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Is DIY or Professional Furniture Cleaning Best?
When it comes to cleaning furniture, you may often wonder if you’re getting enough of a deep clean. Most manufacturers recommended getting your furniture professionally cleaned every one to two years, depending on how much you use it.
Here are some considerations when deciding whether to do it yourself or call a pro.
Furniture cleaning equipment
One of the main reasons to hire a professional is because of the equipment they bring in, which you may not have access to. Professional cleaning companies put a lot of research and training into the process they use, which could make professional services a worthwhile investment for you.
While some may choose to rent equipment, they should ensure that the machine they are renting is in good shape. Otherwise, they may not get a good enough clean and could even damage their furniture.
Risks of DIY upholstery cleaning
If you have a fairly new or fairly valuable piece of furniture, it may not be worth the risk to try to clean it on your own. Different materials require different types of cleaners. To avoid damage, make absolutely sure you have the correct cleaner before you get started.
If you decide to do it yourself, test an inconspicuous area of your furniture before starting to clean the entire piece.
Sufficient time to clean the furniture
With so many other obligations in your schedule, you may find it worth your time to hire somebody rather than choosing to DIY. To help reach your conclusion, weigh the cost of a furniture cleaning against how long a DIY furniture cleaning job would take. Much like calling in a housekeeper, some people find it worth the cost simply to hire a professional cleaner. Not to mention, the level of expertise that professional cleaners will bring to your furniture is something to consider.
Furniture care tips
To help protect your furniture from spills and wear and tear, use the fabric arm caps on your couch to protect the arms and regularly rotate the cushions. Regularly vacuum your furniture as you would your carpet, paying more attention to areas prone to pets, kids or lots of foot traffic in general.
Prevent stains from happening by addressing spills immediately. If using a cleaning solution, be sure to use one that’s appropriate for your furniture’s material. Again, test ahead of time in an inconspicuous place and carefully follow the instructions on the label.
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Sometimes your furniture will just need a little extra care, no matter how much elbow grease you put into it yourself. Does your upholstery need professional cleaning? Contact us at J and R’s today!