suites is more awkward than difficult so following a set order
will be helpful in making sure that no bits are missed and that
everything is cleaned for the best possible result.
The illustration and
table below shows and explains the procedure you should
follow for best results.
6 Steps to Cleaning Suites
Cushions are a good place to
start as the next time you put them back on the
suite hopefully the whole thing will be clean.
treat all the stains you see using the stain
treatments in the stain
section making sure you add only a little of
the stain treatment. Use a medium brush and tamp
in then lightly scrub the area you've treated.
Then apply plain water and vacuum this off using
the hand tool. Once this is done start cleaning
the whole cushion by placing the tool at one of
the corners and pulling it towards you follow
the edge of the cushion while dispensing and
sucking up the liquid with the appliance. Once
you've reached the end go back to the top and
repeat the process in a line next to the first
sure you slightly overlap each run of the tool
otherwise you may miss a section that could show
when the suite has dries. After you finish the
side you're working on make a try to judge if
the side is clean enough and if you don't think
so then turn the cushion 1/4 turn and repeat the process at right angles to
your original direction. If you still don't
think it's clean enough let it dry and treat
again but this time first spray the cushion
lightly with a general cleaner designed for
carpets and suites, brush it in and then repeat
the above process.
Remember to do
the sides and the underside of the cushion, otherwise you'll only
be doing part of the job, in exactly the same way as described
Sometimes the cushions you sit on can become
very soiled and this in turn may push dirt
through to the cushion filling. Once wet the
material acts like a wick and slowly seeps dirt
to the surface from inside the cushion. If you
believed that your cushion was clean but when
dry it still looks very dirty this has probably
happened. If you can, remove the inside of the
cushion and clean again, otherwise clean again
using as little water as possible and repeat
until you have a satisfactory result.
The Top Edge
the top of the sofa is dirty spray it with a general cleaner or
spotter and treat any other stains you see. Then using the hand
tool firstly lift the tool off the fabric and spray a portion
parallel with the top and then suck the liquid off using the
vacuum. The reason for doing it this way is that the tops are
often so thin that the tool will not fit running lengthways and
if you sprayed and vacuumed at the same time you would probably
miss some of the top.
Both Faces of the Back Panel
run along the back of the settee spraying and vacuuming parallel
to the top, overlapping each run slightly as shown on the
cushions. Then working vertically from behind the sofa pull up
from the seat to the top both adding liquid and vacuuming,
moving from one side to the other one width of the vacuum tool
at a time.
Arms and Sides
The arms of a sofa are often the most
soiled portions. You're therefore likely to have to
treat these before you clean. A good solution to spray
on is a 1:4 mix of household ammonia and water. Spray
liberally and then scrub in with a soft brush.
Next spray and vacuum the arms in sections
as you see illustrated by the blue lines, in the
direction of the red arrow. Go as far down as the seat
once you're sure the arms are coming clean. Then do the
sides the same way as illustrated.
Front of the Side Panel
is perhaps the most awkward part of a settee to clean because
it's often shaped so that a hand tool just won't both vacuum and
spray. The way around this problem is to hold the hand tool
about 4" away from the fabric and spray the liquid onto it.
Scrub it in lightly with a soft brush and then vacuum away
angling the head of the vacuum to get as much liquid off as
Seat Base and Front Panel
seat base is simply a case of progressing from one side of the
sofa to the other in bands that slightly overlap. If there are
any stains treat them first but the most likely areas for
staining are in between the cushions where something might slip
down. The front panel at the bottom of the sofa can have scuff
marks from shoes or splashes from anything dropped on the floor.
Treat these first then work with the hand tool parallel to the
ground stripe by stripe, slightly overlapping each pass.