Q. Can you clean leather furniture?
Yes we are your premier leather cleaners in the St. Catharines area, we can clean most leather furniture and treat them with special moisturizers that keep your leather supple, preventing cracking and unnecessary aging.
Q. How often should I have my upholstery cleaned?
According to American Furniture Manufacturers Association, you should not let your upholstery get soiled to the point of a noticeable or visible change in the color of the fabric. This means that most upholstery has to be cleaned as a regular maintenance practice once every 18 to 24 months or before soil builds up and stains the fabric.
Q. Another cleaning company came out and when they saw that my couch was cotton they refused to clean it? Why? Can it not be cleaned?
Yes many companies will not, as cotton is more difficult to clean, and most are not trained or certified to clean cotton.. It is very absorbent, and readily absorbs body oils, newsprint and spills. Cotton does not clean as well, as many of the synthetic materials used, so it is vitally important to not allow your cotton upholstery to become soiled, frequent cleaning will keep it looking fresh & clean. At AAA Steam Carpet Cleaning we use specialty low pH upholstery products, with a dye setting rinse, and low moisture deep cleaning tools, followed with air drying. Improper cleaning done by the home owner or untrained cleaner, can cause permanent water marks (which may only show up in subsequent cleaning), dye bleeds or migration, and shrinkage, always call a professional.
Q. Do you clean Micro Suede?
Micro suede has become one of the most popular materials in the past 10 years. With proper cleaning and fabric setting they clean extremely well.
Q. How do you charge?
We charge by the piece. Actual true pricing can only be done once the piece has been inspected, confirming the material content, colour, number of cushions, size, and overall soiling level. Prices over the phone are only the starting price, to give a client and idea of the least they should expect to pay. All prices are given in writing prior to cleaning.
Most car cleaners also contain oils or waxes so should not be used as they leave residues on the surface of the leather which attract more dirt which eventually leads to cracking.
BABY WIPES are the worst thing you can use as they will destroy the finish on your leather. They are very strong alkaline cleaners to neutralise urine (acid) on baby’s skin so they are not the right thing to use on leather.
Saddle soap should never be used on upholstery leather or garments it is meant for saddles which are very different from todays finished leathers.
A lot of leather wipes contain chemicals which will also destroy the finish or leave residues on the leather which will damage it. They are not cheap in the long run as you would need a lot to clean. A bottle of foam cleaner should do your car about 3-4 times.
Fairy liquid contains more salt these days to get dishes clean and this will break the finish down on your leather. This has been verified by the manufacturers (as with the baby wipes).
You should also follow cleaning with a good water based leather protector which will act like a ‘scotchgard’ and inhibit dirt and stains from being absorbed and make cleaning easier the next time.
Dry leather needs rehydrating with water and oils and waxes should not be used as the natural oils do not dry out of leather. Wiping over with a damp cloth regularly will help to do this.
It is important to maintain a regular cleaning regime cleaning dirt off the surface regularly and inhibiting the absorption of body oils into the leather with a protector is the best way of doing this. The only ‘moisturizer’ a leather needs is from water.
The alternative is a brand new product on the market called Lazy Leather. This is the latest technology in cleaning and combines an effective cleaner with a protector. It is quick and easy to use and should be used as a maintenance product once your suite has been cleaned or from new if you have just bought it.
Using incorrect care products is usually the cause of deterioration in the leather as unfortunately most car care products contain waxes and oils or silicones which do not do the leather any good.