The steam cleaning is an efficient way to clean different types of surfaces, but what about upholstery? In this article we will answer the question of whether you can use a fabric steam cleaner on your upholstery.
The answer is yes, you can clean upholstery with a steam cleaner. However, you’ll need to know what kind of fabric the upholstery is made from, whether it’s colorfast and how delicate it is. If your upholstery can stand gentle moisture with specialized cleaning agents then you’re good!
Otherwise, if the upholstery has delicate fabric or colors that might run or bleed then you’d better hire a professional sofa steam cleaning service to do it for you.
If your upholstery doesn’t have any special fabrics on it, here are some steps towards taking care of your sofa/ armchair/ bed with steam cleaning.
1) Make sure the surface is clean of dust and potentially harmful particles. You can use a brush or microfiber cloth to remove all dirt and grime.
2) Make sure that the surface of upholstery is not slippery and there’s no water pooling on it. If there’s moisture pooled on your upholstery, use a towel to remove it and let the furniture be dry at least 2 hours before using the steamer. This way you reduce the risk of damaging fabrics.
3) Fill a steam cleaner with appropriate amount of water (chemical-free cleansing agents). Leave some space for adding pure distilled white vinegar which can help clean upholstery as well as neutralize any chemical residues.
4) Use either a brush or microfiber cloth to apply the cleaning agent on your couch/ chair/bed and then turn on the ste and start scrubbing! Start from one side and then proceed to the other.
The steamer’s temperature should be hot enough to kill dust mites, bacteria and allergens living deep into your upholstery. But it shouldn’t make color bleed off from fabric upholstery as well as not damage any wood pieces on your furniture. If you’re scared of steam cleaning because you think it might ruin your furniture, check out our last article about wood restoration .
In conclusion, fabric steam cleaners are a good option for getting rid of dirt and grime off different types of surfaces including upholstery. However, there are some precautions that need to be taken before you begin this process which we have discussed above. To conclude let’s say that if you follow all safety rules and precautions before you start upholstery steam cleaning, there shouldn’t be any problems with your upholstery.
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