Over the course of a Cape summer, the upholstery in your home can take a real beating.
Kids and pets are constantly on the move, tracking in dirt from outside. Windows and doors are more likely to be left open, letting in dust, insects and air pollutants. Smoke and ash from the Cape’s frequent fires – and even from neighbourhood braais – can also add to the pollution.
At Chelsea Cleaning, we specialise in cleaning all kinds of upholstery, as well as carpets, curtains and mattresses.
Upholstery cleaning at your premises
Our team can make a time that suits you to clean the upholstery on sofas, couches, lounge suites, chairs, office chairs, futons and other furniture in your home.
All Chelsea Cleaning personnel wear uniforms and are friendly, properly trained and trustworthy. Many of our staff have worked for Chelsea Cleaning for more than a decade, and some have been with us for over 20 years. We’re a loyal, close-knit bunch and know our business well.
Cleaning of loose covers at our factory
If you have loose sofa or couch covers, we’re happy to arrange to collect these. Alternatively, you could opt to drop them off at our factory in Wynberg, Cape Town. We’ll then clean them professionally, package them in plastic and return them to your premises.
Our upholstery cleaning process
We start by giving upholstery a thorough vacuum. We then apply specialised stain removal formula to heavily soiled areas, to remove stains.
It’s vital to use an appropriate formula for the type of upholstery fabric involved, to avoid causing damage or further staining. Some upholstery is sensitive even to water and can be permanently marked if treated incorrectly.
Next we steam clean the upholstery using an emulsion cleaner. Our well-maintained industrial cleaners are designed to deep-clean upholstery fabric, loosening and removing embedded dirt and killing any mould, bacteria, dust mites and other pests.
Finally, we vacuum again and leave the upholstery to air dry, to prevent shrinkage or discolouration.
Treating upholstery to prevent future staining
Once the upholstery cleaning process is complete, we can extend the life of upholstery and help prevent future staining and damage by applying blockout fabric protector.
Keeping upholstery clean
In between professional cleans, it’s a good idea to vacuum upholstery regularly to remove dust, pet hair and dander and other pollutants.
Lift up cushions and vacuum under and behind them, as well as along their seams.
It’s also a good idea to brush any dust and debris out from the spaces between and behind cushions. Otherwise the dirt may accumulate and become a favoured haunt for fleas and other unwanted pests.
We don’t generally recommend DIY attempts to deep-clean upholstery because of the high risk of staining or discolouration. If you do plan to use any form of spray or liquid treatment, always spot test an inconspicuous part of the upholstery fabric before going ahead.