Archive for September, 2015

HOW TO KEEP YOUR UPHOLSTERY LOOKING GREAT!

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Nice upholstery
Upholstered furniture is often subjected to heavy use and can show soiling and stains very quickly. Keeping it clean throughout its eventful life can be challenging and you will need to develop a thorough care routine if you want to maintain its appearance.

A good upholstery maintenance programme should include both regular self-maintenance and periodic (at least once every two years) professional cleaning.

SO… WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP MAINTAIN YOUR UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE YOURSELF?

1. Keep upholstery away from direct sunlight to avoid fading.

2. Place furniture at least 10 feet away from vents a
nd fireplaces to avoid hardening and cracking, especially in the case of leather and vinyl-covered items.

3. Rotate your upholstery cushions weekly.

4. Vacuum regularly using a soft upholstery brush attachment. Even if your furniture is not used often, dirt and dust particles can still cause wear on fabrics.

5. Consider adding protective coverings to the arms and back of your upholstery, or covering your items with light coloured throws (never use dark colours as the dyes may rub off onto the fabric when dry, or bleed when wet). Ensure these loose coverings are washed frequently.

6. Do not machine wash removable upholstery cushion covers, as this can result in a colour difference between them and the covering on the furniture’s frame as well as shrinkage and loss of texture and ‘feel’ of the fabric.

7. Avoid using dyes, paints, inks, nail polishes, etc. around your upholstered items.

8. Do not leave newspapers on upho:
lstered furniture as ink may be transferred onto the fabric.

9. If eating, place your food on a tray to avoid spillages.

10. Have an upholstery fabric protection treatment professionally applied. A protective treatment will allow you time to deal with a spillage before it becomes a stain.

11. If a spillage occurs, act quickly! Very carefully scrape up solids, and blot up liquids using white absorbent cloth or towelling (never use coloured cloth/towelling as the dyes may transfer onto the fabric). When blotting, apply gentle pressure – too much can push the stain further into the fabric. Call a professional upholstery cleaning service to help you remove any residual staining as soon as possible.

GETTING YOUR UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED

Even furniture that has been diligently conserved will still need regular cleaning. Like carpets and rugs, furniture should be cleaned professionally at least once every two years to remove the deep down soiling and grit which is a major cause of wear and tear.

BEWARE OF D.I.Y CARPET CLEANING DISASTERS

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Paul cleaning carpet with wet extraction

Carpet cleaning doesn’t just improve the appearance of your carpets, it drastically extends their life as well. All that dirt and grime doesn’t just look bad, it wears and tears at your carpet fibres over the years.
To save money, some people choose to try and clean their carpets themselves. But, while the ‘do-it-yourself’ approaches are less expensive, they are never as effective as professional cleaning and involve a considerable amount of time and hard work. It is also very easy to damage your carpet.
Below are three common ways carpets are damaged during a ‘do-it-yourself’ clean:
1. HEAT DAMAGE – The intense heat generated by the ‘steam machines’, that can be purchased in many of the retail chain stores throughout the country, can cause the twists within the yarn in twist-pile carpets (which are heat-set during manufacture) to become unwound leaving the carpet looking very old and the pile felted.
2. OVER-WETTING – Moisture which soaks to the bottom of a carpet and into the backing materials can cause it to discolour; you also run the risk of mould and mildew problems as wet carpet backing is very difficult to dry. Additionally some carpets will shrink if they are subjected to too much moisture.
3. FAILING TO PROTECT THE FRESHLY CLEANED CARPET FROM FURNITURE – Another carpet-cleaning hazard is stains caused by furniture coming into contact with wet carpeting. Many kinds of wood furniture will release some of the dyes in their stain if left in contact with a damp surface. ‘Do-it-yourselfers’ are more likely to encounter these problems because they often don’t remove all the furniture from the room when cleaning, and they often don’t have ready access to the foam blocks and foil-backed cardboard squares that the professionals use to keep the furniture off the carpet until it is dry.
The best way to retain the appearance of your carpets, and extend their life, is to have them regularly deep cleaned (at least once every two years is recommended) by a professional carpet cleaning company with the equipment and skills to do job properly and without causing damage.
Next to the house and the car, the carpeting in your home is one of the most expensive items you’ll purchase. Don’t put it at risk by trying to clean it yourself, get a professional cleaning company to do the job for you.
For a fully-trained, professional carpet cleaning company in your area go to: http://www.ncca.co.uk/membershipdirectory.php or phone 0116 271 9550.