How to Know When you should Clean Upholstery?

If you’re looking for a mathematical formula for when to clean your upholstery, spoiler alert: there isn’t one! However, there are factors that can help us know how often you should clean upholstery (at home) and when it’s time to take it to a professional upholstery cleaner.  Read this post to the end to finally learn how to know when to clean your upholstery and additionally why and how.

Why should I clean my upholstered furniture?

When to clean upholstery

Fabric damage due to improper technique.

Even if you think your upholstered furniture looks fresh, its fibers probably are not! That is why it is essential to vacuum upholstery at least once a week to prevent the storage of dirt, germs,  bacteria, hairs, dust…

If you still haven’t found enough reasons to clean your upholstery frequently, we recommend you to read this post why clean upholstery where you will understand even more how important cleanliness is for your furniture and beyond that, for your own health.

However, as important as it is to maintain regular cleaning of your sofa, it is equally necessary to know the characteristics of your upholstery and what products and techniques work best so as not to cause permanent damage.

So… once a week is enough?

It depends! Every sofa and every person’s use of it’s different so it’s important to take into account all factors to determine how often you should vacuum your sofa.

It’s time to have your upholstery professionally cleaned if:

  • Bad odors
  • Visible stains
  • Your home is not smoke-free
  • The upholstery is in constant use
  • You have children playing on your upholstery
  • You have pets (they accumulate more dirt and hairs on your upholstery).
  • It has been more than a year without a professional upholstery cleaning

⚠️Although you should maintain regular cleaning of your upholstery, it is important not to overdo it. If you do not meet any of these criteria, it is best not to clean it.

How to clean upholstery?

As you have seen in the image above, improper technique can cause permanent damage.  In this case, the patterns left from the cleaning tool may not be 100% correctable.  Improper or inappropriate use of chemicals can also cause damage.  There are many things you can to at home to keep your sofa in its best condition – even if it is a delicate fabric.

We know from our 46 years of experience that upholstery is usually one of the things at the bottom of your cleaning list but… we assure you that if you follow our recommendations starting today, in a few months or even years, you will thank us for it!

As for professional upholstery cleanings, most manufacturers recommend at least 1 per year. In it, thanks to steam cleaning and the application of non-toxic products, we will refresh your furniture!

When to clean upholstery

Upholstered chairs professionally cleaned by Aero Carpet Services

How long has it been since you have had your sofa, chairs, mattress professionally cleaned?  Don’t wait any longer and ask us now for a free estimate or call us at  (604) 321-7440. Our experienced  technicians are ready to get hands-on!