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5 Ways to Know It's TIME for Upholstery Cleaning and Repair

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Jul 7, 2021 12:00:00 AM

How to Know You Need Upholstery Cleaning and Repair

  1. There’s more pet hair on your furniture than on your pet
  2. The stink. Oh, dear, the stink
  3. *Ahem* stains, tears, and rips
  4. The sneezes are coming fast and furious
  5. A look that can be referred to as “grubby”

Your home is your castle.

At least it’s supposed to be.

But what do you do when things start to look and feel less than regal?

Your upholstered furniture is starting to look worn, it smells bad, and it has a few rips, tears, and stains. What can you do?

Here are five ways to know it’s time to take action and call in the professionals who know exactly how to handle all your upholstery cleaning and repair issues. 

Keep your home looking and smelling great, and save money on furniture replacement costs that can be avoided by giving your belongings the right kind of care.

Here’s what you need to know.

Upholstery Cleaning and Repair Indicators

1. More Pet Hair on Your Furniture Than on Your Pet

If you have a pet or you’ve visited the home of someone with an animal, you’re familiar with this situation.

Even when you try to keep your little darlings off the furniture, they often still find their way there. As does their mounds of hair.

Fluffy and Rover are super cute. But their left-behind hair is annoying and sometimes difficult to remove.

Some people make headway with a vacuum and/or a lint roller, but even their combined powers can’t get rid of all the hair.

When it comes to upholstery cleaning and repair, a professional service is the only way you can know that the hair is g-o-n-e, gone. Plus, not only is pet hair unsightly, but it can also be full of bacteria and grime that your sweet poochies carry in.

A professional upholstery cleaning service will get rid of the hair AND the other yucks that tag along with it.

Of course, unless you’ve found a new home for your pets or they’ve gone to the big kennel in the sky, you’ll need to have this deep-down cleaning done on a regular basis because the hair will come back.

2. The Stink. Oh, Dear, the Stink.

There are a lot of possible culprits when it comes to an unpleasant odor coming from your upholstered furniture.

Pets, sweaty kids, dirty kids, spilled food or drinks, regular dousing with fart spray...lots of things.

You can find remedies to rid the stink from your furniture online. There are as many homemade concoctions as there are sources of the smell. But...they won’t work the way you need them to.

Plus, there are varying types of upholstery that all act differently when exposed to the ingredients in Great Aunt Linda’s Homemade No-More-Stink Spray.

Professional cleaning technicians know the best methods of upholstery cleaning and repair for each different type of fabric so that it smells great and doesn’t suffer any damage. (No offense, Aunt Linda. Your chocolate chip cookies are to-die-for.)

3. *Ahem* Stains. And Tears. And Rips.

Two words: children, pets.

These are the two most common culprits when it comes to the need for upholstery cleaning and repair.

The mud. The sweat. The scraped knees and elbows. The hair. Ugh.

Wait, don’t forget the sharp toenails (of the pets, hopefully 😬 ) or the time you asked little Suzie to use her scissors at the table and NOT on the couch and she didn’t listen...

BUT, mom and dad may bear some of the blame, as well. (Like you’ve never splashed red wine on the furniture? C’mon…)

Let’s agree that there’s enough blame to go around and focus on the solution, though.

Just like odor-removers, there are a lot of DIY stain removers out there, too. But again, they typically don’t work and you could end up spending more money in the long run. And, as much as you may pride yourself on your sewing prowess, tackling ripped and torn furniture isn’t the best place to test your skills.

When you go with a professional upholstery cleaning and repair company to cover your needs, you don’t have to worry about the outcome. The stains are gone, the rips are fixed, and you didn’t have to lift a thing. (Other than your voice, to say, “Siri, call Hammond Knoll…”)

4. The Sneezes Are Coming Fast and Furious

Allergies are a nuisance. And when the offending allergens are coming from inside your home, it’s time to take action.

Dust mites are the guilty little buggers that cause you and the family to sneeze your heads off. Ew. They’re gross. This is an actual image of a house dust mite. ⬇️

                              house dust mite, hammond knoll

If you’re suffering from the effects of these little delights hanging around your home, you probably already know that regularly washing your bedding may help. But what most people don’t know is that your upholstered furniture could be exacerbating the problem.

And vacuuming won’t cut it. You need the specialized care that only a professional upholstery cleaning and repair company can give you. Put them on the job on a recurring basis and stop the sneezes.

5. A Look That Can Be Referred to as “Grubby”

Even if your furniture isn’t full of dust mites, dirt, or gross odors, it can still have a shabby, grungy look. (Especially lighter-colored upholstery!)

Sometimes the reason is nothing more than the everyday use taking its toll. For example, the spots where people usually sit can take on a darker look. 

At this point, you might be tempted to get a nice couch or chair cover to hide the problem. But that’s not going to do anything other than mask the real problem – upholstery that has a grubby look is more prone to collect allergens and those nasty smells you don’t want hanging around.

Can you guess what the solution is? Yep, you get a ⭐️ ! Call in the professionals to help with all of your upholstery cleaning and repair needs and feel good about your furniture again.

Don’t DIY Upholstery Cleaning and Repair

Whether your problem is pet hair, bad smells, rips, tears, and stains, allergens, or an overall grungy appearance, you don’t have to – and really shouldn’t – go it alone.

Only the professionals know the best way to handle each kind of upholstery with the best methods without ruining it or making it look worse than before, which is a danger if you do it yourself.

At Hammond Knoll, we’re proud of our skilled technicians and their ability to rehab the “darkest” upholstery cleaning and repair issues.

Get in touch today!

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