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Cleaning the Nations Carpets and Upholstery

IICRC Upholstery Cleaning Procedures

STEP 1 - Inspection:

Fabrics are inspected to determine whether there are signs of weakness from age, usage or environmental exposure. A check is made to the extent possible to ensure that there are no manufacture markings on the inside of the fabric or cushions which might bleed. Tests will be made to see whether fabric has been pre-shrunk or materials are not colourfast.

STEP 2 - Dye Testing:
Upholstery fabric will be pre-tested in an inconspicuous area to ensure that the selected cleaning method will not cause any damage to colours, fibres or the fabric. Any potential problem is brought to the customers attention prior to cleaning.

STEP 3 - Dry Soil Removal:
Vacuuming with a high efficiency vacuum cleaning is carried out to remove dry particulate soil before the application of any wet solutions.

STEP 4 - Preconditioning:
Where there are signs of specific deep soilage a preconditioning agent will be applied to achieve best soil suspension possible. If it is that the fabric cannot be treated with a water based solution a suitable alternative will be used.

STEP 5 - Shampoo:
The upholstery is gently massaged with a sponge to dispense the cleaning solution throughout the fabric and agitate the fibres to improve soil release and suspension. With some fabrics this may be done with a brush or a towel.

STEP 6 - Soil Removal:
A number of methods are used to remove soil including absorption and rinse extraction. This will remove the preconditioning and cleaning agents and suspended soils along with any sticky residues, which in turn helps to prevent re-soiling.

STEP 7 - Post-spot Treatment:
If any spots are not removed during the cleaning process, specialty spotting techniques are employed. There may be a charge for this service if there are a number of specific stains which require attention. Note: Permanent stains identified by our technician may not be removed.

STEP 8 - Post Grooming
Pile Fabrics are groomed or set to enhance their appearance and remove any cleaning lines.

STEP 9 - Fan Drying:
A fan is used to provide proper ventilation and air movement to assist with the efficient drying of the upholstery and enable the furniture to be returned into use within the minimum down-time.

STEP 10 - Application of Fabric Protection:
After cleaning it is recommended that a fabric protector is applied. An invisible barrier is created which minimises stain penetration and soil adhesion and stain penetration and allows for most spillages to be removed.