You did stain removal from your upholstery furniture and now it looks… discoloured, brown or it shrank?
Well, rejoice not because you managed to ruin your upbeat furniture but because you are not alone. Homemakers often do the blunder while trying to get rid of stains that are simply more challenging. Professional upholstery cleaners are there for a reason, they know how to clean upholstery without posing any threat to its appearance and warranty.
Though common sofa cleaning is nothing sophisticated and all it requires is a vacuum or steam cleaner. Still, there are some cleaning related problems that you need to pay attention to.
Stain removal from the upholstery leads to browning when the fabrics are over wet or dry but especially if you make use of an alkaline cleaning agent.
You should check the manufacturer instruction to know the right kind of cleaning agent for the upholstery fabric. According to professional upholstery cleaners, the Haitian or raw cotton fabrics are most prone to browning problems.
How can you deal with the browning problem?
Professional couch cleaners, advice to use an acidic fabric rinse agent to correct upholstery with very mild browning (appearing yellow in colour). Then speed dries the fabric with an air mover.
For more severely browned fabrics use the “Haitian cotton” shampoo. Do not expect the browning to disappear in a single treatment. Depending on the extent of browning it may take a few treatments for complete removal. You can also try sofa steam cleaning to deal with severe browning, but we recommend hiring professionals for this kind of stain removal as multiple cleanings can leave the fabric stiffed or texture distorted. Professional sofa cleaners know how to handle such stains.
Also called rings or circling, Watermarks are caused by the residual materials left after improper spotting to clean spills or soil. Such marks may also require odour removal. You can remove the Watermarks by cleaning the fabric.
If the Watermarks are caused by sizing then they are another matter. Such marks will require professional sofa cleaning for removal.
Furniture often has water marks around welt cords or on platforms.
As such, there is no easy way to correct Watermarks. You can try applying distilled water evenly over the affected surface.
When you wet the fabric evenly with distilled water it dissolves any impurity in the fabric, which allows it to dry evenly, which in many cases makes Water marks disappear.
If distilled water doesn’t work for you, then you can try the browning removal method using the shampoo or an oxidizing agent as detailed above.
For synthetic fibres, you can turn to a strong acid treatment to remove the watermarks.
Not very common, but still on rare occasions shrinkage occurs. Especially if you have furniture with rayon or rayon/cotton blend upholstery, then you need to be careful.
How to correct shrinkage?
Sofa steam cleaning is the best way to deal with shrinkage. If the problem occurs across the skirts of the furniture then you can use a hand steamer to correct it.
Steam the affected area gently, then tug on the skirts until the fabric returns to shape.
If the cushions have shrunk, you can apply steam and stretch them back to shape by pushing and pulling until they are back in shape.
Removal of bleeding stains is a lot more difficult than it may seem.
Even the skilled cleaners have a hard time cleaning colour bleeding stains, odour removal is a lot more difficult.
If bleeding is a small, localized area can be dealt with using chlorine bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Apply a little of cleaning agent with the tip of a cotton swab to the affected area. Make sure you start with weak concentration so as to not harm the fabric. Slowly increase the cleaning agent concentration as needed.
Chlorine bleach also requires neutralizing after the stain removal.
If you are not confident about the kind of bleach to be used with the upholstery it is better to leave it to a professional service, as both the bleaching agents can weaken the fabric and may cause additional colour damage.
Why not leave it to professionals?
Now you know, upholstery cleaning is not as simple as it looks. Professional upholstery cleaners Reservoir can easily deal with the stubborn upholstery stains and marks that otherwise are very challenging for you.
Understand when you need a professional couch stream cleaning service, or else you will end up messing the upholstery or worse ruin it irrevocably.