Cleaning upholstery can be a difficult job, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right tools, it is possible to clean upholstery in minutes and without any backbreaking labor! This blog post will teach you how to use a steam cleaner on your upholstered furniture so that you can get the best results for your home or office.
For more information about how you can clean your upholstery with a steam cleaner, continue reading this post!
What is a steam cleaner, and how does it work?
A steam cleaner is a cleaning device that uses heated water to generate steam. It is a convenient and inexpensive way for anyone to get the job done quickly without worrying about how much elbow grease you put into your work!
Steam cleaners work by using water heated to a much higher temperature than boiling point. The heat vaporizes the liquid and creates an intense amount of pressure that is used as steam. This makes items easier to clean than with traditional ‘soap and water’ approaches.
The benefits of using a steam cleaner are many: it can disinfect an area with just one pass; this method doesn’t leave any residue. Steam cleaners can be both portable or stationary, but whichever one you choose, it will provide excellent results on any surface!
Cleaning upholstery with a steam cleaner
Before cleaning, the area should be vacuumed to remove debris and other particles that can be pushed deeper into the upholstery. This will result in a more effective clean of the fabric.
To clean the upholstery effectively with a steam cleaner, there are several points to remember. Be careful not to get too close, and keep in mind how hot the surface will become afterward. Please do not leave the steamer too close to the fabric for too long, as it may become damaged.
When it’s time to clean upholstery with a steam cleaner, the process is quick and straightforward. Fill your steamer’s reservoir with water and cleanser and wait for it to heat up before using it on the fabric surface.
Put a container with upholstery cleaner in the machine and fill it with water to operate. Make sure you don’t fill it too full. It can cause too much water and steam to be released on your fabrics, which will over saturate them. You will also need to add the correct attachment for upholstery. This may be a stationary brush, revolving brush, or a cloth, depending on the model you have.
When cleaning upholstery with a steam cleaner, it is essential not to over-soap the fabric. It can be easily washed and rinsed out if you do, but trying to re-wash that same spot will prove much more difficult.
When working with fabrics like upholstery, don’t forget about your attachments! Using special small brushes available for most models, you can loosen up the dirt and scrub away spills.
If the piece of furniture you are steam cleaning has removable linens, start by washing them first. Take the handheld steam cleaner or hose with a fitting and spray the surface with water from this tool. There should be a button that releases the moisture onto the fabric when it comes in contact with it. Drag this over wet areas to suction up excess fluid and any dirt left behind by the disposable tool. Repeat over these surfaces until they are clean enough for your liking.
To clean the fabric on your furniture, you will need to do it in sections. That way, when you add water, there won’t be too much for the first area, which can cause water damage. Move from section to section until all of your upholstery is clean.
Once the fabric has been steam cleaned, allow it to dry. The length of time it takes to clean the upholstery will depend on the climate when you do it and how humid the steam was. To speed up the drying process, use fans, open windows and blow dryers to prevent mold formation.
Pros and cons of using a steamer for upholstery cleaning
The benefits of using a steam cleaner for upholstery are that it can clean fabric without harsh chemicals. It also doesn’t require dry time and is an environmentally friendly option because you’re not adding chemicals to your environment.
The downside is that there’s no guarantee how well steaming will work on all fabrics, so you might need some spot treatment or chemical agent afterward. Most fresh stains should be removed easily, but older stains can be more challenging to remove.
What other items can be cleaned with your steamer?
Steamers can also be used to clean carpets, tiles, and even hardwood floors. The same process is often repeated for each surface type, with a few changes made depending on the fabric texture and composition of the surfaces.
You can clean kitchen floors by applying a cleaning solution to the floor and letting it sit for 15-20 minutes before scrubbing away any dirt or grease that has been loosened with the steamer.
You can clean carpets by vacuuming first, then steaming over stains with a carpet attachment.
The only difference when cleaning hardwood floors and carpet is that you need to use a lower temperature for hardwood floors to prevent any damage.
Steam cleaners are valuable tools to have in your home and can be used to clean a wide variety of surfaces.