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Toll Free: 1-866-468-1107

Upholstery Care Tips

A three-step strategy  for keeping upholstered furniture looking fabulous year-round.

upholstery-upholstery1There’s  nothing like new upholstery to freshen up your décor, but how long it remains  looking crisp and clean is entirely up to you. Follow our three-prong strategy  to keeping soft furnishings looking fabulous year-round.

Step one: Preventative measures

  • Vacuums aren’t just for floors and those intimidating attachments they come  with can actually prolong the life of your furniture. Use the upholstery  attachment to vacuum soft furnishings on a weekly basis.
  • Once a month, take cushions outside and beat them by hand. This will help  prevent dust from settling into the fibers. When replacing cushions, rotate and  flip them as you would a mattress to ensure even wear.
  • Mom was on to something with the “no eating the living room” rule.  If you’ve the stamina to enforce a ban on food, drink and pets on the  furniture, you’ll avoid worry – and work – down the road. Take care with other  less obvious sources of stains, too: even newsprint inks can bleed easily onto  fabric.

Step two: First-aid for stains

  • The first rule of tending to a spill? Get to it quickly before it has time to  set. Use a blotting motion with either a paper towel or clean white cloth.  Rubbing can smudge the spill into a larger stain – an effect that upholstery  cleaning pros call “blossoming”. Work from the outside of the spot  towards the centre. Blot dry.
  • If blotting hasn’t done the trick and a cleaning solution is required, take a  moment to examine the manufacturer’s care label, usually located under the  chair seat or inside a cushion cover. Here, you’ll find instructions as to  which types of products can be used in the cleaning of the fabric: W for  water-based cleaners, S for solvents, WS for either, and X for none of the  above – in which case, vacuuming is your only option. Note that many grease or  oil-based stains (gravy, butter, cosmetics) are only treatable with dry  solvents. A good and quite safe homemade cleaner is 50% water and 50% white  vinegar with a few drops of dish soap prior to using. This mixture is only good  for an hour or so, so don’t mix up large batches. And follow the tips below.
  • Before applying a cleaning solution of any kind, it’s a good idea to test the  colourfastness of the fabric on an inconspicuous patch of the furnishing. Apply  the solution to a clean white cloth, and press against the test area firmly for  30 seconds. Examine the cloth for evidence of colour transfer. Reds & blues  are the colours of greatest concern.
  • Whether spot cleaning with a pH-balanced (neutral) detergent in a 1:20 water mixture or a commercial  dry cleaning solution, where appropriate, finish by blotting with clean water.
  • Never over wet the fabric. Applying too much water or cleaning solution can  spread the stain and saturate the padding underneath the upholstery, creating  the perfect haven for mould, mildew and bacteria – all of which are far worse  than a surface stain. Don’t try to speed up the drying time with a hot-air dryer  either. Heat merely sets the stain. Instead, merely blot the area dry.

Step three: The deep clean

Some home owners choose to remove their cushion covers and put them in the  laundry please be advised that generally this is not a good idea, but if you so  choose this remember the following;

  •  Always use cold water but even in cold water many  can shrink and deform.
  • Beware that the optical brighteners in most  laundry soaps will alter the true colour of the material – your couch body will  not match your cushions. Even with a professional cleaning after you have  washed them, the colours will still be altered.
  •  Always place damp covers back on cushions to help  reduce the chances of shrinkage and deformation. Otherwise you may not get them  back on or they will look all contorted.
  • Overall this method of cleaning it is not something  that we recommend.
  • Every 12-18 months, schedule your soft furnishings for a deep cleaning  treatment. Call us in to clean and freshen up all your upholstery. Using our  high powered truck mounts we can breathe life back into you fabric, the majority  of materials even many of code S (dry clean) can be successfully cleaned using  our low moisture tools and low pH cleaning products.

If you ever have questions please  feel free to call us or email us for advice, we are to help you, even with your  own cleaning attempts.

We serve all of St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and surrounding areas.

Amazed, delighted, 100% satisfied. The workmanship was superb. The previous company who cleaned, informed me it (ink mark) would NEVER come out. Well, Dave got that mark out & my furniture looks better now than it did when it was brand new. From our first call to book the appointment, for punctuality, friendliness, & competence, we would recommend AAA.
Yvonne & Murray Holland


Fruit: Fruit stains can be very hard to remove if they are allowed to set, but if you act quickly this method usually prevents a permanent stain. Scrape up spilled fruit, and absorb fruit juice. Mix 1 teaspoon mild detergent, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, and 1 quart warm water. Apply the solution to the spot, and let the carpet dry. If the spot remains, repeat the procedure. Vacuum gently.

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7 day spill warranty – if anything is accidentally spilt on the carpet in the first week we will return and spot clean for NO CHARGE.


30 day no spots will return – if spots return we will return to re-clean or spot as necessary.


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