Misconception 4: “Carpet cleaning techniques and chemistry is the same for upholstery cleaning.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, most serious problems we hear of or even try to help others correct is many times the result of carpet cleaning techniques used to clean upholstery. Let me explain why. Carpet cleaning chemistry to a large degree is designed to clean synthetic fibers, subject to ground in soiling from the shoes. Carpet is also much thicker than upholstered fabrics. Therefore many carpet cleaners are aggressive in their approach to cleaning. In fact, you have probably heard of some of the mistakes cleaners make by leaving their carpets wet two and three days at a time. While not healthy, carpet can survive that.
On the other hand, upholstery is not as forgiving as carpet is. The biggest difference is, most upholstery is blended with natural fibers, like cotton, linen, wool or silk. And that’s good because natural fibers are more comfortable against our skin since they breathe better. However, natural fabrics are prone to more problems than synthetics are if improperly cleaned or the wrong cleaning solution is used. For example, yellowing or browning of the fabric can occur or shrinkage can result. Also, fabric appearance could be altered, even colors seriously affected, to name just a few problems.
Beyond a doubt, upholstery cleaning chemistry and cleaning techniques should be different. Upholstery should be cleaned with a low moisture technique and be dry within one to six hours. Also, it is vital to leave the fabric as close to the neutral state as possible. Remember your hair care products will say, pH balanced? You are rinsing out the shampoo in your hair and leaving it neutral or soap free. That’s a similar comparison with proper upholstery cleaning. We use these proper cleaning techniques with all the delicate fabrics we clean such as cotton, wool, velvets, silk and many more.
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