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With upholstery being one of the most expensive items that you can purchase for your home, then it makes sense to have it cleaned by a professionally trained upholstery cleaner.

As with carpet cleaning all upholstery cleaning is carried out following National Carpet Cleaners Association guidelines. This involves first determining what the material is to be cleaned, so the correct detergent can be applied, followed by a thorough vacuum. Then the detergent is lightly brushed into the upholstery to loosen any soiling. The detergent is then rinsed with the hand tool (as above) which is attached via a pipe to a powerful Ashbys extraction machine which is kept outside the house or apartment.. Finally the upholstery is toweled down to remove any surface moisture. After cleaning, the upholstery is left detergent free and chemically PH neutral to avoid rapid re-soiling.

An average 3-piece suite takes about 3 hours to clean and as with carpets drying time depends on the material being cleaned. Synthetic (man made) fibres can dry within the hour whereas natural fibres such as cotton can take a few hours.

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Pre cleaning

After an inspection to determine the composition of the fabric, the upholstery is vacuumed or brushed to remove any loose soiling. All spots or stains are then pre-treated and the appropriate detergent or detergent free solution is then sprayed on the surface and brushed in with an upholstery brush, this will loosen the soiling.


After leaving the cleaning solution to dwell for a few minutes the upholstery is rinsed using an upholstery tool attached to a Hot Water Extraction machine which is usually positioned outside the house or apartment.


The upholstery is towelled off with Terry towelling and an air mover can be used to dry the cushions as the cleaning takes place.