How To Keep Your Leather Couch Clean

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: “I moved into a house with my girlfriend and was given the ultimatum, me or the couch”. What you don’t know is that the couch can easily be revived, so you can have the couch and the girlfriend.

Couches are impervious to a wide variety of stains, such as muddy dog prints, smudges and the ever-damaging wine stain. In a perfect world, couches wouldn’t stain and pet hair wouldn’t stick but that’s not how the world works. Instead, leather couches are one of the most susceptible to stains, particularly white leather. So how do you combat this problem? Regular cleaning of course!

How often should you clean your couch?

Different couches require different cleaning schedules, as do couches used at home or in a business. So first things first, you need to find out what kind of leather upholstery you have. Start this step by checking the label or written materials that came with your couch. If this doesn’t work, look up the item on either the retailers or the manufacturer’s website.

Your leather couch can be one of three types: aniline leather, semi-aniline and pull-up leather. Unsure what I mean? Read on!

Aniline Leather

Aniline leather, also known as pure aniline, full aniline or unfinished leather has a soft, luxurious feel. Made from the best quality hides, aniline is full-grain leather that has been dyed without pigments or topcoats applied, thus unprotected from staining. Aniline leather has that butter-soft feeling that stays warm in winter but cool and dry in summer. Unfortunately, as the name suggests, cleaning this type of leather can be a gruelling process, with regular cleaning recommended. To keep aniline leather clean, experts recommend dusting weekly using a soft cloth or vacuuming with a soft brush.

Clean Aniline Leather Couch

Cleaning Aniline Leather

Due to its unprotected nature, this type of leather requires extensive cleaning, with 2 to 3 cleans recommended to see a difference. Start by dividing the leather up and focusing on one panel at a time. Avoid store-bought products and stick to plain old H20, not tap however, distilled water is recommended. The myth that leather doesn’t like water is only partly true, leather doesn’t mind it. What it doesn’t like, however, is the minerals in tap water. If you use tap water over distilled water, you’ll end up with white marks and dull-looking leather.

Semi-aniline Leather

The majority of leather furniture is made with protected or finished leather. Labelled semi-aniline, aniline plus pigment or just pigmented leather, this leather is less susceptible to staining as compared to its counterpart. Whilst semi-aniline leather doesn’t feel as luxurious as aniline leather, it’s protective pigment coating shortens both cleaning time and intervals. Similar to aniline leather, experts recommend dusting weekly with a soft cloth (microfibre preferred) or vacuuming with a soft brush.

Clean Semi-Aniline Leather Couch

Cleaning Semi-aniline Leather

Thankfully, semi-aniline leather is a lot easier to clean, with everyday marks grime and dirt easily removed with a damp cloth and a very mild soap solution. Avoid harsh chemicals or brushes, as these will ruin and scratch the leather, causing the colour to fade faster. If you’ve spilt something on your couch, use a damp cloth to immediately dab off any excess liquid. Do not rub or use excess water, as water staining can occur.

Pull-up Leather

Pull-up leather is similar to aniline except for the treatment using oil or wax. Made from high-quality hides, pull-up leather has a slightly waxy or oily feel and a truly unique pull-up look. Thanks to the oil or wax treatment, this type of leather packs added protection, cutting down on maintenance and cleaning. One downside, however, is pull-up leathers ability to quickly develop scuff marks with use. Similar to both aniline and semi-aniline leather, pull-up leather requires weekly cleaning. The method, however, is different for this type, with a feather duster preferred.

Clean Pull-up Leather Couch

Cleaning Pull-up Leather

Similar to the cleaning tips mentioned for both aniline and semi-aniline leather, pull-up leather should be carefully wiped with a damp cloth. Avoid pressing too hard or wiping with too damp of a cloth. Scuff marks and signs of wear can be polished with a soft, dry cloth, as the oil or wax moves and hides slight scratches. Stain removal should be left up to the professionals, as a delicate touch combined with knowledge is required to avoid damaging the leather.

How about couches used at home as opposed to those used in the workplace? This is where cleaning intervals greatly differ.

Home Couch

Leather couches used in your home require weekly dusting with a dry cloth, along with a weekly vacuum into those crumb catching crevices. Experts recommend giving the cushions a thorough vacuum, removing them and vacuuming underneath to prevent dust and crumbs from turning into ingrained grime.

Commercial Couch

For leather couches used in Hotels, Boardrooms, Lodges and more, the usage is heavily increased, which means a more thorough clean is required. A cleaning schedule should be undertaken by an expert every 6 to 12 months.

Leather Couch Stain Removal

Whether you run a fast-paced business or laze around on your recliner, there is one simple way to combat causing undue harm to your leather couch. Rather than advising against ever spilling anything (that’s an impossible task), if you do, there are two simple steps to take.

Step 1. Blot the substance as quickly and gently as possible with a clean, dry, white cloth. This will absorb the excess liquid, and stop the spill spreading. This won’t stop the couch from staining but will lessen the impact.

