The reception areas that a range of businesses have will contain seating for visitors that include chairs and couches made from leather or upholstery, and invariably to keep the reception areas looking at their best there will be a regime in place to take care of chair and couch cleaning.

However, as good as that sounds, many businesses will, despite their best efforts, not be cleaning their reception chairs and couches properly and could, instead of keeping them looking great, actually be damaging them and compromising their appearance.

The latter scenario occurs because, instead of following proven methods for couch cleaning and cleaning other seating, they are using cleaning methods that do more harm than good. So, to try to ensure that any business owners reading this do not make those same mistakes, and instead have a reception area that is a credit to them, here are five dos and five don’ts of reception area couch cleaning.

The 5 Dos Of Reception Area Couch Cleaning

  • Vacuum Daily: A simple task, but often overlooked because of that, daily vacuuming is one of the most important ways you can keep your fabric couches looking great for longer. Specifically, vacuuming removes tiny pieces of dirt, dust, and grit that cause upholstery to fray.
  • Remove Stains Immediately: Stains on reception area couches come in many forms such as ink from pens, spilt drinks, and even dropped food. Whatever the cause, you must ensure that stains are dealt with as they happen because any delay can make the stain a permanent one.
  • Use Mild Cleaning Solutions: In all cases, ensure that any cleaning solutions you use to clean your reception area couches are mild and thus not likely to damage the fabric. The easiest one to create is a 50-50 mix of mild dish soap and warm water.

  • Always Spot-Test First: Whatever cleaning solutions you plan to use, whether it is a brand name or one you made yourself, always test it first on a small area of the upholstery, preferably a spot that is hidden on the back of the couch.
  • Use Professional Couch Cleaners: For the best results, and to ensure your reception area couches are in prime condition, hire a professional couch cleaning company to regularly clean them.

The 5 Don’ts Of Reception Area Couch Cleaning

  • Soak Your Couches: Never be tempted to soak your reception area couches with water, even if you are trying to get rid of a stubborn stain. You run the risk of the couch’s fabric shrinking, plus the cushioning within could also be damaged.
  • Leave Couches Wet For Too Long: Whilst it is feasible to wet your couches to help remove stains, you should seek to dry them as soon as possible. The risk of leaving them wet is attracting mould or mildew which damages fabrics and creates odours.
  • Use Harsh Or Abrasive Cleaners: This causes more reception area couches to be damaged or even ruined than any other mistake. You will achieve nothing using harsh chemicals or highly abrasive cleaning products in trying to remove a stain or mark, so refrain from using either of them.
  • Rub Too Hard: Another prime reason couches in reception areas get damaged or ruined is the person trying to clean them or remove a stain rubs so hard that they fray the fabric.
  • Clean Leather Couches Without First Seeking Advice: We have spoken mostly about fabric reception area couches, but here we wish to highlight leather couches. In all instances seek advice, especially from a couch cleaning expert before attempting to clean a leather couch as just one error can cause serious damage to it.