If you want your sofa looking great for longer, wash your hair more often, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il. In previous generations, oil, and in particular men's hair oil, meant the backs of chairs quickly became soiled and grimy. Even those linen or crocheted protectors on the backs of upholstered chairs only delay rather than prevent grease stains. Today, frequent hair washing and resisting leaning back in your seat if you are wearing hair gel or wax styling products minimizes the problem. Moreover, eating TV dinners and snack foods are bad news for your chairs and sofas. The more you eat in front of the TV, the greater your risk of causing a big-time stain. Use TV tables and napkins to help protect your furniture.
If you have a washable couch with fixed covers, use a water-extraction carpet cleaner or spot clean stains as they occur. It is very important not to get sofas or chairs too wet. Fabrics such as cotton and linen are washable, but they're often stretched across a wood or a wood-chip frame. If water seeps down below the surface of the fabric, mould may form deep inside the sofa because it never gets the chance to dry out. To prevent the fabric from getting too wet, concentrate on getting the cleaning solution, rather than the water, into it. Mix up upholstery shampoo as instructed on the package, then use only the foam to clean. Scoop up the bubbles and work these into the fabric with a soft brush. Rinse by using a slightly damp towel. Then take off the exceess moisture by blotting dry towels over the sofa. Finally, turn up the temperature in the room to aid drying, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il. The above recommendations are in the " Cleaing and Stain Removal for Dummies" book by Gill Chilton.