No matter how careful you are of your priced home furniture its upholstery will eventually accumulate dirt and probably get stained overtime. A very efficient solution with good results for this is steam cleaning.
The system is also sometimes called hot water extraction and most widely used in cleaning carpets but is also effective on the upholstery of your home furniture. Actually, no steam is involved in the cleaning. Its the hot water and cleaning agent that is prompted on the upholstery fabric which loosens the dirt and soil. A vacuum then sucks up the hot water along with the loosened dirt and soil.
Another method of steam cleaning is vapor steam cleaning which uses steam itself as the cleaning agent to quickly clean, disinfects and dry your upholstery. Steam is applied to the surface fabric to break down dirt and soil. A vacuum integrated within the device then removes the soil and dirt.
Vapor steam cleaners in contrast to hot water extraction utilizes small amount of water that is boiled to a temperature of about 240 – 310°F producing low pressure, low moisture water vapor, a.k.a steam. This kind of temperature output makes this type 0f steam cleaning ideal for use in residential and office buildings.
Vapor and hot water extraction steam cleaners are typically of the same structure in which they look like a simple household vacuum cleaner but with a water chamber in place of a suction bag. Industrial steam cleaners such as the ones used in hospitals are larger in size compared with those used in residential houses.
There are 3 ways you can have your home furniture steam cleaned. You can buy a steam cleaner at a nearby hardware or appliance store. If you are short on cash to purchase a steam cleaner there are several shops that offer them on a rental basis. And for a professional cleaning of the upholstery on your furniture you can always hire the services of a steam cleaning company.
The first thing to remember in cleaning your home furniture is that no two types of fabric are exactly the same. Some fabrics need to be cleaned differently. It is common for any furniture bought from a reputable furniture store to have an information tag about the fabric and instructions for cleaning written on a sticker on the furniture.
For someone who chooses to clean his home furniture by himself through hot water extraction, let me suggest that he should not let the fabric absorb too much water. It will only do more harm than good when mildew appears on the upholstery because of water not fully extracted.
Before spraying water on the fabric which has stain on it, soak the stain first with a stain remover. As much as possible do not use vinegar as a cleaning agent on your upholstery unless the stain is caused by a coffee spill; you should first test the solution in an inconspicuous place before applying it directly to avoid damaging the fabric.
In my previous post How To Remove Stain On Upholstered Furniture I have discussed several ways of removing stain on upholstery.
For a more thorough and safer cleaning of your home furniture it is better to get a professional service. Cleaning companies have well trained people who know how to sort out the proper treatment of your upholstery.