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Topic: help with cotton
Posted By: gaitan
Subject: help with cotton
Date Posted: 29/September/2006 at 4:04pm
     

Just to say hello and ask for your advice. I have to clean 2 couches made of 65% cotton. Any advice how to clean them and dry them since they are in a basement and there is not muuch ventilation. I have cleaned couches in the past but made of polyester. I have heard that cotton is very delicate.

Please help I don't want to mess up.



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Posted By: Hammy
Date Posted: 29/September/2006 at 4:38pm
 Pre-vac, Prespray with pre-kleen upholstery cleaner, lightly brush/ agitate with soft brush or cotton towels. Extract with textile rinse (low psi). Force dry with air movers or fans. Apply guard if so desired. Collect cash and be on your way.There are several other ways to clean that type of upholstery,however that is very effective and does a great job!Thumbs Up

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Posted By: John L
Date Posted: 29/September/2006 at 11:45pm

I concur with Hammy...You can use a dif. uph. prespray also.



Posted By: gaitan
Date Posted: 01/October/2006 at 12:25pm
Thank you for all your advice,
I wait for more responses


Posted By: gaitan
Date Posted: 03/October/2006 at 5:52pm
hey guys thanks for the advice I clean the couches today It took me a little long but worked great   .


Posted By: John L
Date Posted: 03/October/2006 at 6:31pm
Cotton Sofa
 
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Posted By: John Bolton
Date Posted: 11/October/2006 at 6:23pm
Gaitan,

Whoever told you that cotton is a delicate fibre?

It is relatively strong due to its structure - layers of minute, criss-crossed spiral fibrules of which the fibre is composed. It can be further strengthened by the yarning.

Being a cellulosic fibre it can suffer from browning but this and possible shrinkage is easily avoided by proper cleaning practice which will avoid the over-wetting and extended drying times that can be responsible.


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Posted By: gaitan
Date Posted: 16/October/2006 at 9:45pm
Thanks John great advise.


Posted By: John L
Date Posted: 05/June/2007 at 12:41pm
Cotton is delicate in its natural state..LOL
 
Actually cotton is about 15% stronger when it's wet.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 



Posted By: splash_$$$_dash
Date Posted: 05/June/2007 at 2:49pm
Spray it with some encap juice like Releasit, rub it around with a Cimex pad when custy aint looking-- get your cash and dash!


Posted By: jaymark1
Date Posted: 20/February/2009 at 1:43pm
gaitan...
 
First, cotton looks horrible when you first clean it...but when it drys, it looks great..
 
Just make sure to wet the entire thing, cotton has a habbit of getting water rings  if you only wet in sections. When i say wet, I dont mean firehose it either...dry dry dry
 
use cold to mild water
 
 
 
 


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Posted By: Carpet Cleaning
Date Posted: 02/October/2009 at 2:15am
For water-soluble upholstery, rent or purchase an upholstery cleaning machine and shampoo. Use a chemical cleaning agent if the couch is covered in cotton, rayon or silk, working the product in with soft upholstery brushes. remove the Soil that has been captured by the cleaning agent as a final step in the couch restoration.

Clean wood trim and other non-upholstery couch fittings with mild soap. If the wood sections are damaged or scarred, consider sanding and staining them while you wait for the upholstery to dry.

When the couch is dry and you've completed the job, apply a spray-on product such as scotchgard to all surface areas of the upholstery to keep it from attracting grime in the future.


Posted By: LArugcleaning
Date Posted: 09/August/2010 at 10:44pm


Hi,

Yes Your right the cotton will become much stronger when its wet,,,,let it dry...
Then after that spray spray it with some chemicals to clean it up....



Posted By: doug
Date Posted: 14/August/2010 at 10:01pm
Originally posted by John L John L wrote:

Cotton Sofa
 
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I can't see any difference
Can you see any differenceDrunky
 
iufference?


