Unfortunately for consumers the quality of furniture cleaning services provided by upholstery cleaning businesses range greatly between service providers, as does the cost and various tiers of services on offer. There are two main reasons for this: the first is that many service providers offer tiered services where different steps of the furniture cleaning process are cut out in order to offer lower cost processes designed to appeal to the 'budget' market segment. The second reason for the wide disparity of upholstery cleaning services is because many so called 'professional' carpet and upholstery cleaning businesses have never undertaken industry recognized training courses in their trade from professional vocational institutions.
Most upholstery cleaners simply start their business by purchasing some tools and chemicals from their neighborhood supply shop or a website off the Internet, put an advertisement in the local paper then start taking on work and doing the best job they can..which is often quite less than a customer might expect even at the lower end of the market. In the most severe situations inexperienced and untrained operators can easily cause permanent damage to expensive furnishings!
The reason why many cleaners in this industry avoid certification programs and formal education is because professional training can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars not to mention flights and accommodation as training providers are far and few between in most countries. Never the less ensuring your upholstery cleaner is a member of a professional trade group in good standing and certified by a reputable training body that is independent from any one specific technology provider is essential if you want to get the best results for your furniture. Trained professionals often also represent the best value for money as while you may pay a little extra, you'll receive a thorough deep cleaning service which will restore your upholstery to an impressive condition and help you more easily keep it clean through regular vacuuming.
When first making contact over the phone ask your potential upholstery cleaners to explain in a manner you can understand how their cleaning procedures work. Mention any difficult stains such as pet urine or odors and ask how they will go about rectifying them. If you aren't satisfied with their answers don't hesitate in moving onto the next business, as upholstery cleaners are a dime-a-dozen so to find a great one you might have to go through a number of lesser providers. The trick to effective furniture cleaning is having a deep understanding of different upholstery fiber kinds, the most typically encountered stains and also which cleaning process will work for that particular combination of upholstery fiber and soiling!