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					Upholstery Furniture Cleaning Helps Safeguard Your Investment

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Summary:
Upholstery furniture cleaning helps preserve your investment. Relying on
an expert will ensure that the upholstery in your home receives the care
and maintenance it deserves.


Keywords:
Furniture cleaning, upholstery cleaners, microfiber sofa cleaning,
leather furniture cleaning expert


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Next to your home and your car, buying furniture is one of the biggest
investments you'll make. Buying quality furniture is important, but it's
only one part of the equation. The other? Upholstery furniture cleaning
that will safeguard your investment.

Fabric Selection

The furniture cleaning process starts with proper fabric selection, care,
and maintenance. Whether you're buying a new piece of furniture or having
an existing piece of furniture reupholstered, it's important to select a
fabric that is a good match for the use it will receive. If you have a
family with small children, for example, it's probably not a good idea to
choose stain or brocade for the family room, since the surface of the
fabric is likely to wear with heavy use. It's a much better bet to select
a tightly woven fabric that will withstand the dust, grime, and friction
of daily use. For well-used pieces, it's also a good idea to add a stain-
resistant treatment to the fabric. While this treatment won't make the
pieces waterproof, it will increase the longevity of the furniture.

Furniture Care

You can increase the longevity of your upholstered furniture by following
a few simple guidelines. First, of course, you should wipe up any spills
as soon as they occur. Second, you should vacuum or brush your upholstery
once a week. This prevents grime from building up between the fibers of
the fabric, and will extend the life of your upholstery. Third, you
should turn your cushions once a week so that they will retain their
shape and wear evenly. Fourth, you should try and keep your upholstered
furniture out of direct sunlight; the ultraviolet rays of the sun can
fade the colors of your furniture and cause the fabric to deteriorate
prematurely.

Furniture Maintenance

The third prong of safeguarding the investment you make in your
upholstered furniture is making sure to have it professionally cleaned
once each year. Although it may be tempting to try upholstery cleaning
yourself, resist the urge. Fabrics are generally labeled with
"cleanability codes," namely W, S, WS, and X. These codes relay
information about the type of cleaning products that can be used on the
fabric.

The caveat about relying on professional upholstery cleaners especially
holds true if your sofa is covered in a microfiber or leather. If that's
the case, you should leave maintenance to a microfiber sofa cleaning or
leather furniture cleaning expert.

Finding Expert Furniture Cleaners

Because your furniture represents a major investment, be wary of
upholstery cleaners who clutter your mailbox with offers for cheap
cleaning. Instead, depend upon a company that prides itself on its
network of furniture cleaning experts. You should be able to go online
and find a directory of trained experts in your area who will provide you
with quality, affordable upholstery furniture cleaning.

When you do, you can expect that the technician will come to your home
and inspect your furniture for potentially permanent stains or damage. He
or she will typically first vacuum the furniture to be cleaned, and then
pre-treat potential stains. Following that, he or she will perform the
upholstery cleaning according to the fabric care specifications, and
perhaps even speed drying time with a blow dryer. At the end of the
process, the technician will talk to you about the cleaning and allow you
to inspect his or her work.

Remember, upholstery furniture cleaning helps preserve your investment.
Relying on an expert will ensure that the upholstery in your home
receives the care and maintenance it deserves.