Drapery and Upholstery Cleaning


One of the most destructive things for drapery and upholstery material is…….dust.

In most homes, the dust that settles on these items is a type of acid soot soiling.

It hides the color and beauty of the fabric and can also damage the fabric and dye.

This dust gets ground into the couch, when people sit on it..

Dust falls onto everything, in the home, hard furniture, as well as upholstered pieces. We dust the hard furniture but often ignore the fabrics.

Another damaging thing is sandy soil. Sandy soil can cut and scratch fiber (abrasion) making it limp and dull….. ugly.


I recomend regular Professional drapery and upholstery cleaning and..........................vacuuming, by the homeowner. Between the two, it can make them last years longer.

At some point, dust is sitting on the surface of the couch, waiting to be vacuumed off. Much of the permanent gray look, that a professional cleaner might not be able to remove, is ground in dust. The dust on your wood furniture, also falls onto the couch. 

Drapery fabric doesn’t get scratching or abrasion that couches get but dust makes them dull. Also they can hold a lot of allergens.

They might not smell good, either. :)


I’ve seen couches look so good after we vacuumed them; the homeowner thought we were finished!

Oily soil is not removced well, with a vacuum. People are oily. Your Professional cleaner will remove the ground in soil and oil that vacuuming won't. Don't wait too long.


Dry sponging, after vacuuming.


Dry sponges are used in fire restoration. Soot clings to them when wiped over a surface. More “Sooty Soil” left on a couch or drapes, after vacuuming, will be removed by sponging.  .

These sponges can be purchased at carpet cleaning and janitorial supply stores.


They also do a nice job on fabric lamp shades.



Between simple vacuuming and your Professional cleaner, your drapes and upholstered furniture will look good, years, longer and you will have a more allergy free environment.

While we’re talking about allergy free environments, something that can help the air, in your home, and your lungs is using a HEPA bag, if your vacuum has a bag. HEPA stands for “high efficiency particulate air” …..filter. A tightly woven material that catches really small stuff; 99.95% of everything that tries to go through it. This bag will allow very little blow back into the air, compared to non HEPA bags. This can make it healthier for you because small particles that you could have breathed in are not being blown into the air.

HEPA bags will be more expensive than regular bags. If using conventional bags, don’t allow them to get full. This can cause dust to be forced through the bag and into the air. You will "dust" your house. :)


Also, it’s a good idea to change the bag when half to two thirds full as suction could be reduced, depending on the vacuum cleaner design.


Dennis Klager




Copyright 2012 by Dennis Klager