Have a close look at the image above- what do you see?
What we see is the result of putting washable colours through using a standard (probably Bio) laundry detergent. So, what is in our laundry detergent?
A quick Google brings up the following:
Laundry detergents may contain builders (50% by weight, approximately), surfactants (15%), bleach (7%), enzymes (2%), soil antideposition agents, foam regulators, corrosion inhibitors, optical brighteners, dye transfer inhibitors, fragrances, dyes, fillers and formulation aids.
In other words, a chemical assault force brought together to attack the huge range of potential soil types a typical household wash might present. Of course, if you use an eco-friendly detergent, there will be considerably less of the harsher agents at work. Even so, if you wash your removable cushion covers with any frequency, over time the colours will fade. There is not a way for you to clean the frame at the same time, so the difference in colour worsens.
Why go Eco?
Obviously, eco-friendly solutions contain none of the harsh ingredients listed above.
But it goes further than that. The formulations we use work from a completely different chemical approach. They actively breakdown soils, greases & contaminants and sanitise the fabric/carpet they are applied to. After they have depleted & done their work, they are readily free-rinsing, meaning your soft furnishings stay cleaner for longer.
When we dispose of the waste water from the clean, we know that we are not placing anything into the watercourse that will disrupt the eco-systems it eventually finds its way into.
From a personal perspective, I know that when we use these products there is no risk of damage to my skin or lungs from prolonged exposure .
Why have a professional clean?
Coming back to the original image, this client could have used a much gentler laundry detergent. This would definitely have limited the amount of bleaching we see. So, what are the benefits of having a professional trained upholstery technician?
I’ll make a list:
- We will pre-test your fabric. This will ensure that the correct type of clean takes place with no danger of damage.
- We will clean the entire body & cushions of your upholstery at the same time.
- We will use a wide range of techniques that we have spent time & money acquiring in order to specify the right type of clean to get an optimal result for you.
- We have professional grade machines to ensure we can recover as much water as possible. This isn’t to say that fabric will be dry after we’ve finished, but we will do everything we can to accelerate the process.
- We are insured!
If you have any questions or would like to enquire about having your sofa or upholstery cleaned, feel free to get in touch.