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Posted By: John L
Date Posted: 14/August/2010 at 10:39pm
LOL! I saw a difference.. $150 in my pocket difference. Banana Dance


Posted By: cmaster
Date Posted: 15/August/2010 at 12:27am
If you send me $150, I'm sure I'll see a differenceEvil Grin

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Posted By: John L
Date Posted: 16/August/2010 at 12:52am
I can show you all how to make $150 again and again non stop! Pimpin
Without touching your wand.
How to get tons of traffic to your new website etc. etc. Clap
PM me if you want to know more. Banana Dance 
 


Posted By: doug
Date Posted: 19/August/2010 at 7:09pm
John being a pimp in Ontario is kind of risky??Pimpin

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Posted By: cmaster
Date Posted: 19/August/2010 at 10:47pm
Open up a cash store. You can make a sh*tload of moneyLOL

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Posted By: doug
Date Posted: 20/August/2010 at 8:24am
Didn't McGilty put a limit on what you can charge??

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Just My opinion


Posted By: cmaster
Date Posted: 21/August/2010 at 12:26am
Yeah, but a friend of mine owns one. Says he makes a killing even with the regulationsShocked

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Posted By: vacman2000
Date Posted: 22/August/2010 at 3:51pm
I thought cotton was weaker when it was wet, any IICRC guys her that can answer, if this wrong or right

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Posted By: doug
Date Posted: 23/August/2010 at 8:05am
you thought wrong?

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Posted By: MR. STEAMER
Date Posted: 24/August/2010 at 10:15pm
The problem with cotton is the COLOR!!!!  WHITE!!!!!! the more natural the cotton is the more problems....  RUN if you don't know what yo are doing...Cotton is easy to brownout

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Posted By: John Bolton
Date Posted: 25/August/2010 at 7:22am
On the other hand if you do know what you are doing (i.e. are a trained professional), whilst the potential for cellulostic browning is ever-present, it should not be a problem.

It will even tolerate high temperature, (temporarily) fairly high pH and, due to the spiral formation if the fibrils  IS stronger when wet.


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Posted By: MR. STEAMER
Date Posted: 25/August/2010 at 2:01pm
Browning is the major problem.... 

I have yet to meet a trained professional...there is no such thing

Most white cotton sofa's get browned out by noobs that have no clue what they are doing... and over wet the cotton...or use the wrong type of soap...




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Posted By: doug
Date Posted: 29/August/2010 at 8:53am
I agree

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Posted By: John L
Date Posted: 15/September/2010 at 11:16pm
Originally posted by MR. STEAMER MR. STEAMER wrote:

I have yet to meet a trained professional...there is no such thing
So your saying your NOT a TP? Confused


Posted By: John Bolton
Date Posted: 16/September/2010 at 9:21am
Mt Steamer,

I have been in the business for 45 years, have given and received training - but we have never met. I have however met a large number of trained professionals, so maybe you don't get out enough Smile

Oh, and the majority of suites that I clean are either cotton or linen, so I think I know the fibre quite well.


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http://www.worldofclean.co.uk - World of Clean
http://www.cleantalk.co.uk - Cleantalk


Posted By: MR. STEAMER
Date Posted: 28/September/2010 at 11:39pm
What I ment to say is there there is no text book method.... People use many different methods to clean the same thing. Changing an alternator on a BMW can only happen one way....a mechanic has to be trained and become a Trained Professional..

if you think you are a trained professional after taking the IICRC course for furniture...I LAUGH...

Most cleaners come up with methods that work for them...


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Posted By: prouddadx3
Date Posted: 02/October/2010 at 1:24pm
I like to use a self neutralizing ammonia cleaner with cotton. Staying with a low PH helps with yellowing and an acid rinse is also good. We use Dry tools which keeps it relatively dry. The water ring tip is a good one and if you see water rings on furniture their is a good chance it is cotton. They use to say to clean to your most sensitive fiber and cotton is sensitive to PH. So even if it is just 10 % cotton, clean it like its 100% cotton.

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Posted By: westcovina
Date Posted: 23/January/2011 at 1:20pm
Some cotton can't be cleaned with water. What is the cleaning code symbol on the piece?

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