STEP 1 – Plan Your Time:
Give yourself at least a couple of hours or even one full day in the weekend to clean up the sofas and the other upholstery at home. It’s important not to rush and to give the deep cleaned spots enough drying time too.
STEP 2 – Inspect:
Inspect all the upholstery surfaces for stains, dirt and other soiled areas. It’s important at this step not to rush, because a better assessment of the affected areas will help you to choose the right cleaning compounds, cleaning methods, etc.
STEP 3 – Vacuum:
Begin with a pre-vacuuming to remove any dust, sand particles, food crumbs and other bigger pieces of dirt.
STEP 4 – Light or Deep Clean:
A thorough inspection of the stained areas will help you to make a decision whether you have to clean the entire sofa, chair or another upholstery, or you can deal with the heaviest blemishes only via spot cleaning.
STEP 5 – Textile, Fabrics, Synthetic Upholstery:
For spot cleaning of objects with textile, fabrics or synthetic upholstery, use a simple homemade cleaning detergent of hot water, shampoo and a tiny amount of baking soda. Apply the mixture directly onto the spot and rub it gently until the foam get dirty. Wipe off the excess with a clean towel and repeat the procedure while letting the solution to soak up for a while this time. For really small and tiny dirty spots, an old toothbrush or a small grooming brush is indispensable for rubbing.
STEP 6 – Leather Upholstery:
For deep cleaning of sofas with leather upholstery use only detergents that are leather friendly. Or else, you can make yourself another homemade solution of water, shampoo and soap, and treat the spot with clean cloths. Without a doubt, the best way for deep cleaning leather upholstery is to book with a professional cleaning company. The professional cleaners have special detergents with pigmentation that restore shine and texture of the leather surfaces and have knowledge how to treat the different types of leather.
STEP 7 – Rug and Carpet Cleaning:
A hot water cleaning is more suitable for rug and carpet cleaning, but make sure to consult the labels on the back of your rugs and carpets. Note the maximum temperature allowed for cleaning and the safety advices. The hot-water extraction method is one of the most effective methods for deep cleaning of the fibres, thanks to the hot water, which itself is enough to dissolve the hardest greasy spots and stains. Moreover, when you add the perfect detergent and a sanitizing agent, you can achieve flawless results during the big spring cleaning, for example.
STEP 8 – Hot-Steam Cleaning:
A hot-steam cleaning system is another perfect choice for deep cleaning at home and it can be used for different types of surfaces as well. From the carpets and the rugs to sofas with short fibre upholstery – the hot steam acts as the hot water cleaning system, but on an even greater scale. It’s the greater heat that better dissolves the stains and it eliminates all the microorganisms, bacteria and pollens thriving on the surfaces. Just make sure that your sofa upholstery can sustain a steam that’s heated to often over a hundred degrees Celsius.
STEP 9 – Sanitizing and Deodorizing:
Sanitizing and deodorizing are as important as the pre-vacuuming activity, especially if you have pets at home or even more when you let them to play and sit on the sofa. The sanitizing and deodorizing agents act as a protective solution of the fibers and so they ensure a quite longer lasting clean effect.