What can go wrong with upholstery fabric?
The biggest thing that go wrong with upholstered furniture is the misuse of cleaning chemicals. With so many on the market, it can be an easy thing to do! Some fabric sprays sold in supermarkets are not suited to particular materials. If you don’t do a spot test first using the cleaner, you may end up with your furniture looking worse than before. Bleaches, over-wetting and scrubbing too hard are all ways you will end up ruining a once beautiful and much loved piece of furniture. Here’s what you need to avoid:
- Leather: Avoid using cleaners that are not specific to leather. It may result in staining or discolouring your leather and can even cause it to become dried out and cracked.
- Fabric: Overscrubbing can cause threads to become loose and frayed. Blot carefully when cleaning fabric or stick to SafeClean’s dry cleaning methods. Microfiber: Microfiber can become unsightly if wet too much. Avoid cleaning microfiber with water or it will stain it further and you will end up with large stains all over your lounge suite.
What should you do if there is a stain emergency?
If you bring your beautiful recliners home and someone spills wine on the chair you had planned to spend years in, what’s the first thing you should do? Each type of fabric will require a different type of cleaning. Something you may not know is that there should be a code on the tag of your furniture, usually at its base. This actually tells you what type of cleaning is needed. The code looks like this:
- W: Use a water-based detergent only.
- S: Only use water-free solvents here, such as a dry solvent or alcohol.
- WS: Use either of the options above, depending on the type of stain.
- X: Take the product to a professional cleaner. Do not use any upholstery cleaner on the fabric. Only vacuum and blot it dry if there is a stain.
If you are unable to locate the tag, call a professional for expert advice.