Cleaning Tips: Cleaning Upholstery The Right Way

Practical advice to get the job done more efficiently

Are you an expert at cleaning upholstery? Or are you an expert at cleaning carpet — and simply pick up upholstery cleaning jobs when they come along?

If you fall in the second camp, then you just may find yourself cleaning upholstery the same way you do carpet. Same process. Same cleaning solutions. Same equipment.

Sound familiar? If so, you may be running into problems that you don’t have to. Here are some tips to help you eliminate the problems and help you charge the right amount — probably more — for upholstery jobs.

First use the proper pre-spray. Don’t just grab your carpet pre-spray and figure that’s good enough. There’s a big difference chemically between the two and you’ll see the difference in the final result. Then, make sure you apply the pre-spray properly — apply it evenly, heavy enough to work but not so heavy that it goes through the fabric to the padding. Use a good sprayer — not a trigger sprayer. The best way is to get a one or two-gallon stainless-steel sprayer with a hose long enough to reach around furniture.

After you apply the pre-spray, agitate. Get yourself a good brush to handle this task — a horsehair brush with a tight bristle pack will do the job nicely.

Next, get ready for extraction. Pre-test a spot and you’re ready to go.

Use the proper cleaning equipment. If you have a truckmount, you may be tempted to use it for upholstery. Not necessarily. A good portable with a handheld upholstery tool gets the job done just as well. And you’re not putting excess wear and tear on your expensive equipment. A good portable provides plenty of heat, enough pressure (less than 100 psi is plenty) and quite enough extraction power for often-delicate fabrics.

Develop your expertise with upholstery cleaning and you’ll find this is a great way to boost business!

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