5 Tips for Better Steam Cleaning of Upholstery and Furniture

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Steam cleaning can be a fantastic way to really get deep into furniture to ensure it’s clean. It lifts the dirt and filth and ensures that furniture is truly clean. So, how do you make the most of it.


1. Make Sure To Vacuum First

We have a tendency to sleep, sit, drink and put our feet up on our favorite upholstery and fabric. What that means is they endure many scuffs, marks, spills and lots of dust build-up over time. One of the best ways of cleaning the accumulated surface dirt is to use a good vacuum on all of your upholstery first.

To do this, your regular vacuum cleaner attachments and hose can be used. Attach your upholstery tool or brush to agitate the dirt to achieve effective results. If you prefer to add some glamour to the process of cleaning your upholstery, what you can do is purchase a handheld vacuum cleaner. They are quite handy due to the fact that they are cordless, and are excellent to use for quick jobs, instead of having to unwind the cord on your vacuum cleaner and then get tools attached in order to do a quick cleaning job.

With either a handheld or traditional vacuum cleaner, there is also the option of getting a machine that has a TurboTool with it. It works really well to clean upholstery since the powered brush rotates so that dust and dirt are agitated to produce results that are spotless. Here are some of the best.

Best Tip: Whenever you are vacuuming the sofa, be sure that you lift up the cushions if you can, and vacuum underneath as well since the more dust that is vacuumed up, the easier your job will be when you are steaming cleaning the upholstery.


2. Do It Yourself

It is very popular these days to hire a steam cleaner. However, you can also do it yourself and save yourself a lot of hassle. In addition, you never know what was cleaned with the rented steam cleaner or who used it before you. There are choices in steam cleaners that are available for you to use – look at these reviews here. In terms of price, they range from ordinary floor mops up to multi functional machines. To clean surfaces above your floors and upholstery, your best bet is to buy a multi functional or 2-in-1 handheld model. To make the cleaning job even easier, they come with tools and hoses.


3. Pay Close Attention To Stained Areas

Your foot stool, curtains or sofa might have some stained area. Those are the areas that you need to concentrate on the most.

Start with filling the required amounts of steam cleaning solution and water into your steam cleaner. The upholstery attachment on the steam cleaner needs to be attached next and then the cleaner's strength needs to be adjusted to the appropriate setting. Be sure not to have too high of a stream pressure level, or your upholstery will be left too wet.

After the correct amounts of steam cleaning solution and water have been added and the right tool has been attached, turn the steam cleaner on and start the cleaning process. If there are any stained areas remaining, the steam cleaning process should be repeated.

Once all of the necessary preparations have been made, you are now ready for your upholstery to be steam cleaned.


4. Time For Steam Cleaning The Upholstery

Use the upholstery attachment on your steam cleaner and apply the cleaning solution and steamed water to your furniture using even, long strokes. When this step is being performed, be sure to clean one section of your furniture before moving onto the next. To clean the cushions, take them out of the piece of furniture you are cleaning and then steam clean the back and front sides of them. If the cushions don't detach, clean them the same way you do other parts of your furniture so that they will have a brand new appearance.


5. Don't stop yet!

Think about what else can be steam cleaned. You can also clean your clothes, suits, duvets, mattresses, curtains, sofa and whatever else you can think of. Steam cleaning is very effective when it comes to kill dust mites in upholstery, bedding and carpet in addition to getting rid of stains and odors.

After your upholstery has been successfully steam cleaned, you will need to led your newly cleaned furniture dry completely before sitting on or using it. This won't take very long. Usually it is just a matter of a few minutes before you can enjoy relaxing on your newly cleaned upholstery.
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