Do you remember the last time your couch, chairs, or seat cushions were cleaned? If it’s not within the past couple of years, it might be time to have your upholstery cleaned. Over time, or after your home has experienced water or smoke damage, upholstered items show signs of wear and tear and can harbor allergens like mold and fungi. ServiceMaster of Baltimore can help clean office furniture and the items in your home to keep your space clean, professional, and refreshing.
When to Clean Furniture
Upholstered items should be cleaned regularly as you notice visible dirt, but there are other indicators for special circumstances when it’s time to clean them.
- After smoke damage or flooding: Even if a fire occurred in another area of the home, particles can spread via the HVAC system and absorb into soft surfaces. Any piece of furniture that was in a flooded area likely needs to be thrown away, but there are some cases where it can be saved. There are different cleaning protocols used depending on the type of cleaning to be performed.
- If you notice unusual odors: If you’ve thoroughly cleaned your home and still notice an odor when you sit on the couch, you may be sitting on the problem. Upholstered furniture often has a layer of padding underneath the top layer that can absorb odors, which is difficult to clean with regular surface-level cleaners. You might be surprised at the huge difference a clean sofa makes in your home!
- Annual cleaning to maintain the fabric: Soft surfaces are magnets for dirt, oils, hair, and anything else they come into contact with. If you usually sit in the same spot, you might notice a darker area on the sofa or chair. This discoloration is a buildup of dirt such as dead skin cells, household dust, pet dander, and anything else in your home.
Can I Clean Upholstery On My Own or Call A Professional Upholstery Cleaner?
Many items can be cleaned on your own according to the fabric care instructions. However, you’ll need to be careful to minimize the amount of water used to prevent mold and mildew, and many home cleaning tools do not work well on larger items. Spot cleaning using a carpet cleaning attachment can work on small messes or spills, but many households and offices are not equipped with the cleaning tools necessary to achieve a full-scale cleaning. If you know you have several pieces of furniture to clean, or a difficult fabric to maintain, it’s probably time to call a professional upholstery cleaner.
Large Furniture Cleaning in Baltimore
For best results, it’s best to call the professionals to clean large furniture. There are specific low-water cleaning protocols to reduce mold and mildew and allow the furniture to dry faster. Plus, our equipment is designed to clean deeply and efficiently. We are IICRC certified to help you restore your furniture to its pre-loss state and recommend the best course of action after a loss or mess.
Call ServiceMaster of Baltimore today at 410-780-1700 to learn more about our professional furniture cleaning services!