There are four methods to clean upholstered items: foam, dry, with cold water extraction, or with hot water extraction (also known as steam cleaning).
The type of fabric your item is upholstered in, its age, its soiling condition, and the last date when it has been professionally cleaned will determine the most suitable cleaning method to employ. Thorough hoovering of the fabric is a mandatory step: we use a high-pressure hoover fitted to our machines, which will get rid of loose dirt and dust from the fabric of your upholstery.
If the fabric is dry clean only, we use foam or a dry compound on it, we then agitate it to make sure it gets ingrained into the fibres, and then we hoover it back along with the dirt which gets attracted into it. If the fabric is cleanable with water, we use large, industrial machines to inject water along with chemicals into the fibres of the upholstery item.
If the fabric is wool or linen, we will use Woolsafe-approved chemicals and water at up to 30 degrees Celsius; if, however, the fabric is synthetic or cotton, we will use hot water and steam along with different types of chemicals for different types of fabrics. So the fabric of your upholstery will ultimately determine the cleaning method, chemicals, machines, and techniques to use.