Things to Consider Before Choosing an Upholstery Cleaner

Uh oh! Looks like you’ve spilled something all over your beautifully upholstered furniture. Or maybe it’s just time for some routine maintenance and I’m being a little overdramatic.


Either way, you’re here because you need some help figuring out how to go about cleaning your upholstery.  Upholstery is an expensive and delicate part of a piece of furniture’s makeup, it isn’t really something the layman can clean effectively.  If you make a mistake, you risk permanently staining the upholstery or even worst ruining its structural integrity.  For this reason, you’ll have to call in some professional help. It’s not a matter of just finding the first person in the phone book that says they’ll do it for you, however. There’s a few things you need to have in mind before you settle on who is going to come clean your upholstery for you.


Get References

You have to remember that at the end of the day any upholstery cleaning service is trying to make money so what they tell you about their job record and professionalism may not be exactly the truth. It’s extremely important to get quality references, ideally from people you know, that can attest to their skill and tact in the business . A good upholstery cleaner will have a reputation they are proud to stand behind.  The internet is a great resource to find comments on how a certain company operates, so don’t forget to do your due diligence.


Deciding After A Single Phone Call

Simply calling any cleaner you can find and settling on them is far from the most ideal way of choosing who’s going to come give you a hand.  Without you even realizing it, you may have fallen victim to a few high-pressure sales tactics, and they might try and tell you that every second wasted is time your upholstery will degrade.  Take the time to figure out how long they’ve been in the business and whether or not you’re getting a distinct and easily understandable quote before they begin work.


Don’t Decide Based On Price

Having a budget and sticking to it can be a difficult task these days, but the old saying that you get what you pay for is as true as ever. Not only that, a low price doesn’t necessarily always mean you won’t end up paying a fair bit.  Some companies advertise a low initial price but there end up being hidden fees thrown around for just about everything else connected to the job, as well as the fact that some of these low-price firms are notorious for later selling expensive work that you really don’t need.  At best, they can offer cheap prices because they have low grade equipment and technicians that are okay with being paid a lower than average wage. These facts should raise red flags, all that glitters is not gold.


Finding an upholstery cleaner seems a bit harder than it should be, doesn’t it?  Well, it isn’t too difficult of a process so long as you manage to do just a pinch of research on whatever company you choose before committing to letting them inside of your home.  Most companies operate in an above-board fashion and just want to help you out, but you still have to protect yourself from the companies that don’t.