El Cajon Upholstery Cleaning Experts
Upholstery cleaning comes with some front problems. For starters, there are essentially no standards when it comes to the manufacture of upholstered items. What this means is that you need pet urine and odor removal services you will get more information on Target for a $15 shirt, than you will get some $2,5000 sofa. Currently, there are no government standards that cover fiber content like there is for carpet care. We provide several East County cleaning services and we recommend combining services together when possible.
That tag you see on the deck where the cushions sit on is particularly specific to the materials under the fabric, and include the ticking, battling, and the cushion materials. Some of the items will have a “consumer information tag” with some cleaning codes. We’ll get to the cleaning bit in a minute but, it’s no longer a surprise to find two identical pieces of furniture (say a love seat and a sofa) with identical structure and identical fabric, bought at the same time in the same store having very different cleaning codes unlike tile cleaning where there is standard.
Wet cleaning one and solvent cleaning the other usually produces significantly different results. If you follow the cleaning code tag included for the material, then you would be covering yourself. Keep in mind that the manufacturer can’t come back to you and claim that you voided the warranty. However, for us, the consumer is paying us to clean their items.
One of the main determining factors when getting an item cleaned is the type of dirt. We often find ourselves cleaning items that say “dry clean only”. However, if you are dealing with pets that leave their hair all over as they rub against furniture, beverage and food spills, or both hand and hair oil, then you’re dealing with some water-soluble dirt, that might only respond to wet cleaning agents. In such a case, it’s not the concern of the manufacturer. Their concerns would be factors that do not affect the fabric.
Basic Upholstery Cleaning Codes:
S: Dry clean only (no water)
W: Wet clean only (no solvents)
X: Vacuum only (don’t use any cleaning agents)
S-W: both wet and dry methods are ideal
Upholstery Cleaning Methods
Now, let’s look at the various upholstery cleaning methods. We’ll look at both the dry and wet cleaning methods. Dry methods can be both low moisture and actual dry methods that don’t use any water, but use certain solvents.
1. Dry Solvent
The dry solvent method is commonly used on non-colorfast or delicate fabrics that could be damaged rather easily when using the water based methods. This method is relatively safe for most fabrics and dyes; however, it could damage adhesives that are used on the back side of the fabrics. The dry cleaning solvents used are also hazardous chemicals, which is the main reason why we can’t use them in homes. On average, it takes more than 16 hours for the solvent used to evaporate or off-gas out of the fabric.
2. Absorbent Compounds
The absorbent compounds have minimal moisture, and therefore qualifies this method as dry cleaning. The process entails treating some granular powder with some cleaning agents. The fabric is then sprinkled with the solution, and brushed uniformly all over the fabric in order to suspend the dust and dirt in about half an hour. Next a dry vacuum is used to remove all the dirt and dust that has been collected by the compound.
3. Dry Foam
A machine is used to make dry foam, which is then distributed evenly over the fabric using a brush. The dirt and dust contained in the fabric is suspended in the foam, and is then removed by a wet vacuum.
4. Shampoo Method
For this method, a foaming cleaning agent is essentially applied all over the fabric using sponges, sprayers, or brushes. The dirt, hair, and dust particles are suspended in the agent, and are then extracted using a wet vacuum. Although the shampoo and dry foam methods seem quite similar, the shampoo method is actually wetter compared to dense foam.
5. Water Extraction
In the water extraction method, a specially made cleaning solution is injected or flows through the fabric. This solution suspends dust and dirt particles by the flushing action, and are then collected by a wet vacuum. The water extraction method gives the best results overall, but it’s only used on the fabrics whose composition, dyes, and fibers are not damaged by water and water based cleaning solutions.
While in most cases we can clean items on site, upholstery that needs wet or solvent cleaning, is heavily dirty, or has a delicate fabric are often brought to our facilities for cleaning. That’s because at our shop, we have all the necessary space and equipment to deliver the best results.