal upholstery cleaning may not prove effective in eliminating the odours. It requires deep cleaning to treat the odour problem. If the odours are light, you can use baking powder over the upholstery. Let it sit through the night, and next day vacuum the residue. If the smell doesn’t go away, you will need to call a professional upholstery cleaning company to do away with the odours. They use special enzymatic cleaners that help fight strong, persistent odours.

Recurring Stains

When something spills on your upholstery, it leaves a stain. You clean it off, and it disappears, but after a few days the stain rises up again. This usually occurs as the stains have infiltrated your upholstery all the way through. Even though you clean the visible stain on the surface, the stain will reappear when the area gets damp or moist.

The best way to work around this problem is to keep blotting the stain until it’s all gone. Wet the entire area, and then gently dry it using a cloth. If the stain returns, you will need a professional extraction device which will help with deep-down stain removal.

Fading or Dullness

Is your upholstery starting to lose its shine? It’s probably your abrasive cleaning tools or solutions that are causing it to fade. Avoid using corrosive cleaning agents. Even using a rough cloth is a bad idea. To keep your upholstery from losing its sheen, not only do you need to clean your upholstery frequently but also more gently. With regular cleaning you can prevent stains and dust from settling in too deep, allowing you to use milder materials for upholstery cleaning.

Musty Smell

After you clean your furniture, you may have noticed a musty smell coming from it. This smell occurs when the furniture has been thoroughly cleaned and then air dried. If it does not air dry soon enough, it will cause bacterial growth and odour. Hence, after cleaning your furniture, ensure the room has sufficient ventilation and leave the fan on. When your furniture dries faster, there are less chances of any musty scent occurring. If you ever have to wet your furniture to get rid of a stain, blot the area dry thoroughly. If you’re unable to do so, you may need a professional extraction device to remove all the moisture.

Warped Material

After managing to get the stain out, you realise your upholstery has distorted. Warping is one of the reasons why it is recommended to have your expensive furniture cleaned by an expert. Natural fibres like wool when saturated are likely to warp and may not dry taut again. In such a case, you will need an upholsterer to tighten the fabric.

In general, most upholstery problems can be handled without any professional help. All you need to do is, clean your upholstery gently using mild cleaners. But if you’re ever faced with major upholstery issues, your best option is to contact a professional upholstery cleaning company. Classique Chem-Dry is at your service.

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