How to Clean Different Types of Upholstery

Cleaning a couch with a microfibre cloth

If you have any upholstered furniture in your commercial space, such as in a waiting area or break room, when was the last time you cleaned any of it? Many people do not know how to clean different types of upholstery, and as a result they simply avoid cleaning it. Here are some quick cleaning tips for common upholstery materials. If you’re not sure what your upholstery is made of, there should be a label somewhere on the furniture that lists what it is.

Synthetic Upholstery

Common synthetic fabrics include nylon, polyester, and acrylic. These materials are generally the easiest to clean and don’t require a lot of special attention. If you have synthetic cushion covers that are removable, you can simply throw them in the laundry to clean them, then hang them to dry. If they are not removable, simply dab a little gentle detergent on the fabric with a damp cloth. Always test the detergent on a small spot on the fabric first, just to make sure that it doesn’t cause any discolouration.

Suede Upholstery

Suede is delicate and should generally be cleaned by a professional, but if you just have a small spill you may be able to clean that up yourself. It’s important to remember that you should never use water on suede upholstery because it can cause damage. For minor spills, simply spritz a clean, dry cloth with white vinegar and gently blot the affected area. For grease stains, apply baking soda to the affected area and allow it to sit for a few minutes, then vacuum up the baking soda.

Leather Upholstery

Your regular cleaning routine for leather should simply be to dust it by rubbing the upholstery with a soft, dry cloth. Any spills on leather should be cleaned up immediately by blotting with a dry microfibre cloth. If the spill leaves a mark, you can use a warm, damp cloth with very gentle detergent to clean it up. Any tougher stains will need to be addressed by a professional cleaner.

If you want the help of a trusted professional cleaner to ensure that all the upholstery in your commercial space is clean and pristine, get in touch with Anago of Vancouver today!


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