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A Guide To Cleaning Different Upholstery Fabrics

Posted on December 21, 2022

There are a lot of different types of upholstery fabrics out there, and you might be unclear on how to safely clean yours. Here’s a guide on how some of the most common types of upholstery are cleaned.


Acetate is a relatively fragile synthetic material. While it’s resistant to things like moisture and mold, you can only clean it through dry cleaning. This is because it can’t handle other rigorous cleaning methods. It’s unfortunately not very resistant to staining, so find a trusted dry cleaner.


Acrylic is a robust synthetic material that’s known for being stain-resistant. Your main concern is the fact that it’s vulnerable to high heat, meaning it can’t be steam cleaned by a Rancho Santa Margarita cleaning professional. Outside of that, it’s fairly resistant to moisture and overall very durable, so using a trusted cleaning agent and some cold water should do the trick.


Cotton, while common and versatile, is unfortunately very easy to stain. It’s known for being able to be dyed well, after all, and that’s kind of a double-edged sword. Fortunately, hiring a steam cleaning company in Rancho Santa Margarita will help get your stains out.


Leather is durable and water-resistant. Generally, all you need to clean it is to wipe it down. That said, if you have a special grade of leather, you might need to use specific cleaning products.


Linen is resistant to mold and mildew, so you don’t need to worry about that, but it does stain quite easily. It can sometimes be thrown in the wash, although if the heat setting is too high it will shrink. Try cleaning it at 86 degrees or less and set a slow cycle.


Olefin is very durable, being resistant to stains, mold, and mildew. You can clean it with bleach without causing the color to fade. Unfortunately, it is prone to oil-based stains. It can be steam cleaned, but it can melt if the heat is too high, so it’s best left up to a professional Rancho Santa Margarita steam cleaning service.


Polyester is easy to clean and tends to dry quickly, making it a fantastic candidate for Rancho Santa Margarita steam cleaning services. It’s generally fairly stain-resistant, so most of the time you’ll probably only need some dish soap and water.


Rayon is resistant to mold, but it’s not resistant to water. It’s generally very difficult to give it a good upholstery cleaning in Rancho Santa Margarita. Yours may be dry-clean only. Regardless, it probably came with special instructions that may be on the tag.


Silk is, of course, known for its fragility. Only have your silk dry-cleaned – try not to hand-wash any stains out.


Velvet is fancy and nice, but also very difficult to clean, being similar to and sometimes made from silk. You should generally only have a professional dry clean your velvet upholstery.


Wool is durable in many ways – it’s water-resistant and fire-resistant, and you’re unlikely to ever have a mold problem there. Water can be wiped away easily, but beware of spilling any other liquid onto its surface. Stains are very difficult to get out of wool. In general, you can only have wool dry-cleaned.

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