Upholstery is something that is often overlooked when considering to clean your home. Your carpet may cover more square footage -but we bet you’ll spend more time sitting in your favorite armchair than on the living room floor! Upholstery cleaning is important for more than one reason, and here are some of the reasons we at Chem-Dry of Stratford can think of:
Here are three reasons to have your upholstery cleaned regularly.
1. Appearance: the main reason to have your upholstery clean is to help maintain the appearance of your furniture. Keep your furniture looking nicer and lasting longer with regular cleaning that prevents dirt and grime from building up.
2. Family Health: Fleas, mold and bacteria can make a comfortable home right under your feet without you even knowing it. Pathogens and dirt can build up to the point where they can cause health risks to your family. Bacteria can get deep into your furniture and cause unpleasant odors.
3. Air Quality: Most people don’t realize that cleaning your upholstery can help the air quality in your home. A good cleaning can get rid of problems such as mold, dust, mildew, and allergens. Bad air quality in any home can cause breathing problems.
By cleaning your furniture regularly you can keep your upholstery in tip top condition as well as improve your indoor air quality and your health.
Now how do you keep upholstery clean?
Make Vacuuming a Priority
First and foremost, vacuum regularly to better manage the cat hair, dirt, and germs that can soil your beautiful cushions, arm rests and pillows. No matter what kind of material your couch is made of, regular upkeep will keep it in the best condition possible. Vacuum daily, and be thorough. For example, don’t just vacuum the surface of your cushions. Utilize your vacuum’s accessories such as the detachable brush which will allow you to get inside the crevasses for a throughout cleaning. If you’re too busy to do this yourself, enlist a teenager in the house to vacuum the upholstery as their after-school duty, and entice them with a special treat at the end of a week’s work and a job well done!
Take Care of Throw Pillows
By tossing throw pillows in the dryer, you can easily keep them gorgeous. Many furniture owners make the mistake of ignoring care for the pillows by concentrating solely on the cushions. Tossing pillows in the dryer won’t just allow you to give them a quick clean to eliminate dust. It’s also a clever way to fluff them up and look their best!
Use Slip Covers and Arm Rests
This is a great way to keep upholstery looking great, especially if you struggle with frequent, unmanageable spills that seem to occur every other day of the week. We recommend that you take a visit to your local department store. You can choose from a diverse selection of brands, colors and prints that can add some flavor to your home.
Treat Spills Immediately
Every home is going to have spills. But when they happen on your upholstery, make sure to treat them immediately. You don’t need a lavish cleaner for a quick fix, all you need for most stains are some common household products. First, mix a quart of warm water with 1 teaspoon vinegar, 1 teaspoon ammonia and ¼ cup of liquid or powdered laundry detergent. Next, apply just a tiny bit of the frothed mixture to the affected area, and blot with a moist towel. Keep your family members away from the area until it’s dry.
Not all home remedies will work, and for that reason we are here. Contact Chem-Dry of Stratford in Chicago to take care of it quickly so you can get back to a healthy, happy and spot-free home!
Call us today for expert upholstery cleaning: (630) 562-3930.