Kombi Carpet Cleaning
If you think you can clean fabrics because you are an expert carpet cleaner you will be right about half the time. Those are the times that you are cleaning olefin, nylon, polyester and acrylic. The rest of the time you will be cleaning cotton, linen, rayon and even a little silk. If you aren’t cautious you will have a living room full of furniture that doesn’t match. Let’s look at the risks of fabric cleaning, real ones and a few that fall in the category of urban legends…
Upholstery, if not cleaned by a truly professional and fully-trained operator can shrink, colour-run, bleach, dye, fray or have the pile set the wrong way. In fact, there are even more issues that can arise and that is why we carry out testing before cleaning your sofa, suite or settee!
It is vital that testing is carried out on all upholstery before cleaning to determine any future potential hazards when cleaning. Hazards like:
Old time cleaners remember browning from the days of jute backed carpet. Today’s carpet has synthetic backing and cannot brown. Fabric is the flip-side of carpet. A high percentage of fabric being sold today is made from cotton or a cotton blend and a small percentage of linen. Both materials are cellulose and are prone to browning in the presence of water and accelerated by alkalinity. Throw in some rayon and you have many opportunities for browning. Understanding the chemistry of fabric cleaning can prevent browning.
Synthetic carpet rarely bleeds. Fabric, on the other hand, can bleed when you least expect it. Alkalinity, heat and water all play a part in bleeding. Pretesting, inspection and chemistry can prevent bleeding.
Once again synthetic material rarely shrinks. Not the case with cotton. Just look at all those cotton t-shirts in your drawer. This can be prevented with pretesting, inspection and close attention to drying.
Colour loss –
This is very prevalent in polished cotton or chintz fabrics. The pattern is screen printed and not very durable. When the piece is heavily soiled the printed design is obscured by soil. Over a period of time agitation in conjunction with soiling and poor maintenance, the pattern disappears. The unsuspecting cleaner removes the soil and is blamed for removing the pattern. Pre-inspection and communication can prevent this problem.
Haitian Cotton –
If you listen closely you can hear the anguished cries of the cleaners who have suffered the tragedy of Haitian Cotton. Today real Haitian Cotton (not synthetic look a likes) is harder to find than Waldo. Canvas and Haitian Cotton are processed less than another cotton. What do these all have in common? They all can be prevented. If you are ready to become a Fabric Specialist, turn the page.
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Why Choose Us?
If you are wondering why you should book us to clean your upholstery, here’s a reminder:
All of our sofa cleaning operators are trained by the largest fabric cleaning training company in the UK
As a responsible upholstery cleaning company, we are insured for every eventuality during cleaning
All staff have had a years worth of training and on-the-job experience before we let them work in your home