Step 2. Call a leather cleaning professional. South QLD Restoration offers upholstery cleaning for all types of leather. If you’ve stained your leather couch, contact South QLD Restorations today on 1300 762 021.

Leather Couch Stain Removal

Fabric Upholstery Cleaning: DIY or Professional?

After all your movie marathons, your couch and other fabric upholstery quickly becomes the crumb collector.

You’ve noticed some food and drink stains on your furniture, and you know it needs a good clean.

So, how should you go about your fabric upholstery cleaning situation? DIY or get a professional?

There are many DIY fixes floating around and there are many ways to clean your fabric upholstery at home.

But does this give your furniture the deep clean it needs to get it back to that brand-new look?

Short answer: NO.

What Can Go Wrong with DIY Fabric Upholstery Cleaning?

Of course, we all love to save money. It’s hard not to get tempted by the DIY products available.

And sure, you can do it yourself but here is a look at some common mistakes made during DIY fabric upholstery cleaning.

Soaking Fabric in Water

Water is known as the universal cleaning solvent, which why it would make sense to clean your fabric upholstery with it, right?

But how much water is too much? Excessive water can result in colour bleeding.

Then there is the prolonged drying time. The longer your fabric upholstery stays wet, the higher the chance of mould growth. Mould is a very serious issue and will require immediate professional assistance.

Using the Wrong Cleaning Solutions

I’m sure many of you know the common DIY solutions: bi-carb soda, vinegar and bleach-based products.

These products are typically used for getting rid of those stubborn stains on your fabric upholstery.

But these products can actually cause more problems for you, such as discolouration.

Using the Wrong Cleaning Tools

Regular brush vacuuming with a store-bought product can actually causer more damage to your fabric upholstery.

Brushes with hard bristles can result in the fabric fibres getting ruined. Your upholstery fabrics need to be cared for with special attention to the fabric weave.

Why Professional Fabric Upholstering Cleaning?

Upholstery Fabric Cleaning

It’s clear there are plenty of fabric cleaning products and solutions out there, but improper upholstery cleaning can sometimes damage your furniture further.

Sometimes it’s best to just call a pro. Do you want to know why? Read below.

Safe and Healthy Environment

Vacuuming up your dirt crumbs or your furry friend’s hair from your fabric upholstery can keep the surface of your furniture looking clean.

But what about the dirt, dust and allergens that get caught deep into the fibres?

Deep cleaning with professional equipment can help remove the germs you wouldn’t be able to reach on your own.

This will create a healthier environment for you.

Prolongs the Life of Your Furniture

Do you want your fabric upholstery to last longer? That’s where the professionals come in.

Professional cleaners use the right tools and solutions that can give your furniture that fresh new look, while also extending its lifespan.

Removes Nasty Odours

It isn’t just visible stains that get trapped in your furniture, it’s visible odours too.

Odours are going to be very difficult to remove with supermarket cleaning products. How much air freshener can you really use to try and mask the musty smell coming from your fabric upholstery?

Professional fabric upholstery cleaning will remove the odours and leave your furniture not only looking great but also smelling great too. What more could you want?

Proper Drying

As mentioned previously, excess water can penetrate and damage the core of your furniture.

Professional cleaners are well aware of the amount of water to be used and the best ways to dry your fabric upholstery.

Why invest time into cleaning the upholstery yourself, when a professional can do the job for you without any hassles?

How Often Should You Get Your Fabric Upholstery Cleaned?

You should ask yourself: when was the last time you cleaned your fabric upholstery? Surprisingly, some homeowners don’t know the answer to this question.

If you belong to the group of homeowners who don’t know the answer to the above question, then it might be time to consider calling in a professional.  

Regular cleaning can help extend the life of your upholstered furniture. So, the main question now is:

How often should you get your fabric upholstery cleaned?

The answer to this question can alter depending on how often you use your furniture, or if it’s used by children and pets.

As a general answer, professional fabric upholstery cleaning should be done once or twice every year.

Leave it to the Professionals

Your fabric upholstered furniture can take a lot of wear and tear. Mucky hands and feet, food crumbs, pet hair and pollen can all turn your pristine furniture into something that isn’t very homely.

Even if you’re extra careful, accidents or muddy paw prints are just a part of life.

The best way to prevent stains on your fabric upholstery isn’t by banning food and pets from your living room altogether. Most of these issues can be easily fixed with a professional cleaning service.

While vacuuming and wiping down your fabric upholstery yourself may tackle some dirt or surface stains, keeping your furniture durable for many years requires professional attention.

Say Goodbye to Worn Out Fabric Upholstery

At South QLD Restoration, we offer high-quality upholstery cleaning services to our clients. With our professional upholstery cleaning services, we can reveal and preserve the beauty of your fabric.

