MY FURNITURE DOESN’T EVEN LOOK DIRTY – WHY CLEAN IT?
Upholstered fabrics are often designed to HIDE or camouflage dirt, dust, and spills…. but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there! Here are a few simple tests you can do at home to see if your furniture is in need of a professional cleaning:
TEST # 1: THE “SLAP” TEST
Place a bright light over the top of a cushion and using a stick (like a paint mixing stick or wooden spoon) hit the cushion 2-3 times. Observe the amount of dust that is released into the air. If you see a cloud of dust, keep in mind that you only released a small amount of what is built up in your furniture.
TEST #2: THE WHITE TOWEL TEST
Moisten a white terry cloth towel with a small amount of water. Briskly rub it across one of your seat cushions or arm covers. Look at the towel. What do you see?
TEST #3: THE SNIFF TEST
Take a breath and completely exhale. Then place your nose 3” above the seat cushion and waft the surface air to your nose using one hand in a fanning motion. Do you notice any odors? Soil accumulations foster bacterial growth that feeds on the contaminants and creatures living in the fibers of your furniture fabrics. If your furniture has a noticeable odor, it’s an indication that it should be professionally cleaned as soon as possible
PROTECT YOUR FURNITURE ONCE IT IS CLEANED
Having protectant applied to your upholstery following a professional cleaning gives you an extra guard against future spots and spills. Protectant will aid in keeping dirt, dust and spills near the surface of the fabric where is it more easily removed, rather than penetrating into the cushions where it could cause permanent staining, discoloration, or damage.