The following information will help you maintain the appearance and achieve the maximum life out of your furnishings.
Carpets, curtains and upholstered furniture add function and beauty to every room in your home. The choices are many with a wide variety of fibers, fabrics color and styles readily available.
General Care Tips
- Rearrange the furniture and turn cushions occasionally to ensure even wear of the cushions, fillings and fabrics.
- Vacuum upholstery, curtains and carpets often to remove dust and grit that can cause soiling and fiber abrasion.
- Take care when wearing clothing that could cause dye transfer such as jeans etc. Dye transfer on to light colored furniture can be difficult to remove.
- Protect furnishings from the sun and strong natural light as this will cause fiber degeneration and color fade. Occasionally, dyes can fade from impurities within the atmosphere such as cigarette smoke, cooking fumes etc.
- Keep pets off the furniture. Pet urine and body oil can be difficult to remove.
- Take proper care with loop, open weave and structural weave fabrics (design created in the weave) to protect against snags.
- Leading retailers recommend that you have your upholstery and furnishings professionally cleaned every 12-18 months.
- Retailers recommend that you use a specialist, qualified cleaner.
Spot removal procedures
The following information is only a guide to spot and stain treatment. For further information and guaranteed specialist cleaning and spot and stain removal, contact your local Safe clean Specialist.
Before applying any cleaning or spotting solutions, pre-test on an inconspicuous area.
- Solid type stains should be gently scraped and lifted off the surface.
- Liquid stains should be blotted up with a clean white absorbent material.
- All stains work from the outer edge to the centre of the stain.
- Avoid rubbing, over agitating or too much pressure to avoid damaging the fabric fibers.
- Apply solutions A, B, C as prescribed on the chart for each type of stain. Apply in turn using a clean white absorbent cloth, blot the recommended solution into the stain and blot dry. Follow this method for as long as the stain can be absorbed into the blotting material.
- When the stain no longer transfers to the blotting material, change to the next cleaning solution in the procedure.
- Avoid over wetting and blot the treated area as dry as possible after the application of each solution.
- To avoid causing water or ring marks, make sure that the treated area dries out evenly by feathering out the edges, or dampening the entire panel.
Fine leather is soft and luxurious making it an ideal choice for furniture. With the right care, leather improves with age, providing many years of enjoyable use. However, even the best leather requires maintaining by regular vacuuming and cleaning.
Different types of leather require different care and maintenance products. If you are uncertain about the type of leather you have, contact the store where you purchased the item.
To maintain the rich, natural look of your leather furniture, we offer some general recommendations
General leather tips
- Avoid using or placing sharp objects on leather goods. Leather is very durable, but not accident or damage proof.
- Place your furniture a minimum of two feet away from a radiator or other heat source.
- Protect your leather furniture from direct sunlight and strong natural light. Some leathers, such as full and semi aniline, will fade over time.
- Avoid air pollution such as cigar or cigarette smoke and cooking fumes, which can cause leather to fade or change color.
- Keep leather free of dust by vacuuming and dusting with a soft damp cloth, preferably once a week. Use a soft brush attachment when vacuuming leather.
- Clean leather with good quality upholstery leather cleaner, preferably once a month if the furniture is used daily, but at least four times a year. Don’t rub! Sponge gently until all the grime and stains are lifted and wipe over the surface with clean, dry white toweling to absorb the soiling.
- Treat leather with a Leather Protector or Conditioner after each cleaning, to retain its softness and attractive appearance. Take care to use the correct product for your leather, as some conditioners are not suitable for use on aniline, unbuckle or naked leathers.
- Blot spills up immediately. Use leather cleaner to remove the spill. Please note: Many common household-cleaning products can cause severe damage and costly repairs.
Tips For Pet Odor Removal
If you are a pet owner, chances are that you will have to contend with pet odor at some point in time. Sometimes you can solve the problem by yourself. If not, you will need professional assistance.
Step 1: Identify the source of the pet odor
This seems like an easy task, right? But when you look for the pet stain, it might not be visible to you. Because pet odors don’t automatically mean they are accompanied by an easily visible stain.
One way to find a spot is to actually get down on your hands and knees and sniff your way to the offensive odor. If this is inconvenient, there is a better method. Pet urine contains salts that are visible under black light. You can buy a cheap black light (for about ten bucks). Turn out all the lights in the room and close all curtains. Then you turn on the black light and start searching the carpet. Pet stain will shine when the black light is pointed at them.
Step 2: Treat the odor
Now that you’ve identified the spot you can start treating it-but it might not be so easy. That’s because urine sometimes soaks not only into the carpet, but all the way through to the backing, the padding, and sometimes even the floor beneath.
If this is the case, you cannot simply wipe the spot away. You will have to take a trip to the pet store and buy an enzyme spotter. This enzyme solution will actually eat the proteins in the urine that the bacteria are feeding on. That’s the key, because it’s the bacteria that causes the odor. This protein eating process could take several days until the odor is gone.