How to Clean and Maintain Different Types of Upholstery?

December 22, 2023
How to Clean and Maintain Different Types of Upholstery?

You spend most of your free time lounging on your favourite couch or chilling on comfy recliners. When you spend so much time on your furniture, you need to keep it spotlessly clean.

However, different types of upholstery fabrics have different cleaning needs. So, to help you out, Magic Carpet Cleaning experts have discussed the best ways to clean and maintain different types of upholstery fabrics.

Before Your Begin

There are different types of upholstery fabrics, and the cleaning method will depend on it. So before you start cleaning your furniture, you should know the fabric type.

To do that, check the underside of your furniture and look for the care label sewn there. The label will tell you the material of your upholstery fibres. It will also have special codes indicating the types of cleaners you should use.

For instance, the W code means clean with a water-based cleaner, while the S code points to a non-water-based solvent. W/S code suggests cleaning with dry and water-based solvents. While X code means you should strictly avoid deep cleaning on your own.

Ways to Clean and Maintain Different Types of Upholstery

1. Synthetic Upholstery

Synthetic upholstery fibres (nylon, acrylic, polyester and olefin) are easy to clean and maintain as they can handle moisture well. Some removable synthetic upholstery covers are even washable in the machine.

However, before cleaning them, you should read the care label carefully and do a spot test to ensure the safety of your fabric. Then, apply the cleaning solution to the fabrics using a soft cloth or a sponge. Gently scrub the upholstered fabric in a circular motion.

Wait for a few minutes, then rinse with a damp cloth and let the furniture air dry.

2. Natural Upholstery

100% natural fibres like cotton and wool get damaged easily due to moisture. That’s why steam cleaning is the best method for cleaning these fabrics. So read the manufacturer’s label carefully and rent a steam cleaning machine for the task.

Test it out on a hidden spot and proceed if there are no side effects. But if you are unsure about the method, our experts will happily give you advice regarding the best approach for cleaning your natural upholstered fabrics.

3. Microfiber Upholstery

Microfiber couches are one of the best fabrics for your upholstery, as you can clean them with ease. Just make a simple solution of dishwashing detergent and water. Pour it into a bowl and clean the furniture with a clean cloth.

Let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe the excess solution with a damp cloth. Let the furniture dry undisturbed and prevent your kids and pets from sitting on it. You can use isopropyl alcohol or baking soda to get stains out of the microfiber couch.

4. Leather Upholstery

Leather fabrics are durable and resilient and can last long with proper care and maintenance. The best way to keep leather fabrics clean is to clean them with a clean and dry cloth.

Moreover, use specialised upholstery cleaner to remove stains from leather couches, as using moisture on them is a big no. Also, condition the leather with the proper oils to maintain its shine and appearance.

5. Suede Upholstery

Cleaning suede furniture is pretty straightforward. Start by vacuuming the loose dirt and dust. Then, make a cleaning solution by mixing 1/4th cup dishwashing liquid, ½ cup vinegar and 4 cups of warm water in a large bowl.

Next, dip a soft-bristle brush into the soap suds and start cleaning the furniture. Start at the top and make your way to the bottom to ensure effective cleaning. After that, dampen a microfiber cloth with water and wipe away the suds. Finally, allow the fabric to air-dry.

General Maintenance for different Types of Upholstery

  • Vacuum your upholstered furniture at least 3-4 times a week.
  • Treat spills right away.
  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
  • Flip the cushion over from time to time.

Get your upholstery cleaned by experts from Magic Carpet Cleaning. With over 15 years of experience, we have the expertise to handle all types of upholstery cleaning. Our cleaning will remove all the contaminants from your upholstered furniture and bring back its pristine appearance.