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What if you wanted to clean your furniture yourself?
Important things to know and advice.


Upholstered furniture is in every home, it is an integral part of our daily lives and a necessary element of comfort. But in the process of use, for various reasons, stains may appear on the upholstery from food, spilled liquids, children's pranks or pets. In such cases, of course, you want to get rid of these stains as soon as possible and return your favorite sofa to its original state. After all, dirt on the furniture is always in sight, and spoil the overall picture of the interior. Thus, we are faced with the question: how to effectively clean the sofa at home from stains, from dirt, from streaks, from the smell, from cat or child urine or even from blood?
    On the Internet, as well as in television commercials you can meet a lot of ways and miracle cures, which are proposed to remove easily a particular stain (or even get rid of the smell of cat urine). Such stain removers are often called "professional", but this is far from it. If the product is concentrated, it does not mean that it is professional! It is unlikely that you can buy a real professional means for dry cleaning of upholstered furniture in an ordinary supermarket or from a representative of a chain company. Such detergents can be found only at specialized suppliers and they should be used by trained professionals in the field of cleaning in accordance with the technology of cleaning and in combination with professional equipment.
     Separate attention deserves "recipes", telling how to clean the couch with vinegar, baking soda, alcohol and other folk remedies. If you decide to clean upholstered furniture with your own hands, these methods should be treated with caution. Read this article to the end, and you will know why.
    Often, caring hostesses, having bought a remedy from TV commercials, rush to get rid of stains on the sofa, and boldly pour and rub the magic solution on the upholstery. Some people prefer to use folk methods, and, after reading an article on the Internet, treat stains from pet urine with vinegar or citric acid.
     Unfortunately, such actions, in the vast majority of cases, lead only to a worsening of the situation. 


The photo shows real-life examples of the effects of self-cleaning by customers:


Stains after self-cleaning the couch with a household cleaner.


Attempting to remove the stains yourself, which led to a loss of color.


Self-cleaning sofa with baking soda, after vacuuming the baking soda was eaten into the fabric and remained.

The most common examples of unsuccessful self-cleaning are on white sofas. After all, to clean a white or light-colored sofa at home without streaks is difficult enough. Because if you put on a light-colored furniture upholstery, even a completely transparent liquid or cleaning foam, after it dries, most likely there will be stains on the background of the general impurity in the fibers of the material. And if the cleaner has an aggressive environment, streaks on the sofa can be formed because of the dissolved and melted fabric dye. Such damage is much more difficult to fix than just cleaning the upholstered furniture from stains and dirt.
Sometimes it is still possible to "successfully" remove the stain with the methods discussed above, but note that in any case, after such a procedure, the cleaner that you used remains in the upholstery. And the stains that were on the surface of the furniture are simply rubbed into the filler. Stain removers, as a rule, have an aggressive alkaline environment, and remaining in the fabric, constantly acting on it, the fibers can be destroyed, and existing stains can be permanently fixed. Detergents, once dry, leave a sticky residue in the fibers of the fabric, on which dust accumulates within a short period of time and dark mottled areas or stains form.
How, after all, you can clean upholstered furniture with your own hands without the risk of damaging the upholstery? If you get any liquid (even urine, blood) or food on the sofa, the fresh stain should be soaked as soon as possible and wiped with an absorbent cloth or a clean white cloth. This simple action will remove most of the substance from the fabric and filler, resulting in a stain that, if it remains, will be much less noticeable and less likely to cause streaking. If you have a power vacuum cleaner, it is recommended that you rinse the upholstery area repeatedly with clean water and dry it. This way you can remove stains and other local fresh imperfections from the furniture upholstery on your own, but unfortunately this method will not help to remove stale dry stains, get rid of general dirt, greasy darkened areas and unpleasant odors.
A strong recommendation: do not try to remove odors from upholstered furniture with household stain removers and detergents! They will not help you anything, especially if it is the smell of pet urine. In such cases, the odorous substances will only be absorbed deeper, the smell will further intensify, and it will be much harder to get rid of it. Often the same unpleasant effect has inexpensive remedies for the smell from the pet store. In the case of unsuccessful use of folk methods with acetic acid and ammonia often to the scents of animal tags can add a caustic smell of ammonia. After all, in order to remove the smell of urine, you need to completely remove its source, that is, dissolve the odorous substance with a special agent, then completely extract the solution, and leave the furniture clean. To remove the agent from the furniture upholstery at home, you can use repeated rinsing of the treated area with a washing vacuum cleaner with clean water. In this case, there is no guarantee that a household vacuum cleaner will remove all the solution due to its insufficient power.
An important difference between professional dry cleaning and self-cleaning of upholstered furniture is that all chemicals used are neutralized and completely removed from the furniture along with the dirt. For this we use special professional equipment. With their help, the entire textile part of the furniture is repeatedly washed with a powerful stream of different cleaning solutions. In addition, an appropriate stain remover is used for each type of stain from among expensive specialized concentrates. There is no miracle universal remedy that will remove any stain from any material. You can use up to 10 chemicals for cleaning one sofa. Also if you have ordered dry cleaning from another company and a "master" came to you and cleaned the couch in 30 minutes with a single agent, the quality of this procedure is very doubtful. Most likely with such a quick clean, there was no neutralization and complete removal of the chemical substance (conditioning of the fabric). To avoid failures should choose a cleaning company with confidence in the professionalism and experience of its specialists, do not trust your furniture to dubious masters.
Clean the furniture yourself, or call professionals - it's up to you to decide. We recommend that if you are not 100% sure that you can get rid of the dirt by yourself, do not experiment! Damage from unsuccessful action can greatly exceed the cost of professional dry-cleaning. At the same time dry cleaning can bring the interior articles back to life and its price is times and sometimes dozens of times lower than the cost of new furniture.
The company CLEAN SOFA LLC specializes in cleaning upholstered furniture and mattresses. We are experienced and have dealt with a huge number of different types of dirt. But the most difficult situations have arisen when a client has tried to clean up upholstered furniture on their own. We are always happy to help you get rid of any dirt. But, unfortunately, if the upholstery fabric is damaged by some chemical agents, or specific long-standing stains, it is not always possible to restore the damaged areas by upholstery cleaning. Take care of your furniture, contact a professional in time.


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