It’s time to take a “stand” on upholstery cleaning.
We get it: watching sports requires a lot of sitting (until something big happens, of course). But with the completion of the World Cup, Wimbledon, NBA Finals, and various other professional sporting events, it’s time to take a look at the real loser in all of this—your furniture’s upholstery.
Brush aside the chip crumbs and candy wrappers, and you’ll probably be left with battered upholstery that could use a little time on the “DL.”
Luckily, our upholstery cleaning process is held to the same strict quality standards as our carpet cleaning—standards that are structured similarly to many coaching methods, which involve having a solid game plan and plenty of preparation.
Why Should You Clean Upholstery?
The answer is two-fold:
1) Whether or not you would like to admit it, your body does indeed secrete various oils that ultimately leak into your furniture’s upholstery. Add that to the various food, drink, and pet stains that are sure to have accumulated over time, and you have yourself a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and unpleasant odors. Keeping a maintenance schedule not only maintains the life of your upholstery, but it also improves your indoor air quality as it removes pet dander, dust and other allergens.
2) Many furniture manufacturers have language in their warranties dictating that the upholstery be cleaned periodically. If you choose not to clean the upholstery, your warranty could be voided, and you will have effectively shortened the life of your furniture’s even further.
A wise man once said, “Trying to start a business without a business plan is like trying to win a football game without a game plan.” At Steam Action, all of our technicians are trained to use specific game plans for each of the services we offer. Based on the positive customer feedback, it is a fair assumption that these game plans have been quite effective over the years.
Read the following steps as we open up our upholstery cleaning playbook to you!
Step 1: Pre-Inspection
A trained technician will analyze the upholstery and point out any potential permanent stains or areas of concern. He or she will then give you an evaluation of expected results.
Step 2: Area Preparation
The technician will then prepare the area where the upholstery will be cleaned in order to protect your surrounding furnishings.
Step 3: Pre-Vacuum
All textiles will then be vacuumed thoroughly before cleaning. This step will remove dry soils and any loose particles, such as pet hair (and chip crumbs), from cracks and crevices. This step makes the steam cleaning process much more simple and effective.
Step 4: Pre-Spray
We apply a fine fabric pre-spray to loosen soil and release any body oils or stains that may have solidified on the fabric.
Step 5: Scrub
We then manually agitate these areas as needed with a specially designed furniture brush. This helps to break up deeply-rooted stains, so that they can be removed in the next step.
Step 6: Soil Extraction, Rinse, and Speed Dry
We then use a heated rinsing solution to wash away contaminants, leaving the fabric fresh and clean. Thanks to our quick-drying technology, your upholstery will be cleaned and dried efficiently and effectively.
Step 7: Post-Cleaning Inspection
Our technician will review the cleaning results with you to ensure that your expectations have been met or exceeded.
(Step 8): Fabric Protector
We also recommend that your upholstery be treated with DuPont Teflon Protector, or equivalent, after cleaning to further increase its life. These protectant sprays fend off soil, stains, and spills on your upholstery without altering its weight, look, feel, color or breathability.
As you finish reading this, take a moment to analyze the condition of your furniture’s upholstery. Does it have unpleasant odors? Are there obvious stains or spill marks? Has the color faded and lost its original sheen? If you say “yes” to any of these questions, then it may be time to give us a call. Remember, we have the trained staff and the solid game plan to ensure that your furniture is looking, and smelling, like it is brand new!