For the past twelve months or so, your couch has probably had the workout of it’s life! With all of us spending more time at home, it makes sense that your soft furnishings are in high use. I imagine that other than your bed, your couch probably is the most well used piece of furniture in your home. Think about all those Netflix binges, lazy Sunday brunches, kids homework sessions, pet naps, nana naps….time to spruce it up and show your couch some overdue care. These are my top tips for couch cleaning, sofa cleaning, lounge cleaning in fact, all of your soft furniture cleaning.
We use hot water extraction (steam cleaning) for upholstery cleaning. Over the years we have found this to be the best method for removing dirt and stains from fabrics. Steam couch cleaning involves a pre spray treatment (non toxic of course!), followed by a light brush agitation and a little bit of dwell time to allow the cleaning process to loosen all of the built up dirt. If there are stains, they are also pre treated at this time with the appropriate stain remover.
Next step is to rinse and extract. Our steam cleaning equipment releases hot water and steam at the appropriate pressure for your couch. This is important as you do not want to over wet the couch and saturate the cushions. Too much moisture will result in long drying times and the possibility of mould growth. The extraction takes place at the same time, so that hot water is introduced then extracted along with the dirt, germs and bacteria. Our equipment is designed to extract the maximum amount of moisture so that your couch is left damp and not saturated.
Not all couches can be steam cleaned. It is very important to always check the care label on your upholstery before attempting any cleaning.
Most care labels have cleaning codes such as ;
The most common stains we encounter when couch cleaning, are food and drink stains as well as water marks (usually from spot cleaning attempts). The good news is that most of these food based stains and water marks can be successfully removed by couch cleaning. Often steam cleaning is all that is required to remove common stains.
Sometimes we may need to use an specialised stain treatment for tough stains like red wine, coffee, tea, orange juice, tomato, etc. Most food and drink stains are water based and respond well to an acid based treatment. However stains such as paint, nail polish, grease, oil, texta colour or pen may require a dry solvent based stain treatment.
As with all stain removal, there is the risk of permanent damage if you attempt to remove stains yourself without consulting a professional first. Often when you attempt to remove stains yourself, you can use too much water and you end up with water marks where the stains previously were.
I recommend that you consult with a professional upholstery cleaner before attempting any tricky stain removal yourself. We are available to consult with you over the phone or via email if you have any questions regarding couch cleaning and stain removal. For Pet Stains please consult this guide: Pet Stains On Carpet & Upholstery.
Generally we give a drying window of 3-5 hours for upholstery, however it does depend on the type of fabric and the ventilation. Natural fibres such as wool and cotton usually take a bit longer to dry than synthetics or blends.
It is important to ensure good airflow through cross ventilation after couch cleaning. This may mean just leaving the windows open on a nice warm day and directing a fan at the couch or having the heating on and the windows slightly open in the cooler months.
A product, commonly referred to as Scotchguard, is the brand name of a popular type of fabric protection. This type of treatment can usually be applied to all types of fabrics including wool, cotton, nylon and microfibre, however it is water based and therefore not suitable for finished leather or dry clean only fabrics.
Fabric protection is sprayed in a light mist over cleaned upholstery and leaves an invisible repellent coating on the fibres. This coating encourages liquid to pool on the surface of the fibres, rather than penetrating straight into the couch. This will buy you some time to grab a cloth and mop up the spill before it soaks in.
Fabric protection will not stop your couch getting dirty over time, however it will help prevent liquids from staining the fabric permanently. Upholstery will still need to be cleaned and the fabric protection reapplied afterwards.This treatment is charged per seat and is an additional cost.
Upholstery cleaning prices are based on a per seat charge. We count seats as being the number of people the couch can comfortably seat, rather than the number of cushions on the couch. Our prices start at $40 per seat and we charge a small additional fee for heavy duty stain removal. Fabric protection is an additional $30 per seat.