Tips & Tricks/12.14.22

Low Moisture Upholstery Cleaning

Throughout the holiday season and afterward, customers will want to have the spills and extra soil from gatherings and parties removed from their upholstery.

To decide which cleaning process to use, answer these basic cleaning questions:

  • What is the fiber?
  • What is the soil load?
  • What are the clients’ expectations?

If the soil loads are light without major dye stains or spots and spills, low moisture cleaning can be used to suspend the minimal amount of soil on the fabric.

Low moisture cleaning can be accomplished in many ways, eg, dry foam cleaning or even dry cleaning. But in many cases a “towel” clean or bonnet clean will deliver enough cleaning solution to the fiber and suspend the light soils without many of the concerns related to water-cleaning upholstery.

Low Moisture Process:

  1. Dry vacuum upholstery (this removes a lot of soils in their dry form).
  2. Dilute 4 oz. of Prochem Fine Fabric Pre-Spray into 1 gallon of water in a bucket.
  3. Dip a clean white towel into the solution until saturated, wring out excess solution.
  4. Fold towel in half, and then half again (this gives you 8 cleaning areas on each towel).
  5. Lightly wipe the fabric surface as if you were wiping a counter.
  6. When the towel area becomes soiled, flip the towel over or unfold to a clean section and start again.

Low moisture cleaning is a great way to maintain the appearance of the upholstery without concerns of bleeding or browning in most cases.

It’s similar to low moisture cleaning of carpet – just as you wouldn’t try to do low moisture cleaning on a severely soiled restaurant carpet, you wouldn’t use low moisture on a heavily soiled piece of upholstery that needs restoration cleaning.

For more tips on cleaning upholstery , check out our YouTube channel and look for our 6-part YouTube Upholstery Cleaning Series, Cleaning With Confidence.

Watch for more upholstery cleaning articles in upcoming Legend Brands Tips & Tricks.

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