Upholstery cleaning chemicals are hypoallergenic due to the increased contact with skin. Products used on upholstery must always be tested. Do this by diluting the chemical at the dilution you would use to clean the entire fabric. Look for bleeding, crocking, and color transfer while testing. Check the threading and piping for any abnormalities or different colors.
Open up the cushions at the zipper and look for any magic marker used to mark cushions. Common symbols on tags for upholstery are X - vacuum only, S - Solvent only, W - wet clean, and S/W - solvent or wet clean. Keep in mind that sometimes these symbols refer to the padding and not the fabric. This is why testing is always recommended.
Using protectors on upholstery
If the fabric is wet-cleanable, you can use any water-based protector (always test first), but dry solvents will penetrate the fibers better and protect better against oils.
Tips for Correcting Common Problems Found in Wet-Cleaned Upholstery
Always test material for colorfastness, follow label directions and never mix product unless specified in the label directions. Each situation reacts differently and results may vary.
Target is ideal for removing alkalines and tannin stains, such as coffee, tea, urine, perfume, and others. This acid-side spotter can also be used for correcting browning, dye reversal, and setting fugitive dyes. It is also excellent for removing ice melt residue.
3M Scotchgard Fabric Protector repels water and spills, making cleanup quick and easy. Great for furniture, clothing and upholstered items. One can protects one average-sized sofa or 2 chairs.
Hair and body oils, food, beverages, pet hair, pet odors, and cigarette smoke can make upholstery very hard to clean. But Outset Upholstery Pre-Spray does an exceptional job of dissolving these tough upholstery soils.
Impression has been formulated to withstand extreme heat, so it works with the hot water to remove the soils, hair, and body oils that were broken down during pre-treatment and lift them away. Upholstery is left clean and residue free.
Just as the name implies, Matrix Complete Rinse is a product you can use with complete confidence on ALL carpets and wet-cleanable upholstery, including commercial, residential, and yes, even wool! It eliminates dirt and cleaning solution residues, leaving carpet and upholstery looking its best.
Rust Eradicator’s amazing formula eliminates even the toughest rust stains quickly and effectively. Plus, it's so easy to use.
The EZ Spot Portable Spotting Extractor is ideal for spot removal or quick touch-ups between regular carpet cleanings in homes or offices. Plus, this model includes a 600-watt heater to really help you power through tough spots. If you perform auto detailing, this is a must-have tool!
Chemspec Heavy Duty Soil Lifter makes an effective pre-spray for upholstery, draperies, and carpet. Use it with either wet or dry cleaning methods. This one product can perform ALL textile pre-spraying needs.
Protect carpet and upholstery from spots and spills with America's most well-known brand: 3M Scotchgard! Each bottle offers classic 1:4 dilution strength and hooks right into a PowerForce, Hydro-Force, or other sprayer. Each RTU gallon covers 200 sq ft.