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How Often Should You Call for an Upholstery Cleaning?


Whether you want to admit it or not, the upholstery in your home takes a beating. It is also the centerpiece during football season, so people are often eating and dropping crumbs on it as well. If you require upholstery cleaning, Steamway Carpet Cleaning is ready to help!

How to Know When You Need Upholstery Cleaning

If your answer to all of this abuse it to take out a vacuum and run the hose over your furniture, then you need to be aware that you are only slightly helping. There are several tests you can perform to find out if your living room needs a professional upholstery cleaning. Be forewarned that it is best to do this either long before or long after you have eaten as nausea may result.

The first test you can do involves taking a take a clean, white cotton towel and rubbing it over the back and arms of both your sofa and love seat, as well as any other upholstered furniture you think may need an upholstery cleaning. If the cloth turns grey and has smudges, your upholstery should be cleaned sooner rather than later.

After you throw the towel in the wash, for further evidence that the cushions you curl up on each night need to be cleaned, attach a black piece of fabric to the end of your a vacuum cleaner hose with a rubber band. Then, turn on the vacuum and run the hose across every surface of the couch or chair. If the fabric collects white debris, this is another indication that your upholstery needs to be cleaned. Furthermore, if you, or a loved one, is suffering from allergies, this could be the culprit as what was picked up was dust and pet dander.

When to Schedule Upholstery Cleaning

Coupled with these tests, is the time factor. Even if you do not perform either of the above tests, and even if your furniture is barely used, it is best to schedule an upholstery cleaning for at least once a year. This will help to keep dirt and grime to a minimum in your home as dust and pet dander gets into the air and can land anywhere, even in the sitting room where no one goes.

If your furniture is in a high traffic area, meaning that it is sat on regularly by the entire family, including children and pets, then an upholstery cleaning should be done even more frequently, and may need to be done three or four times a year in order to keep your home fresh and clean and your furniture looking new. If you believe that it is time for you to schedule an upholstery cleaning and are in the El Paso area, call Steamway Carpet Cleaning before the color of the fabric changes. They can also handle stains with ease.