How to Steam-Clean your Furniture

Steam cleaning is one of the best method to clean your household as well as office furniture. Here is procedure and technique to steam clean upholstery.
If you have spent a fortune on buying the best furniture and upholstery, you also need to look for ways to maintain it. You may argue that a weekly vacuuming is one of the most effective ways to clean and maintain your furniture. However, vacuuming may not help clean the dust mites set deep inside the furniture. In that case, you may wonder how to deep clean furniture at home. Well, in this case, steam cleaning is the best of the methods known. Steam cleaning is one of the most popular methods of cleaning furniture all over the world.

Steam Cleaning

There are several advantages of using steam cleaner for furniture. Firstly, as mentioned above, it is one of the best methods of deep cleaning furniture. Secondly, the steam cleaner (the instrument or the equipment) is easy and safe to use. All you need to add some water and proceed according to the manufacturer's instructions. Thirdly, this upholstery cleaning equipment is not only useful for cleaning the dust and the dirt stuck in between the furniture parts, but it is also used to actually kill the dust mites that thrive in the upholstery. The suction like facility found in steam cleaner helps in getting rid of all the excess water from the furniture and dry clean it. You can either rent a steam cleaner from any of the stores selling furniture cleaning products; or invest in one which will last for a long time.

Tips to Steam-Clean Furniture

You will need a steam cleaner, steam cleaning solution, a vacuum cleaner, manufacturer's cleaning solution, a cloth, steam cleaner user's guide, etc. in order to steam clean upholstered furniture.
  • Firstly, you need to clean / vacuum the furniture thoroughly before going for steam cleaning.
  • Now you can make use of the manufacturer's or recommended cleaning products or solution to clean the upholstery and any stains on it. You need to follow the procedure mentioned in the guide of using this cleaning solution.
  • After the furniture is dried, you can start with your steam cleaner. Add water and steam cleaning solution in measures mentioned in the user's guide. You can also check the attachments that you can use for the kind of upholstery that you are about to clean.
  • Once you are done with the attachments, you can start the cleaning process. Steam cleaning should be done in long and regular strokes. It is advisable to go for a single section of furniture at a time, clean it completely and only then proceed for the next.
  • Detachable pieces of furniture, cushions, etc. should be detached and clean individually from all sides.
  • If there are heavily stained areas, you can repeat the process of steam cleaning once you are done with the entire cleaning.
  • You can either let your furniture dry naturally (which will definitely take a longer time) or dry it using a wet/dry vacuum (which will take only a few minutes). The wet/dry vacuum cleaning should also be done in long and regular strokes.
I hope, you found this method easy to understand and follow. Lastly, note that steam cleaning furniture regularly will definitely make it appear brand new and also enhance its durability. Good luck!
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