If you want to extend the life of your fabric upholstery and rest easy in the comfort of your spotless, freshened fabrics, call 1300 762 021 for our help.

Upholstery Cleaning Greenbank | South Queensland Restorations

Upholstery Cleaning Greenbank

Whether it be antique or modern, upholstery on furniture is common in Australia and can be found in all sorts of living environments. However it is susceptible to tarnishing over the years, so it is often needed to be cleaned on a regular basis to restore it. Cleaning upholstery is very important if you want to change your furniture’s appearance by making it look brand new, or if you want to remove an old odour or eliminate allergens that may be hiding in the upholstery.

South Queensland Restorations was recently called to clean a lounges’ upholstery in Greenbank, that was overridden with stains and was looking very dilapidated.

The images below show what the lounge resembled before South QLD cleaned it:

Upholstery Cleaning Greenbank

Upholstery Cleaning Greenbank

In order to remove stains like this, South QLD feels that it is necessary to create a test patch in order to trial the colour fastness. When testing the effect of cleaning products on certain materials, the term colour fastness is used to describe if the colour of a material is resistant to fading or running when using cleaning solutions. If this test patch is successful, and the colour doesn’t fade or run, the lounge is able to be clean.

In this case, the test patch was successful so as a result, the next step was to pre spray the lounge with South Queensland Restorations Service’s own special cleaning solution and brush the solution into the lounge in order for the fluid to soak into the furniture. South QLD then utilised an upholstery cleaning tool to clean the lounge suite and waited 2 hours for the formula to eliminate the stains and dry.  

The image below shows how fantastic and clean the lounge looks after being cleaned by South QLD:

Upholstery Cleaning Greenbank

If you are ever in need for your upholstery to be cleaned or repaired call South Queensland Restorations. We have all the special equipment required for your upholstery to be cleaned, and use our own special solution to produce spectacular results! Our team services Brisbane and Gold Coast cities, and their surrounding suburbs from the Sunshine Coast to Tweed heads.

South Queensland Restorations also offers a wide range of other services, such as mould removal, carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and tile cleaning

Enquire online, or call either 1300 762 021 or 0400 716 182, to find out more about our upholstery cleaning services or other cleaning services

 

Pet Odour & Stain Removal From Carpet & Upholstery

Being a pet owner can be an extremely rewarding experience for the entire family. However, even the best trained pets sometimes have accidents that can leave behind stubborn stains on your carpet and an unpleasant odour. Unfortunately, this odour can waft across the house, and if works its way deep into the carpet, the smell can seem impossible to eliminate. The good news is that a professional Upholstery Cleaning in Brisbane can help by eliminating both the stains and odour.

Deep Carpet Cleaning

Professional cleaners use state-of-the-art carpet cleaning equipment that cleans deep within your carpet. These powerful machines reach areas of your carpet that a standard residential vacuum cannot clean. It will break up dirt, grime and urine marks both on and under the carpet’s surface. The deep clean will brighten the look of your carpet and restore it to like new condition.

Stain Removal

Professional carpet cleaners also use specialized stain removal solutions that will help you get rid of unwanted stains and marking without damaging the carpet. These expert cleaners know exactly what type of stain removal cleaners will work best on your carpet and how to use these products to maintain the integrity of your carpet. This powerful clean will not only remove mud and dirt stains that pets tend to leave behind, but it will safely remove urine stains from your carpet. In fact, a professional Ipswich carpet cleaning company is likely to find stains in your carpet that you did not even notice.

Deodorise

When it comes to cleaning up after your pets, deep carpet cleaning and stain removal may not be enough. You also need to have the unwanted pet odour removed. Carpet cleaners can deodorise your carpet as it is being cleaned. This will cleanse your carpet from any lingering odours that tend to penetrate throughout the house. Once done, your home will be left smelling clean and fresh, and all hints of pet odours will be gone.

Other Services

When having your carpet cleaned, do not forget to arrange your home’s area rugs and floor mats for cleaning. In fact, every carpeted area that your pet has access to should be thoroughly cleaned and deodorised. It is best to look for a professional carpet cleaning company that will also clean these smaller area rugs. If left untreated, these rugs could cause a lingering odour to remain in your home, even after the carpet cleaners are done.

Safe for Pets

Professional carpet cleaners should only use cleaning products that are safe for both kids and pets. However, it is always best to let the cleaners know that you have pets and ask them directly if all the products they use are pet-friendly. This will give you peace of mind knowing that your pets will be safe during and after your carpets are cleaned.

Many professional cleaners offer both wet and dry carpet cleaning options. You should work with your cleaning company to determine which option is best for you. South Queensland Restorations is one of the top cleaning companies in the Ipswich area. They bring with them 15 years of experience and a solid reputation for providing exceptional services. They are open seven days a week to make scheduling a cleaning appointment very convenient. Most importantly, they are both licensed and insured for both your protection and theirs.

Upholstery Cleaning a sofa from pet odours and stains