1. We look at the condition of the furniture: Are there any torn areas, does the furniture have a broken spring, leg. We can make recommendations to have the furniture repaired prior to cleaning.
2. Age of furniture: We look at the content of cushions. If the furniture is an antique then the content may be raw cotton, and we know from experience has adherent cleaning problems.
3. Determine fiber content: we determine if the fiber is, cotton, rayon, synthetic, silk or a blend of many.
4. We look at the weave: is it velvet, chanel, corduroy, loose weave or tight weave.
5. Dye stability: wet test to see if the dyes are stable or do they run when come in contact with water.
6. Condition: We examine the fabric to see if it has or has not been regularly cleaned or if it is heavily soiled. We find that sometimes the oils from a person's hands, on the arms of the furniture is the only thing holding the fabric together and cleaning and remove the oil and soil will cause the fabric to separate, ruining the fabric.
7. Customers expectations: Finally we find out what your expectations are of the customer and determine if we can meet or exceed their expectations. If we feel we can, we accept the job, if we feel we can't we decline the job.
1. Vacuum weekly.
2. Have furniture professionally cleaned twice a year in heavily-used rooms and lightly-used one time per year.
3. Have fabric protection applied to all furniture. When properly applied, it will make it considerably easy to clean and will extend the life of your furniture.
1. Always buy protected leather. Finished leather is very easy to clean. In fact you can clean it with a damp sponge. Good Housekeeping says to use 10 parts water to 2 parts glycerin based soap , such as "liquid neutrogenia" mixed together and apply with a damp cloth.
For unfinished leather, it can only be dusted or vacuumed. This leather stains very easily .
One way to tell the difference in finished and unfinished leather is, when you go to the furniture showroom, asked the salesperson for a sample of leather you can take home. Then with the samples take your fingernail and scratch the leather. If it leaves a light mark, it's unfinished. Also take the sample and touch it with a damp sponge. If the water darkens the leather. It is unfinished . Stay away from unfinished leather .
2. Look at cleaning code. Buy only fabric that has a cleaning code if "w " or "ws", but stay away from "s" or "d ". If unsure, call us and we will help you.
If the furniture does not have a cleaning code, stay away from fabric that stains when water is applied. Haitian cotton, silk, rayon or a blend of any of them. If unsure call us. We will look before you buy.
3. Dye of fabric. As a rule, reds are bleeders. If it is synthetic fabric, it is generally not a problem. If unsure, take a white terry cloth towel that is damp with water and lightly rub the colors. If you see any dye transfer. Don't buy it! If you need any help, call us. I am here for you.