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Upholstery Cleaning: What is the best way to clean fabric upholstery?

The best way to clean fabric upholstery is to use Steam Cleaning, however this depends on the type of fabric and the cleaning instructions provided by the manufacturer. Always start by checking the label and following the instructions provided.

  • X: Use vacuum only for cleaning
  • W: Use water for cleaning
  • S: Use solvent-based cleaner only on fabric
  • SW: Safe to use solvent cleaner or water for cleaning
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What is Upholstery Steam Cleaning?

Upholstery Steam Cleaning involves the use of cleaning with high temperature steam.

Upholstery cleaning is an essential part of maintaining a clean and healthy living space. Never the less, over time, upholstered furniture accumulates perspiration, dead skin cells, dirt, dust, and other contaminants that can lead to health problems and unpleasant odors.

The Institute for Hygiene & Microbiology has certified the use of high-temperature steam cleaning with 170°C steam at 8 bars of pressure as an effective method for removing perspiration, dead skin cells, mold, and bacteria from upholstery.

This method uses high heat and pressure to penetrate deep into the fibers of the upholstery. Due to this, the system enables removing of even the most stubborn stains and contaminants. Further to this, it is a chemical-free process and highly effective in removing bacteria and other microorganisms.

High-temperature steam cleaning should only be performed by certified professionals, to ensure that your upholstery is cleaned properly and safely.

Benefits of Upholstery Steam Cleaning

One of the major benefits of using high-temperature steam cleaning is that the process of disinfecting it is a chemical-free process.

Traditional upholstery cleaning methods often rely on harsh chemicals that can leave behind residue and cause damage to the upholstery.

 High-temperature steam cleaning, on the other hand, uses only water, making it safe for both people and pets.

Another benefit of high-temperature steam cleaning is that it is highly effective at disinfecting and removing bacteria and other microorganisms from upholstery.

Many types of bacteria and other microorganisms thrive in warm, humid environments, and upholstered furniture is no exception. High-temperature steam cleaning can kill these microorganisms, leaving your upholstery fresh and clean.[1]

The Institute-Approved Solution for Clean Upholstery: High-Temperature Steam Cleaning

Upholstery Cleaning process

East Coast Industro Services make us of a upholstery cleaning system that is certified by the institute for Hygiene & Microbiology. The process of high-temperature steam cleaning is simple and straightforward .

Our steam cleaning process is as follows.

  • upholstery is thoroughly vacuumed to remove any loose dirt or debris.
  • Next, a special cleaning solution is applied to the upholstery to help break down any stains or contaminants.
  • The steam cleaning machine is then used to apply high-temperature steam with hot water to the upholstery, penetrating deep into the fibers and loosening any stains or contaminants.
  • These contaminants are then extracted from the upholstery leaving an natural neutral fragrance behind

Attempting to clean upholstery with a steam cleaner that is not properly calibrated can result in damage to the upholstery or even injury.

High-temperature steam cleaning with 170°C steam at 8 bars of pressure is an effective and safe method for cleaning upholstery. Certified by The Institute for Hygiene & Microbiology, this method removes

  • perspiration,
  • dead skin cells,
  • mold
  • bacteria and pathogens
  • Dust mites

 If you are in need of upholstery cleaning, be sure to contact us ensure that your upholstery is cleaned properly and safely.

Can you remove stains from my upholstery

Yes, we can remove stains from upholstery. Our success rate has been excellent to date, however this varies depending on the type of stain and the fabric of the upholstery, but we have a high success rate in removing common stains such as wine, coffee, and pet stains. We cannot guarantee complete stain removal due to factors like the type of fabric that has been stained, the dwell time etc.

How do you deep clean sofa upholstery?

Upholstery cleaning includes vacuuming, spot cleaning, and overall cleaning using mild SABS approved detergents and a Certified Hygienically approved Steam Cleaning System . Consequently, the length of the cleaning process will vary depending on the size and condition of the upholstery, but it typically takes 2-3 hours to complete

How often should upholstery be professionally cleaned

We recommended  having upholstery professionally cleaned every 12-18 months or as needed based on the usage and visible dirt and stains. Therefore for homes with pets and children or offices, it may be necessary to have it cleaned more frequently.

Do you use environmentally friendly cleaning products for upholstery cleaning

Yes, we use environmentally friendly SABS approved cleaning products that are safe for both the upholstery, pets and the environment

What types of fabric can be cleaned with your upholstery cleaning services?

We are able to clean a wide variety of fabrics including cotton, linen, microfiber, and leather. For instance, we also have special techniques for cleaning delicate fabrics such as silk and velvet.

How long does it take for a couch to dry after upholstery cleaning?

With our system of upholstery cleaning it takes approx. 2-3 hours to dry naturally In room temperatures above 22°C .

Written by Sue

Meet Sue Naidoo, a seasoned cleaning expert and successful business owner. Her passion for empowering others with practical cleaning knowledge shines through her insightful and approachable writing. Sue’s articles make even the toughest cleaning tasks manageable, reflecting her genuine desire to help. Beyond cleaning, Sue finds solace in crocheting and caring for pets, adding warmth and relatability to her advice. Whether you’re a cleaning novice or a seasoned professional, Sue’s writings offer a wealth of knowledge and inspiration, making her a trusted voice in the industry.

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