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Tips on upholstery cleaning and maintenance

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Upholstery is a breeding ground for dust mites and bugs. Regular and methodical cleaning techniques keep upholstered furniture hygienic and in good condition for years.

The first step in upholstery cleaning and maintenance is to vacuum or brush off dirt, small debris and dust to prevent these from being embedded into the fibers.

Next is to identify the correct cleaning technique for the kind of material used in the furniture. Leather requires gentle care and its regular maintenance involves steam cleaning or cleaning with products made of wax and oil. Synthetic fibers (nylon, acrylic, polyester) are tougher, but check the label first for proper cleaning instructions. Cloth upholstery can be cleaned either with a water-based product or a water-free solution.

Remember to give prompt attention to spills. Dab the affected area with tissue and quickly clean with a mild cleaning agent. Mild vinegar is suitable for removing gentle stains. Tough stains can come off with basic detergent, while spot stains can be removed with wipes.

In the harsh climatic conditions of the UAE, upholstery can undergo wear and tear due to exposure to sunlight and air-conditioner. Rotate the furniture at least once a month to ensure even usage. Regularly fluff pillows and cushions to retain their shape.

Once a year, get thorough cleaning by professionals who employ intensive methods like steam cleaning, dry cleaning and shampoo as per your upholstery needs.

Handy Hints
• Upholstery cleaning should be done regularly
• Professional cleaning is recommended yearly
• Periodic furniture rotation ensures even usage

Source: Zenifer Khaleel, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer