9 Step Upholstery Cleaning Process

Don’t let just anyone clean your sensitive fabrics! Roto-Static is experienced in cleaning the finest upholstered furniture. The following steps will be taken in cleaning your upholstery…

Step 1 Fabric Inspection

A visual inspection of the fabric and construction is done to determine the best cleaning process for the material you have.

Step 2 Dye Testing

A small amount of upholstery cleaner is applied to an inconspicuous area of the fabric and a towel pressed to the fabric. This tests the stability of the dye. This step may be skipped, depending on the experience of the technician.

Step 3 Dry Soil Removal

In cleaning any textile, the first step is always to remove as much dry soil as possible. This improves the following cleaning steps greatly.

Step 4 Soil Suspension

A preconditioning agent is used on most fabrics to “suspend” soil for more effective extraction.

Step 5 Soil Removal (Extraction)

A fine water rinse is used to extract the suspended soils.

Step 6 Post-cleaning Spot Treatment

If any spots are not removed during the cleaning process, specialty-spotting techniques are employed. Note: permanent stains identified by our service technician may not be removeable. **For longer fabric life and fewer permanent stains, have fabric protector applied after every cleaning!**

Step 7 Pile Setting/Grooming

Many textiles have a “pile” that needs to be set after cleaning. A special upholstery brush is used to groom the pile for proper drying.

Step 8 Drying

Due to the high water recovery of our upholstery machines, drying times vary from 2-6 hours. Ceiling fans / Area fans / Air conditioning further help to reduce drying times.

Step 9-Post Inspection

Your ROTO-STATIC technician will review the cleaning results with you to ensure that your expectations have been met or exceeded.


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