NEWS FROM ACE

Caring for your Upholstery

Just by regularly vacuuming your upholstery you're prolonging its life! This simple step removes the tiny bits of dust, food and dirt that can cause wear. If the debris remains on the upholstery, the fabric looks dingy and it can cause premature wear.

Other steps you may consider in caring for your upholstery include:

Cover headrests and armrests to protect the upholstery from body soils. 

If cushions are reversible, turn them over from time to time to prevent sagging and even out the wear.

Direct sunlight will fade your upholstery. If there's no way to keep the piece out of direct sunlight, try rearranging the room periodically. 

If you just purchased your new upholstered piece, it's probably been treated with stain protectors. If the fabric was not treated, consider a professional application. These protectors will eventually wear off, so a protector should be reapplied every few years.

Do-It-Yourself Carpet-Cleaning 

Ideally, your carpet should be professionally cleaned. We at ACE recognize that many people alternate between cleaning the carpet themselves and hiring a professional. 

There are three common ways do-it-yourselfers (and inexperienced "pros") damage carpets:

 
Over-shampooing
Over-wetting
Placing certain types of furniture back on the wet carpet -- and leaving a stain!

Over-shampooing occurs when either too much shampoo is used or the carpet is not thoroughly rinsed.  Over time, the build-up of soapy residue can be impossible to clean out, leaving a carpet that is a dirt magnet.

Over-wetting occurs when too much water soaks into the bottom of the carpet. When this happens, some carpets will shrink and tear themselves up from the floor. If the backing and pad gets really soaked, it is very difficult to dry them and you risk mold and mildew hazards.

Stains caused by furniture coming into contact with wet carpeting is another common problem. Many kinds of wood furniture will release some of the dyes in their stain if left in contact with a wet surface. Also metal can rust, leaving a rust stain in the carpet.

Don't hesitate to call ACE if you have any problems after cleaning your carpet yourself! We are happy to offer suggestions to help you out!

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