Dec 22, 2021

Upholstery cleaning is a task that you can take on yourself, or you can also hire the professional services of an upholstery cleaning professional in Sydney for reliably effective results. Once you know the ABC’s of upholstery cleaning, selecting the service you need from cleaning professionals in Sydney becomes simple. Although you can also find assistance, if that’s not the case, with a friendly representative that can take you what to look for to give you a quote. 

If you are doing the cleaning yourself, there are some things you need to keep in mind with this type of cleaning. Namely, how you dry your upholstery as efficiently and fast as possible. 

The problem you face with upholstery cleaning is that residue, stains, and dirt can really cling onto the fabric. Which means you may need to go over your parts of your couch a few times. Once the fabric is wet, you also may not really be able to see it easily until the fabric dries. Which leaves you of course, having to do the process all over again. In such a case, rub your hand gently on the upholstery and see if it feels greasy, dirty, or different from the surrounding areas. If it does, it’s time to apply one of the following tricks to get rid of the blemishes and help the fabric dry without causing any damage. 

Common Mistakes

Drying upholstery isn’t complicated, but the most common mistake is thinking it will happen all at once. If you’ve ever had to clean your couch or any upholstered seats, you will know that this can take time and could be quite frustrating. However, drying these items shouldn’t be the stressful experience that it often ends up being.

Drying should be a continued process that you help along every time you wet your couch, as well as a waiting game for about 2-6 hours. 

An important way to ensure you are following the right cleaning and drying method for your upholstered furniture is checking in with the manufacturer. Often your furniture will come with tags or information regarding what methods you can use to clean these items. Otherwise, you should be able to look up this information online or through making a call. So, you can find out whether you can or should use water, a solvent based cleaner or if the upholstery is vacuum clean only. It’s important to stick with the cleaning methods recommended by the manufacturer as to not cause any damage to your upholstered items or void your warranty. 

Another common mistake, for microfibre couches is washing your coach and leaving it to dry all it once. Work in stages and ensure all the surface is equally wet and that the fibre looks even before leaving it to air dry. 

Using A Vacuum

Ensuring you dry your upholstery after cleaning is a great method of preserving the texture of your upholstery and keeping stains from spreading. Its also a good way to ensure this happens speedily to ward off mould or odour. Before you begin with any liquids, you can start with a surface clean. You can use either a dry cloth to gently brush the fabric from any crumbs, or you can go over the material with a vacuum. After you wet spray water and a shampoo over one section of the couch (such as one cushion) go over the fabric with a sponge or a brush for microfibre. Rinse with a water spray before vacuuming excess water from the fabric’s surface. When you are done, use a clean damp sponge to ensure the areas is evenly wet. To finish, use a disposable rag to rub down each piece of upholstery until there are no more wrinkles or creases in the fabric. It should look smooth and even. Now you can leave it to air dry.   

Using Baking Soda & A Vacuum

The key to successfully drying after an upholstery cleaning is to combine one of the most effective cleaning methods with a lesser one. You can sprinkle the entire couch with a thin layer of baking soda. Baking soda is a versatile deodorant and will help lift bad odours from your couch or upholstery fabric for a deep and fresh clean. Leave it on the wet furniture for 5 minutes before vacuuming off. You may also choose to use bicarb as a deodorant for your couch before the wet clean. 

Wet methods are best for dusting and scrubbing down stains, and stains can be removed with a variety of solvents; however, for some sofas they create longer-term damage to the fibres that make up your furniture. This is why we advise that you consult with the manufacturer of your furniture first, as some upholstery furniture specifies dry cleaning methods only. You can also use baking soda without any water to clean between the wrinkles, cracks and crevices. Brush it with a dry brush first to help loosen any dirt. The mineral helps surface dirt, and effectively dissolve germs and odours underneath. Then finish with vacuuming, for a fresh and fabulous clean!

Speeding Up Your Air Dry Time

There are several things you can do to help your upholstery furniture dry after a clean, especially during a humid day – 

    • Turn on a high-volume fan in front or above your couch
    • Use dehumidifiers
    • Turn on the heating
    • Open the windows

Hiring a Professional Upholstery Cleaning Service

At the end of the day, you only really need to clean your upholstery once or twice a year; or maybe once every 4 months if you have kids or pets. Which is why many people decide to just leave it to the professional services of an upholstery cleaning company instead. Carpet Cleaners Australia are experts when it comes to cleaning fabric sofas, microfibre sofas, leather sofas and more. We also deal with mattresses, wool of material blends, polyester, white fabrics and leather suede. 

You can trust our professionals to identify the right cleaning method for your upholstery, before safely and efficiently cleaning them. You can trust us to help take care of the drying process as well!

If you’re after a professional upholstery cleaning service, you can call us on 0426 511 911 and skip all the guess work. And we’ll take care of the rest!