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How to clean your sofa safely
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There Is No Second Chance when cleaning a three piece suite. You Either Get It Right Or Wreck It! Here’s Why…
You can’t just go diving in and clean a sofa. Even the labels on the suites are not always correct (more about this later). You have to do several tests. You have to check that your furnishing’s should be dry or wet cleaned.
You have to check if the dyes are colourfast or if they will run. Once you’ve started, that’s it. There’s no turning back.
It’s not like a computer where you press the “back” button if you get something wrong. You cannot restart or reset a job. It has to be right the first time.
If someone makes a mistake, it is them (or their insurance company) who carries the can for replacing the sofa, settee or chairs.
These chairs (½ way through) were from a fire station. They were covered in soot. You can see they were pink underneath!
This is where training, plus years of experience comes in.
You have to be able to spot potential problems immediately.
Over the years, you gain tons of working knowledge (after being schooled by the Ncca who has seen it all).
It is a minefield for someone who does not know what they are doing. So… I bet you are wondering…
Is There Anyone Out There Who You Can Trust? Yes Warrington Sofa cleaners are trained to the highest of levels.
Well, here’s something astonishing. Professionals can’t be sure all of the time. What do you think of this?
As I said above, you cannot even believe what the ” instructions” labels say. I was talking to another professional who had a working relationship with a manufacturer. This is as shocking as it is amazing. You see…Years Of Practical Experience Give You A “Nose” Or “Sixth Sense” For Spotting These Dangers.
A colleague told me he was at the factory one day when he saw piles of labels for furniture. When he asked the workers how they knew what went where they did not know. They said… When they ran out of labels, they just used any that came to hand!
In this video we show you the stains and watermarks before and after.
To achieve these results this is what we did.
1/ Pre vacuum to lift and debris such as grit, sand, etc.
2/ Apply our solution and agitate this thoroughly. We repeated this process to the point of seeing a white foam. This gave us an indication that the chemical was breaking down the dirt.
3/ We allowed this to dwell for ten minutes. This was ample time for the chemistry to start working.
4/ Using our truck mount, with a pressure of 190 and steam at 120c, the extraction process took place.
5/ You can clearly see the change in colour at the end of this video. This was a combination of grime, drink spillages, food, dye transfer, and neglect.
Luckily for this customer we saved them the hassle of replacing their furnishing and a lot of money.
We charged this customer £75.00.
We are all guilty of lounging on a furniture, dropping drinks or food, even having sex on them.
To begin with we need to identify what fibre is prevalent in the construction.
How do we do this? Well, we mentioned earlier that tags are visible, but sometimes these can be incorrect. Using an incorrect solutions could cause a lot of damage. So it is best to be safe.
We remove two loose fibre then action a burn test. Different fibres release different distinctive smells, which help me identify what am dealing with. ,
Experience also helps you choose the right tools for the job.
These can be a challenge to do well. In fact…
I used to walk away from those jobs before because I was never happy with the results.
After seeing it, I just had to get my hands on one there and then. Now, the results achieved with it are amazing.
These tools thoroughly work the surface of the fabric, without drenching the foam underneath.
a/ that it takes much less time to dry and…
b/ There is no dirt brought back up from below as the water dries out.
Put simply, You get better results. Anyway, back to business, people ask…
“So, When You Are At My House, What Do You Do?”
A detailed survey will tell us
1/ Test . Certain fabrics say e.g.. a real velvet or viscose velour will be permanently ruined if you get water anywhere near them. We do a test on a tiny, hidden patch and then dry it with a hairdryer before we start).
2/ Test for “colourfastness” (are the dyes stable or will they run?).
3/ Check for possible physical damage that may be made worse during cleaning. Is there a small cut or worn patch that could be opened up if not treated with care? This is common, particularly on the arms or the “cuffs”. The dirtier the suite, the harder it is to spot this.
All of this would be done during the initial inspection. If everything is OK, we then start work (well not quite yet).
First, we have to make sure we don’t cause any harm to your home. I do not want to alarm you here. It’s just a case of why take any unnecessary risks? You see…
Here Is A Confession…
We have occasionally, during the last twenty years, broken things. It very rarely happens but it would be a lie to say it never has.
That is why the full cover insurance premiums are extortionate and why we have to be vigilant. We have not had a claim in maybe the last fifteen years but we still need to have the cover. Next…
We ask you to safely remove your breakables. After that, we have a quick look around for any other potential problems e.g… Low hanging lamps/lights that may get caught; open fireplaces where you may get soot to blow out onto any upholstery, that sort of thing.
Right… So Down To Business (At Last)…
4/ We come in and put drop sheets over your flooring (not only in the room we are working in but any others we have to go into or pass-through). There are three reasons for this.
A/ We may accidentally walk some dirt in (I hope not but why take chances?).
B/ We use a fine spray . We do not want this to get near your carpets or other furnishings.
C/ We do not want to put “newly cleaned” items on to carpets (in case they pick up dust or dirt).
We organise the work area and get started.
A vital part of our our service is removing any dry dirt and dust. This stops it being turned into mud when moisture is added.
To do this properly, we need another “specialist” tool.
The reason I’m telling you this now is simple. So that you do not freak out when you see it. The first time I used it, I forgot to tell the lady of the house what I was up to. It scared the living daylights out of her and I do not want that to happen again. So, here goes. This tool is called… A Hoover!
That’s right, I’m being serious. You see, even if you regularly clean your house, a lot of dust gets absorbed by your furniture. Older furniture can hold a lot of dry soiling within the foam.
A few careful, gentle taps with the round surface of the bat and all that dust is loosened (ready to be vacuumed away). It works in the same way as your beater bar on your Hoover.
When all the dry stuff is removed, we can start the “proper” cleaning.
First, We (Very) Gently Soften The Dirt…
5/ A fine mist of strong (but gentle) pre-spray is applied to the dirty areas. Often (say in the case of “flat weaves”), this is sprayed evenly, all over the panels. This is to make sure there are no dry patches (to prevent any danger of leaving watermarks).
6/ This is left for a few minutes to soften the dirt. In our experience, the time can vary from job to job and can also be very dependent on temperature and humidity. It is also gently massaged into the fabric with either a microfibre cloth or super soft brush.
In this way, the dirt is loosened so that it can be easily extracted. We only have to lightly pass an extraction (rinsing) tool over it (rather than scrubbing with the tool like the cowboys do).
…Then Rinse With Pure Water Only…
7/ Extraction. Using our “super-duper mega fantastic” extraction tools we remove the dirt without soaking the foam or padding underneath. Drenching the underlying foam can mean a three-piece suite takes DAYS rather than hours to dry. Hence the (true) horror stories that you hear.
What I said above about rinsing is not completely true.
Some fabrics need very careful handling. With these, we add a very mild acidic additive to the rinse solution. This extra step helps to stabilise the dyes in things such as cotton fabrics.
Then We Start The Drying Process…
Again, we put sheets down to protect your items.
We then place your frames and cushions in front of a big air mover (cold air only).
This can speed the drying time up tremendously (times reduced by up to 90%).
We place the cushions “house of cards” style to allow the air to go around them.
We never put cushions against radiators as this can leave permanent (radiator shaped) impressions in the fabric.
So.. How Much Will It Cost?
Bear in mind most of our clients have spent hundreds if not thousands of pounds on their furniture.
They may have taken out expensive, long term credit agreements to be able to afford them.
They do not want some cowboy to wreck them (I know because they have told me … many times).
In terms of time, you could be looking at anything between two and a half to four hours (longer for larger or heavily soiled furnishings).