If your sofa or mattress specifies ‘dry clean only’, it is important that you follow these instructions to prevent damage to your furniture. While heat and steam are associated with dry cleaning, it may be harmful to your mattress, sofa and the fabric covering it. So to prevent your sofa or mattress from getting damaged while cleaning, try this at home
First of all, remove any cushions you have on your sofa and pillows from your mattress. Then sprinkle and cover the sofa or mattress with an even layer of baking soda. Let the baking soda sit for at least 15 minutes wherein it absorbs any odors or spills.
Then using the soft brush or upholstery cleaning attachment of your vacuum cleaner, thoroughly vacuum the sofa/mattress to remove as much soil and dirt as possible. In case of mattress dry cleaning, it is important that you use the vacuum to vacuum both sides of the mattress.
Next use any good upholstery cleaning product to spray any dirty or stained areas on the mattress or sofa. Let it sit for some time, as per the instructions found on the package.
In case there are still some spills, wipe it away using a white or light-colored absorbent towel. While these clothes are usually used on clothing, you can also use them to clean your sofa or mattress. It is better to first try using the dry cleaning cloth on the corner of the sofa or mattress fabric which is not visible to the naked eye to find out how the cloth affects the fabric.
If the test corner works well, you can now use the clots to clean the entire sofa. Use as many cloths as you require to clean the entire sofa’s fabric surface and remove any soil that was not picked up by the dry cleaning cloths you had first used.
Use a clean white cloth to wipe the mattress of sofa and then let the sofa/mattress air dry in a warm location. Let the sofa/mattress dry completely before using it. If required, you can use a clean wet vac for soaking any excess water you find on the sofa/mattress.
Placing a few fans around the mattress or sofa helps hasten the drying process. It is important that you do not use any steam or heat on the sofa as it could make the mattress shrink, permanently discolor the fabric or leave the fabric permanently wrinkled.
To ensure your mattress remains clean and fresh for a longer time, make it a point to change your sheets often and regularly vacuum your mattress. Even a mattress pad protects your mattress as it’s easy to wash a mattress pad in the washer than clean a stain directly from the mattress.
Make it a point to always clean stains on sofas and mattresses as soon as possible for its easy removal and to prevent the stain from soaking into the mattress padding. Last of all, it is always better to hire a professional Singapore dry-cleaning service for the complete and thorough mattress dry cleaning, sofa dry cleaning or upholstery dry cleaning.