Wall2Wall Steemers uses advanced upholstery cleaning to make your sofas and furniture fresh and clean from pet stains, dirt, or any other accidents.
When it comes to upholstery, Wall2Wall Steemers is committed to making your furniture look like new again.
It is important to have clean upholstery for your home and guests especially while entertaining.
As noted with carpet cleaning, not all upholstery is the same, so not all upholstery gets cleaned the same.
It is recommended by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection and Cleaning Restoration Certification) to have your upholstery cleaned every 6 months to a year.
Having your furniture cleaned often, can ensure the removal of foreign bodies in the fabrics to reduce unwanted wear and tear over time.
Some fibers are delicate and need to be cleaned with a non-traditional method of cleaning, such as dry foam cleaning. Dry foam cleaning is a form of cleaning for upholstery that uses less moisture on the fabric to prevent water stains and browning on the fabrics.
This cleaning method is determined by the IICRC trained technician depending on condition, age, and delicacy of the fabric. Hot water extraction will always be recommended by the manufacturers to clean and restore the fibers.
However, fabrics like cotton, silk, and in some cases linen, needs to cleaned with a low moisture technique.
Types of Fabric
With over a decade of experience in upholstery cleaning, Wall2Wall Steemers are the true experts. Upholstery cleaning requires certain guidelines and procedures to make sure its cleaned right the first time. Below is a brief list of what we do for certain fabrics. Every fabric is not the same so every fabric doesn’t get cleaned the same.
Linen is a type of fabric that is tightly woven and is very durable. Lots of people believe it can’t be steamed cleaned which is an old myth. Yes, linen is sensitive to moisture which means it has to be dry cleaned with foam, and extracted with little moisture as possible. After extraction, its either flash dried with a high powered air mover or treated with a browning agent to prevent those brown lines from forming due to slow drying and wicking.
Microfiber is by far the easiest upholstery fabric to clean. Made of polyester (recycled plastic) It is tough yet colorfast safe, also its not the highest of quality. Soils can be steamed from the fibers and it dries very quickly. Most of the time the pre-vacuum will remove 80% of the soil from the fabric making pre-treatment and extraction much easier.
As mentioned with microfiber, polyesters are made from recycled plastics like coke or pepsi bottles. Since polyester is made of plastic, it loves grease. It’s important to have a good cleaning detergent to release those soils/grease from the fabric. While extracting, a high pH rinse is used to bring the fabric to a neutral pH while it dries. This is to ensure the fabric is soft, rinsed free of cleaning agents, and ready for protection.
Leather is a protein material. Meaning its made from an animal. Leather requires no extraction. Instead, a series of steps using a leather cleaning kit. The cleaning process for leather is done by hand, but in some cases a hand buffer is used to bring the polish to a shine.
Wool is another protein fabric. When cleaning wool upholstery the same rules apply as if it were a wool rug. The pH can’t go over an 8-8.5 in order to keep the color dyes from bleeding off the fabric. After pre-treatment of wool safe cleaning agents, comes extraction. Wool needs to be cleaned with cold to warm water to prevent shrinking.
Also recommended by the manufacturers and IICRC, it is important to consider re-applying the protector (Scotch Guard). During the cleaning process, the Scotch Guard is cleaned off. Scotch Guard preserves the fibers longer to increase the longevity of the upholstery.
It can also help the fibers clean up better in between cleanings. In the case of a spill or accident on the upholstery, the Scotch Guard will give the homeowner additional time to clean the area before it becomes a stubborn stain.
Does you favorite sofa or chair look dirty or worn out?
Sometimes homeowners will try to clean their own upholstery with over the counter products, which in most case does more harm than good.
Using over the counter products can lead to over saturation of soap on the fabric, resulting in sticky or browning appearance.
Give the professionals at Wall2Wall Steemers a chance to make it right with our special cleaning techniques.
Pets that love the upholstery in the home as much as the homeowners, we also offer a pet enzyme for your upholstery.
This enzyme will help with unpleasant odors whether they are urine, feces, vomit, or odors alike left behind from the pets, along with the hair and dander.
Your upholstery may be more soiled than you think. Properly cleaning of the fabrics after the pets is important to the home and air quality.