Important Terms about Furniture Cleaning
Most people are aware of the need to have their carpet cleaned periodically, but furniture has similar maintenance demands. It has a tendency to collect dirt and stains, and these should be carefully removed before they cause permanent damage. Fortunately, there are professional services available for cleaning a wide range of furniture, whether it's made of wood, leather, or other materials. Sofas, couches, chairs can be professionally cleaned. If you're new to the world of furniture cleaning, there may be some common terms that are unfamiliar to you, so below we'll define some of them.
Upholstery - The various materials used in padding and covering furniture. Cushions, springs, and pillows are all considered upholstery. Antique upholstery should be cleaned only with extreme care.
Steam cleaner - A appliance that uses steam to loosen dirt and kill bacteria. It can kill odors in places where conventional vacuuming cannot. Steam cleaners can be used on a variety of surfaces, including furniture.
Dry cleaning - Cleaning with the use of a special chemical solvent, rather than water-based methods.
Dry soil - The layer of dirt particles that tends to accumulate on furniture. Aside from being unsightly, it can damage wood, leather, and antique furniture.
Cleaning code - The codes printed on furniture tags that indicate the preferred method of cleaning. A "W" means the material should be treated with a water-based cleaner. An "S" means it should be treated with a solvent-based cleaner. A "WS" indicates a combination of the first two methods. An “X” indicates the material should be only vacuumed or brushed, not cleaned.
Microfiber - Extremely fine but durable synthetic fibers sometimes used in furniture upholstery. Microfiber is lightweight, easy to clean, and resistant to stains.