Victoria BC ~ Upholstery Cleaning: Common question: “Do you clean upholstery fabric the same as you clean carpets?"

Misconception: “Carpet cleaning techniques and chemistry is the same for upholstery cleaning.”

Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, most serious problems we hear of or even try to help others correct is many times the result of carpet cleaning techniques used to clean upholstery. Let me explain why. Carpet cleaning chemistry to a large degree is designed to clean synthetic fibers, subject to ground in soiling from the shoes. Carpet is also much thicker than upholstered fabrics. Therefore many carpet cleaners are aggressive in their approach to cleaning. In fact, you have probably heard of some of the mistakes cleaners make by leaving their carpets wet two and three days at a time. While not healthy, carpet can survive that.

On the other hand, upholstery is not as forgiving as carpet is. The biggest difference is, most upholstery is blended with natural fibers, like cotton, linen, wool or silk. And that’s good because natural fibers are more comfortable against our skin since they breathe better. However, natural fabrics are prone to more problems than synthetics are if improperly cleaned or the wrong cleaning solution is used. For example, yellowing or browning of the fabric can occur or shrinkage can result. Also, fabric appearance could be altered, even colors seriously affected, to name just a few problems.

Beyond a doubt, upholstery cleaning chemistry and cleaning techniques should be different.  Upholstery should be cleaned with a low moisture technique and be dry within one to six hours.  Also, it is vital to leave the fabric as close to the neutral state as possible.  Remember your hair care products will say, pH balanced?  You are rinsing out the shampoo in your hair and leaving it neutral or soap free.  That’s a similar comparison with proper upholstery cleaning.  We use these proper cleaning techniques with all the delicate fabrics we clean such as cotton, wool, velvets, silk and many more.

Testimonials for Victoria Carpet Care

Excellent to work with.  I had a carpet that I thought I would have to replace but Russ got the dirt out! Would highly recommend ~ Pat B

Victoria carpet care are not only carpet cleaners but experts in the care of your carpets and furniture !!!! Bravo Victoria Carpet Care! ~ Sandra F

The best carpet cleaner in the city!! ~ Chris W

Russ ... I am so pleased with the job you did! The change is just downright remarkable. I'm just so happy. Thank you so very much. ~ Karen D

As usual, you did another great job on my carpets. With my muddy dog, and my spilling things all the time, that carpet does get used, but you always make it look brand new. Thanks again. Ruth ~ Ruth S

Super happy with the cleaning job yesterday! Harvey the French bulldog was impressed, as you got out stains the last 2 carpet cleaners we used couldn't. We will see you again in the spring.  ~ Michael J

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