Upholstery Care 101

Most clients will realistically never see the upholstery of your treatment table: it’ll be covered by linens. But you’ll see it. If you are anything like me, drab-looking upholstery is likely to drive you a little batty. Your customers might not be seeing it, but you are and that’s enough. So, how do you keep your upholstery looking like new even when it isn’t?Let’s explore that, shall we?

Upholstery Care

Treatment tables are not meant for extreme temperatures; they can damage upholstery. If you find the need to store your table (perhaps you are remodeling or you use a portable table on occasion), please pay special attention to this. Upholstery does not fare well in car trunks or weather-exposed storage units.

Upholstery Cleaning and Disinfecting

Clean day-to-day smudges with a mild soap and water blend. To disinfect, try a highly diluted bleach solution (i.e. 5:1 water:bleach). Rinse the surface of your treatment table with clean water; then gently wipe the upholstery down with the diluted bleach solution. Allow the upholstery to dry before you use or storeyour table.

**Disclaimer: I recommend, always, that you contact your manufacturer to get additional advice, especially on cleansers that are contraindicated for your upholstery. This is not an arena to experiment in.

Repairing Damaged Upholstery

So, what happens when your upholstery has passed the point of no return? If you’ve lost the upholstery battle through either accident or normal wear and tear, you still have options. And, no, you don’t have to buy a new treatment table. In fact, many high-end spa equipment manufacturers will re-upholster tables for a fee. To my mind, this fee is pretty minimal all things considered.

With a little TLC, you can keep your upholstery looking like new. And, if you lose the battle, you have options. All is never lost, friends.

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