Kids, pets, or simply everyday use can take a toll on your entire house, including your upholstered furniture. Cleaning your upholstery regularly can help protect it against the wear and tear of daily life, keeping it looking great and preserving for years to come. How often you should have your upholstery cleaned depends on a few factors.
Determining Your Upholstery Cleaning Schedule
Upholstery absorbs a great deal of bacteria, dust, pollen, mold spores, and lots of other allergens and irritants that accumulate over time. Depending on where you live, these substances can accrue very quickly. For example, if you live in a very warm, arid area that sees little precipitation and you have very little vegetation around your home, your upholstery won’t accumulate as many irritants as fast as upholstery in a home in a damp, wooded area.
Another factor is who lives in your home. If you have young children and pets that use your upholstered furniture every day, that furniture will require more frequent cleanings. Spot cleaning should ideally happen as soon as messes occur. Spot cleaning is important, just make sure you use the appropriate cleaner for the type of upholstery to avoid permanent stains and discoloration.
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You will also need to regularly vacuum upholstery to remove allergens, dust, dirt, and bacteria. You may need to vacuum more often if you have cats or dogs, but regardless of pets, it’s a good idea to vacuum your upholstery regularly to remove skin dander and dust. Vacuuming is only possible on furniture upholstered with fabric. Leather upholstery requires different cleaning techniques, but high-quality leather will not allow irritants to penetrate the leather surface very much and you may only need a cleaning brush to bring all the dirt and other irritants to the surface.
Schedule Professional Deep Cleaning Regularly
For most homes, it’s only necessary to spot clean as needed and vacuum upholstery once every month. If your upholstered furniture receives lots of daily rough use from pets and children, vacuuming every other week makes sense. When it comes to deep cleaning, it is typically best to leave this task to professionals. When you hire a professional upholstery cleaning service, they will use the right tools and cleaning agents to ensure a full deep clean without damaging your upholstery. Ideally, you should aim for a professional deep cleaning of all your upholstered furniture at least once per year.
Professional Surface Restoration offers a full range of residential cleaning services, including professional deep cleaning for your upholstered furniture.
If you’re not sure when you last deep cleaned your upholstery, contact Professional Surface Restoration today to learn more about our professional upholstery cleaning services.