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Upholsteries are of different types but what remains constant is that they all need cleaning at one point or another. Some fabric can be cleaned only by water, while others require dry-cleaning solvents, and others can do either. The best thing to do is to identify the type of upholstery you have before you find the right cleaning solutions. Dry cleaning is considered the safest method of cleaning upholstery marked with the letter ‘S.’ Most people consider hiring a dry clean upholstery cleaner to do the dry cleaning. Still, with the right guide and the discipline to follow instructions consistently, there is no reason you should not be able to do it by yourself and keep the money. Here is how.

Gather your dry-cleaning supplies and equipment

First of all, you need to gather the necessary upholstery dry cleaning necessities. If possible, you could create a checklist to tick everything available and what needs to be purchased. The most readily available dry-cleaning supplies are the water-based solvents, but in this case, you need a dry-cleaning solvent.

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Prepare the cleaning space

Now that you have all your supplies and equipment ready, it is only wise that you prepare the space you will use. Dry cleaning solvents are made out of chemicals, and most of them have a strong smell, so you should do the cleaning in a well-ventilated area. If possible, you can do it outside where there is a good circulation of fresh air.

How to dry clean

Vacuum Before anything else, you need to vacuum your upholstery first thoroughly, specifically at the stained area. Vacuuming is essential as it removes all the dust and loose dirt allowing for easy cleaning.

Test the cleaning reagent

If you have not used the dry-cleaning solvent before, you should test it on an inconspicuous surface before you use it for cleaning. The discrete area could either be under a cushion or at the back bottom of the couch. If it bleaches, spots the upholstery, or does not remove the stain, find a new dry-cleaning solvent that works from the store or consult a dry clean upholstery cleaner.

Appy the dry-cleaning soviet on the upholstery

Now that you have the right solvent using a white cloth to apply the solvent on the stained area. Blot the stained surface with the solvent to mix well with the dirt and soak more in-depth into the fabric. Be sure to keep blotting the area rather than rubbing but be careful not to saturate it with the solvent.

Keep checking the stain as you blot

The solvent is supposed to clean off the stain, but this does not happen immediately. It would be best if you kept blotting for as long as possible. However, give yourself intervals of blotting, for example, ten minutes, and keep checking how much stain is left.

Clean the solvent off

Once all the stain is washed off, you need to clean off the solvent from the upholstery. Since you are dry cleaning, you cannot pour water on the upholstery to rinse off the solvent. Use a clean cloth that is slightly damp to wick up all the solvent on the upholstery until it dries completely.

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Remember, a dry clean only. Some upholstery consists of a very delicate fabric, and messing up a small surface could destroy the nice look of the entire upholstery. If possible, consult with a dry clean upholstery cleaner for a better understanding of instruction.

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