Upholstery Cleaning

Most people don’t realize just how soiled their upholstered furniture is… and just how much contaminated dirt, dust mite feces, pollution, and grunge sits in the cushions.

HOW DOES FURNITURE GET DIRTY AND WHY DOESN’T IT SEEM TO SHOW?
DUST is the #1 enemy of upholstered furniture. Gritty matter blows in through open doors and windows especially in Bakersfield, and impregnates itself on your furniture cushions and back. Then when you sit on the cushion the oils from your skin compress the dirt into the fabric where it’s almost impossible to remove with just vacuum cleaning.

The abrasive action of the grit pressing into the fiber CUTS the fibers like a knife – that’s why your furniture wears out. Then combine this with pollens, food crumbs, dust mites and their nasty fecal pellets… your furniture is literally awash with soil within a short span of just a year (with an average family). If you have pets and kids your furniture needs to be cleaned thoroughly at least once a year.

BACTERIA AND GERMS are the result of soils that are not removed from furniture on a regular basis. The byproduct of decaying living materials decomposing is a foul smell that characterizes furniture that has not been cleaned regularly.

WHY DOESN’T DIRT SHOW? 
Because today’s fabrics are designed to HIDE dirt with patterns and colors. But just because it doesn’t show doesn’t mean it’s not there.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE MY FURNITURE CLEANED?
If you’re a retired couple and live in your home 6 months a year… probably every 2 or 3 years. If you have an active family with 3 – 5 kids and pets, we suggest at LEAST twice a year.

WHY PROFESSIONAL CLEANING?
Because Professional Cleaning companies like QMS use special cleaning agents that sanitize and remove soil from your fabric furniture with 230 degree hot water and professional cleaning products, tools, and techniques.

MANY FABRICS ARE DELICATE.
If you try spot cleaning furniture you can RUIN it by not getting it evenly wet. We have seen many instances of damage done to furniture by clients who’ve tried to clean it themselves.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Most furniture cleaning is done by the linear foot but factors such as soil conditions and the difficulty of the piece affect the price. To get a quote, call QMS at 661-364-9407.

IS PROTECTANT NECESSARY?
You benefit by having us apply our Fiberseal protectant any time we clean your carpets, rugs, and furniture. Our protectant makes it more difficult for spills, spots, and stains to PENETRATE to the interior of the fibers (where they cause permanent color change). The protectant keeps messes on the surface where they can be more easily cleaned.

Some fabrics have protectant applied during the manufacturing process. The protectants degrade over time with use and cleaning and must be “refreshed” from time to time.


                  
If You’re Wondering if Your Furniture Would Benefit from a 
Thorough Professional Cleaning, Try These 4 Simple Tests.

TEST #1: THE “SLAP” TEST – surface dust

Place a bright light over the top of one of your sofa cushions and using a stick (like a paint mixing stick or a wooden spoon) whack the cushion 2 – 3 times. Observe the amount of dust that is released into the air. If you see a cloud of dust your furniture needs to be cleaned.

TEST #2: THE BLACK CLOTH TEST – embedded particulate 
Use your vacuum cleaner attachment nozzle and take a piece of thin black cloth and rubber band it to the end of the vacuum hose – let it drape into the hose a little way. Put the upholstery tool on the end of the hose. Now turn the vacuum on and run it across the top of the cushion. Take off the upholstery tool and observe all the dead skin, dander, and other particles. If you see the accumulation of fine particles, you need Professional Cleaning.

TEST #3: THE WHITE TOWEL TEST – protein soils
Take a small amount of Windex and spray it on a white terry cloth towel. Now go and briskly scrub it across one of your seat cushions or arm covers. Look at the towel. Any questions?

TEST #4: THE SNIFF TEST – malodors
Completely exhale. Place your nose 3” above the seat cushions and waft the surface air into your nose using one hand in a fanning motion. Do you notice any odors? Soil accumulations foster bacterial growth that feed on the contaminants and creatures living in the fibers of your furniture fabrics. If your furniture smells funky it’s an indication that it should be Professionally Cleaned as soon as possible.

FOR A FREE FURNITURE “AUDIT”, CALL QMS at 661-364-9407.

If it’s more than a year old, the accumulated soil and biological matter is enough to feed an entire dust mite colony!