Common Upholstery Cleaning Questions

Jun 14, 2022 | Uncategorized, Upholstery Cleaning

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You may know it’s time to clean your upholstered furniture, but not be quite sure exactly how to go about it. If you’ve tried DIY upholstery cleaning, you have probably realized the results aren’t nearly as thorough or effective as you’d hoped.

Hiring professional upholstery cleaners, like Malama ‘Aina Chem-Dry, ensures your furniture is cleaned properly and lasts a lifetime. 

Looking to learn more about professional upholstery cleaning from Chem-Dry? We’ve listed some of the questions we are commonly asked along with thorough answers from our experts. Armed with this information, you’ll be able to take care of your upholstery so it’s clean, healthy, and looks its best! 

Your Upholstery Cleaning Questions Answered

How often should my upholstered furniture be cleaned?

There are several factors that determine how often your upholstery should be cleaned. The first is the manufacturer’s recommendations. Typically, manufacturers advise having upholstered furniture professionally cleaned every 24-48 months.

However, if you have kids and pets in your home, you may want to have your furniture cleaned more often. In addition, if anyone in your household has allergies or asthma, regularly cleaning your upholstery may help alleviate some of their symptoms.

You also want to pay attention to how your furniture looks. When your pieces become dull or stained and spot treatments and vacuuming aren’t enough, then it’s probably time for a professional cleaning. 

Is the process for upholstery cleaning similar to the process for carpet cleaning?

Upholstery is even more delicate than carpet, meaning it needs to be handled with care when being cleaned. Additionally, it can be damaged when excess water is used in the cleaning process.

That’s what makes our proprietary Hot Carbonating Extraction process such a great option for cleaning upholstery in Oahu. As part of this process, we use a carbonated solution that releases dirt and dust from upholstery fibers. Then, we extract these contaminants and the liquid solution to leave your furniture clean without the need for excess water or harsh scrubbing.

Why is it important to have my upholstery professionally cleaned?

Even in homes that are carpeted, upholstered furniture plays a major role in trapping dust, allergens, and other airborne particles. Because professional upholstery cleaning is so thorough, it is the right choice for your hardworking furniture.

Our professional technicians can help your upholstered furniture filter harmful contaminants from the air. Regular cleanings ensure the upholstery isn’t overwhelmed with dust and debris. Moreover, we’ll leave your upholstery looking, feeling, and smelling great, something that simply can’t be said of conventional DIY methods.

Can stains be removed from my upholstery through professional cleaning?

Yes! Our upholstery cleaning services can remove some of the toughest stains, including stains resulting from pet accidents. We use innovative processes that gently remove the root causes of stains.

Plus, we can help protect your furniture from future spills and accidents with our Protectant Package, which boosts the stain resistance of upholstered fabrics and provides a protective barrier for their delicate fibers.

How long will it take for my furniture to dry following upholstery cleaning?

Because our Hot Carbonating Extraction process does not rely on excess water usage, your furniture will dry faster with our services than with conventional cleaning techniques. For most of our clients in Oahu, their furniture dries within a matter of hours. However, for certain fabrics or particularly soiled pieces, they might need to dry overnight.

Do you have more questions about professional upholstery cleaning or want to schedule a visit with a Malama ‘Aina Chem-Dry technician? Just call (808) 371-8874 to get started!

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94-1010 Leihaku Street
Waipahu, HI 96797

Phone: (808) 371-8874



Service Area:

Serving all of Oahu, including: Honolulu, Waipahu, Pearl City, Ewa Beach, Kapolei, Mililani, Waipio, and the surrounding areas.

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Sun: 6:00 am - 11:00 pm

*Based on results of studies conducted by independent laboratories of the Chem-Dry HCE (Hot Carbonating Extraction) and P.U.R.T. (Pet Urine Removal Treatment). Allergens tested were dog and cat dander and dust mite matter. Pet odor results based on testing with the most common odor sources found in dog and cat urine. Figures are an average across multiple tests.