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Question DetailsAsked on 2/16/2012

What type of cleaning is best for upholstery?

cotton upholstery with down stuffing.

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Having owned a carpet cleaning business for thirty years I think I can handle this one. If you are saying that your fabric is cotton then you need to be very careful. Cotton as a natural fiber is very succesptable to what we call browning which is like water marks on your upholstery. When we clean cotton upholstery we need to use solutions made just for that purpose. Without going into the entire science of this I would suggest one of two things-

Call a professional carpet cleaner and be very picky who you choose. Ask them lots of questions such as, how would they clean cotton upholstery, do they have any sort of guarantee, ask them to explain breifly the science behind cleaning cotton upholstery. If they don't seem to really know find someone else. It is very easy to mess up natural fiber upholstery.

The other option is going to your local carpet cleaning supply store and asking them what you could use. Ask to speak to an expert on this not the genral sales clerk. I would highly recommend that you hire the professional. Just to tricky. After 30 years we still get nervous when cleaning cotton.

Answered 8 years ago by tarmar


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