The Importance of Cleaning Upholstery04/19/2014 Back To Blog
Upholstery and its background
Before the addition of cloth to furniture, we had simple pieces of wood, which were quite uncomfortable. With time, we realized that it was best if we covered it with some type of cushioning. It was when upholstery was added to wooden furniture. It usually covers the part of the chair on which we sit and the back of it. Little by little, upholstery got more and more complex.
Upholstery has a long story behind it. The typical example is the throne of a king. We can all picture a king sitting on a throne with a red covering and golden linings. The use of fabric to cover household items, especially chairs, used to represent a degree of social status. The more expensive your cloth was, the higher your status used to be.
An upholstery-cleaner became a necessity given the fact that it wasn’t all that simple to clean such pieces of cloth. If you have really antique furniture and it has still its fabric covering, then you should try to avoid cleaning it yourself. For example, there are companies that dedicate their work to cleaning these kinds of furniture. Antique furniture should be given its corresponding care and be preserved as well as it is possible.
As for modern upholstery, maybe you would prefer to clean it yourself. Your cushions and sofas most probably have something that covers the structure. Cleaning it might get a little bit tedious. Some stains and spots just don’t seem to go away. The daily use of these articles tends to wear them off and subsequently damage them. If you decide to do so, the first thing to do is to check the label that specifies which kind of material you should use to clean the cloth. Some are cleaned with water, other solvent, or both. The rest require professional work because of their fragility. For leather upholstery there are special appliances that will ensure the long lasting of the thing it is covering. Leather being a quite susceptible material to scratches needs to be checked and repaired every once in a while.
Ranging from very antique upholstery to a car’s leather seats, we can say that all of it requires its treatment, since we need to keep a hygiene level as well as a good aesthetic of our property.