People have enough trouble cleaning furniture within their homes so they can only imagine what commercial cleaning services must tackle. Cleaning professionals must know how to restore leather and fabric covered furniture to its original condition without damaging the pieces during the cleaning process. Considering all the different cleaning codes used within the furniture industry, this is no easy task. Building managers rely on the expertise of cleaning professionals to keep facility furnishings looking great.
Fabric upholstery is prone to spots and stains so it must be cleaned regularly to maintain an attractive appearance. Commercial Cleaners Must Crack Upholstery Cleaning Codes and know that thorough fabric cleaning begins with vacuuming. This removes the dust and dirt that could create additional spots if not removed. An upholstery attachment is used to get into furniture crevices and cracks and vacuum cushions completely. In commercial environments where pets are present, such as veterinary offices, they vacuum up as much pet hair as possible.
If the cleaning service is called to handle a fresh spill on upholstery, it will blot the spill with a white cloth to prevent the stain from spreading and setting. The upholstery must then be cleaned, which is when things get complicated. The type of upholstery cleaner to use depends on the type of fabric and the type of stain or spill.
There are many types of upholstery fabrics including wool, cotton, linen, acrylic, silk, and acetate and some upholstery is a blend of fabrics. In addition, upholstery age and whether the fabric has been dyed can determine which cleaning process is best. Cleaners first read the tags on the upholstery to see if this indicates the cleaning process to use. A “W” code means to clean with a water-based detergent, while “S” means to use a water-free product like dry cleaning solvent.
Some upholstery has a “WS” code, which means that the type of stain determines whether a water-free or water-based cleaner should be used. Any upholstery with an “X” code must be professionally cleaned. This leads building managers to contact a cleaning service rather than having their in-house janitorial services handle the job.
If the upholstery tag has been removed from the furniture, the cleaning professional must rely on experience to clean the item correctly. Cleaners who have handled upholstery spots and stains for years know the proper way to clean different types of fabric without looking at the upholstery tags. These are the individuals who should be cleaning your building furniture.