Benefits of Professional House Cleaning

Domestic house cleaning is something we all have to fit into our busy schedules, and even if it’s possible to keep the house looking reasonably clean with the minimum of routine house cleaning, eventually it’s time to call in the chem dry experts to take care of those cleaning jobs there never seems to be time for. This is particularly true for upholstery cleaning, which tends to get overlooked until suddenly we realize that the sofa and chairs are looking shabby and neglected. Modern upholstery fabrics are generally designed to be hard-wearing and most of us opt for synthetic fabrics that resist stains and fading and generally stand up to a lot of traffic, but even these will benefit from the attention of professional domestic house cleaning available from a reputable company such as chem dry. The technological development of man-made fibres, which began in 1910 with the first commercial production of rayon, has increased rapidly since the 1950’s and 60’s, and there are new microfibres which are finer than actual silk. The best synthetics mimic natural fabrics and are usually more economical as well as easier to clean; many are used in combination with natural fibres. Polyester, rayon, nylon, acrylic and acetate are popular man-made fabrics used in upholstery, although in our eco-conscious times, fabrics derived from plant fibres are becoming more popular. Cotton and linen provide a high level of comfort in upholstery; like silk and wool, they are breathable and have a high degree of absorbency, and can be dyed in a great range of colours.

When we are in need of something beyond our usual house cleaning efforts, and are arranging some upholstery cleaning as part of some much-needed domestic house cleaning, it’s easy to forget that the comfortable upholstered furniture we enjoy today has not always been widely available. Just over 300 years ago an upholsterer was referred to as an “upholder”, someone responsible for mending furniture, and usually he would work with a cabinet-maker. The first upholstered chairs and sofas placed much more emphasis on the appearance of the carved wooden frame, and materials used as stuffing in chairs were things like grass or straw, sawdust, or horsehair. As furniture design evolved to become more elegant with more graceful shapes, new stitching techniques were invented to make life easier for the upholsterer. By Victorian times there was a demand for comfortable chairs and sofas, so gradually the overstuffed style was replaced with sprung upholstery.

Just as everything about domestic house cleaning and upholstery cleaning has changed since the Victorian era, our modern, more practical mass-produced sofas and chairs have springs that are made as a unit, plus foam and top covers stitched by machine. Now we have the luxury of sofas that are upholstered in textiles that may look every bit as fine as their original Victorian versions: damask, tapestry, velvet, taffeta or silk. Genuine silk is still used for some exclusive upholstered furniture, and is making a comeback, along with other natural fabrics such as wool and cotton, as the demand for ‘Green’ furnishings grows. Fortunately domestic house cleaning experts from chem dry know all about cleaning silk upholstery, whether it is real silk, a synthetic, or a blended fabric.