Thorough couch cleaning by a certified professional should be done every one to two years to ensure the furniture stays in excellent condition. Soil, food particles, pet dander and other debris can create stains, discoloration, odors and a breeding ground for microbes. If left alone, bacteria and molds can infest the furniture and create health problems or an allergic response for people in the home. A technician certified in the field can also restore the furniture to its previous look and color.
Depending on what the couch is made of will determine how the furniture is treated. Upholstery and leather sofas are the most common, but they require much different approaches to treat properly. Upholstery couch cleaning is fairly basic and normally starts with a deep vacuuming of the furniture. When all of the loose soil is removed from the furniture, the technician will provide deeper treatment through steam or encapsulation technology. Both forms of treatment remove soil that has penetrated deeply into the furniture. Because sofas are regularly exposed to a lot of weight, various particles are pushed deep into the furniture. Removing these should be the aim of treatment. Fortunately, both steam and encapsulation treatments are effective at uprooting and removing this material. The result is upholstery that looks, feels, and smells better. It will also be less likely to harbor harmful mold or bacteria.
Leather couch cleaning requires a different approach, primarily because leather is more fragile. Certified professionals will first remove any loose soil or dirt before proceeding with more intensive methods. If dry soil is not removed beforehand, it may permanently scratch or score the leather. Unlike upholstery, leather is better at keeping particles from penetrating deeply, so surface treatment is normally the focus. A technician will wash the surface of the leather using gentle detergents or chemicals and water, and may follow up with restorative oils. Leather is dried animal hide, so it can benefit from the regular application of special oils or conditioners to keep it supple.
Certified professionals should always be hired to treat furniture because upholstery and leather offer unique complications. Contaminants can penetrate deep into upholstery and are generally impossible to remove without professional equipment. Certified technicians are also able to eliminate stains and odors without using harsh chemicals that may discolor the furniture. Leather sofas require even more care and should not be treated by anyone without experience in this area. Leather will quickly discolor or deteriorate if exposed to harsh chemicals and can often act unpredictably. Because it is made from natural animal hide, not all pieces of leather furniture will react the same to all detergents and conditioners.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC, is considered to be the foremost authority on upholstery and leather treatment. Through the IICRC, professionals in the industry can attain certification in this area of expertise. Armed with the IICRC’s knowledge and methods, certified technicians have in depth knowledge about the best technologies and treatment methods in the industry. King’s Cleaning Services is proud to be among those certified firms with certified and trained technicians.