Upholstery is much more delicate than carpet and more sensitive to the cleaning solutions that are used in the cleaning process. A variety of cleaning methods, or combinations thereof, are necessary to effectively clean upholstery. Determining the best methods to use, requires extensive knowledge, training, and experience validated through testing and certification.
I maintain my Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Certification through the IICRC certification program. Fiber identification and knowledge help play a key role when determining which method and combinations of cleaning processes will yield the most thorough and safest cleaning results possible, BY THE BOOK!!
Furniture and fabric manufacturers recommend that consumers do not wait until severe soiling occurs before cleaning is accomplished. The greater the soiling, the less the likelihood of restoring the original color, appearance, and texture of the fabric, and the greater the adverse affect on indoor environmental quality (IEQ).
According to the IICRC Reference Guide for Professional Upholstery Cleaning (IICRC S300), professional cleaning of upholstered furniture and fabric that is subjected to routine use is needed every 12 to 24 months. Increased cleaning frequency may be required when fabric subjected to heavy use, or when it is located in homes occupied by persons with allergies or respiratory sensitivity.
Hot-Water Extraction (Steam-Cleaning), BY THE BOOK!, has proven to be the most effective method of safely removing contaminants from the fiber and is the first choice considered when determining which method of cleaning to use. CARPETS ETC. is knowledgeable in all methods of cleaning and can choose the one best suited for your material and soil conditions.
Next, Upholstery Protectant should be applied in order to protect against soil, wear, and other mishaps. CARPETS ETC. uses Top-Of-The-Line Stain-Resist Solvent Protectant that absorbs into the fabric better than traditional water-based protectant.Upholstery Protectant bonds to the fiber, and not to sticky residues, which separates CARPETS ETC. from its competitors.
Knowing your furniture has been thoroughly cleaned and protected will give you the most comfort and satisfaction when entertaining family and friends. If your guests have an accident, spills are easily cleaned up!