Upholstery cleaning

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  1. greggzy001

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    Hi all, ive been restoring a 1995 Swift Kontiki since last winter and wondered the best way to clean the velour-type upholstery. Most of the swifts cushions/seats have zip off covers but i wondered if throwing them in the machine would cause any damage?:Doh:
    Should i wet wash, dry clean or get the spray on cleaning stuff? Any ideas or recommendations? Thanks, Gregg
     
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    i use a good wife to do mine :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Thanks for the advice but the wifes all for "chucking them in the machine" I was trying a more thoughtful approach.
    :BigGrin:
     
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    Dont machine wash them, they will go out of shape. I have a similar problem with my upholstery as its light in colour. I get the carpet cleaner man to do it. He charges about £35 and they come up like new.
     
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    Thanks for this......ill tell mrs S not to "chuck them in the machine"
    Gregg:thumb:
     
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    I have use a 'wool' wash and low spin, delicate etc settings with no problems for similar items in the past. Hand wash is perhaps the safest way to go if you do not wish to spend on outsider help!
     
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    Hanks for this Kay... Ill try hand washing a single cushion and see what happens...
    Thanks
    Gregg
     
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    I use a wet vac with a good quality cleaning detergent
    I had my own cleaning business so still have the equipment
    you can hire but most of these type of machines come with cheap low grade cleaning detergents

    best to clean in situate in case of shrinkage

    good luck
     
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    I was going to suggest using either the "wool" or "hand wash" cycle of your washing machine, if it has one.
    But use one of the delicate programmes with a 30 degree wash, also try "Woolite" for the machine or "Persil Silk & Wool" liquid for delicates, from memory it's around £4 per bottle.

    Let us know how is goes:thumb:
     
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    I'm going to try using a steam cleaner, with covers in situ......Done the wash thing with settee covers and they were a bugger to put back on as shrunk slightly. Getting to old to fight with upholstrey....lol
     
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    You can hire a "rug doctor " with attachments to clean seats and carpets from B & Q or others.
    I bought a machine from ebay because we got kids and all goes everywhere :Eeek:
     
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    If you can took of them then you should wash them and they dry them because it helps to clean the dust in the interior but I also like the idea of dry cleaning because it is a good way. Good luck, now it up to you.
     
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    :Smile: just dryclean them. That way they'll come up sparkly clean, you'll have insurance if anything were to go wrong (which is shouldn't do as people trust the most delicate and valuable items to the drycleaning people). It'll be cheaper than hiring a rug doctor etc and they do all the hard work. Gets my vote every time:thumb::thumb:

    Let us all know how you get on and good luck:thumb:
     
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    I used our home clothes steamer. Used it on the carpets and curtains as well as the seating Motor-Caravan looks like new again.

    Carpet pile restored and the curtains have that fluffy look as does the seating.
     
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