An upholstery invoice is designed to allow a person (known as an upholsterer) to collect payment from a client for upholstery services, which may entail applying fabric to furniture, cleaning (foam), repair, auto, and providing supplies.
Table of Contents
- What is Upholstery?
- How to Clean Upholstery?
- Upholsterer Salary & Hourly Pay ($/hr)
Any type of fabric or decor that covers an object is known as upholstery. Most associate upholstery with the styling and coverings on furniture. If someone were to walk into a furniture shop, they might ask the sales clerk, “what are the upholstery option on this couch?” The clerk would respond with an answer like, “in our inventory, this couch comes in leather and/or cotton.” In this case, leather and cotton are the upholstery that would cover the couch. Upholstery can be referred to as a fabric, a style, or even a color that is applied to an item.
Depending on the type of fabric used as upholstery, the cleaning method and ingredients used will vary. Most upholstery is fixed, meaning that it’s impossible to take the upholstery off an object. This is especially true when it comes to car seats in vehicles or seat cushions in a boat. To take apart the upholstery would mean destroying the seat, which would not do any good. As most know, a leather seat is much easier to clean than a fabric seat, but leather is also more expensive. Cleaning stains and messy spills out of fabric requires strong chemicals. Below is a list of simple steps to clean the upholstery off fabric seats in a car.
It’s not rocket science to clean a mess—you just need the right supplies. Be ready to scrub, scrub, and scrub! Below are the essential ingredients you will need:
- Interior shampoo – Good for all interior fabrics and carpets. The walls on cars are often made from the same fabric as the carpets.
- Foam Sponge – Used to soak the fabric with cleaning solution.
- Absorbent Cloth – Absorbs the cleaning solution after it’s been applied to the fabric.
- Bucket of Clean Water – Needed for rinsing.
To prevent further stains and smearing from leftover residue, it’s important to vacuum the area that you are planning to clean. It would be a good idea to bring your car to a car wash/detailing service, as they tend to have high powered vacuums specially made to clean the inside of your car and mats.
It’s important not to mix the cleaning solution with your bucket of water. First spray or apply the cleaning solution to the stain or area. Next take your sponge and begin to scrub vigorously and evenly over the area. When the sponge starts to discolor, rinse in the bucket of water and repeat.
At this point, the upholstery on your car seat should be very wet. It’s equally important to remove all of the moistness, which will collect additional residue and prevent mold in the future. Use your absorbent cloth and squeeze out the water into the water bucket. Keep repeating until the absorbent cloth stops filling up with water. Air will then dry the remaining liquid within the upholstery.
- Salary: $52,089/yr
- Hourly Rate: $25/hr