Upholstery Cleaning

Uphostery cleaningYour upholstered furniture goes through a lot over the course of typical day-to-day use:

  • Stains and Spills
  • Exposure to Indoor and Outdoor Allergens
  • Pet Messes
  • Odors

Keep your upholstered items looking great with regular cleaning and preventative protection application from professionals who specialize in upholstery cleaning and care.

After our initial in-home consultation, The Bright Side will address your specific upholstery cleaning and protection needs, starting with a thorough pre-vacuuming and pre-test to ensure we use cleaning agents that are both appropriate and safe for your upholstery.

Big stains aren’t a big problem for us – if we can’t get them out, no one can! We specialize in stain removal as well as protector applications.

About Upholstery Cleaning

Do not assume that all carpet cleaning service providers are properly equipped to handle upholstery care. Upholstery cleaning requires far more extensive skill and knowledge to master than carpet cleaning.

It Starts With the Fabric

The range of fabric fiber types involved in upholstery is double what one commonly finds in carpet, requiring the cleaner to have a wider understanding of fabric cleaning technology. Generally, most fabrics are comprised of one or more blends of twelve different fiber types including:

  • Cottons (processed, semi-processed, and unprocessed)
  • Rayon
  • Polyester
  • Olefin
  • Acrylic
  • Linen
  • Nylon
  • Acetate
  • Wool
  • Silk

There are also a small handful of fibers made from exotic plants or animal furs, but they are extremely rare in America. Any other trade names in use – such as Herculon, Acrylon, Dacron, Visa, etc. – are merely proprietary names for blends of synthetics already included in the list above.

Many upholstery fabrics are significantly more delicate and sensitive than carpet fabrics, as they are sold based on comfort and texture, as opposed to carpet, which needs to be more durable since we walk on it. Obviously, a poorly trained cleaner can do a lot of damage if they use an incorrect method or chemical.The Bright Side will always pretest your fine fabrics and upholstery to ensure that the method and chemical we’ve selected is the correct one.

Choosing the Right Upholstery Cleaning Expert

Further complicating the matter of upholstery fabric cleaning is the lack of comprehensive and accurate information being circulated. While the major carpet manufacturing mills now proactively cooperate with the cleaning industry to exchange information and cleaning recommendations, fabric makers have been much slower to follow suit.

One reason for this is the extensive knowledge required by a cleaner to properly use effective methods. One properly trained cleaner can use the same chemistry, equipment, and process as another poorly trained cleaner and get very different results. For this reason, many fabric manufacturers are hesitant to recommend any process that has any potential whatsoever to cause damage in the wrong cleaning technician’s hands, so they instead largely recommend a safe, but inferior cleaning process across the board to limit their liability.

Your best bet is to rely on an IICRC certified and experienced upholstery cleaning expert.

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