Cleaning Upholstery

Getting your upholstery professionally cleaned may have you spending a lot of money. Especially with a common sofa, measuring up to 8 feet. For this service, you may end up paying around $200. Quite expensive, don’t you agree?

For the degree of proficiency that you’ll be acquiring, that may be worthy of the extra cash. But, if you’re really knowledgeable about cleaning your upholstery, you may employ “Do It Yourself” cleaning.

Using your own cleaning method for small stains may cut back on the amount of money that you’ll spendto maintain your furniture. What I’ll recommend is that you locate the upholstery tag underneath the cushions. If you cannot find them there then you can visit the manufacturer’s website to garner important information.

I have a few tips here about how you can clean your furniture. I really hope that this helps and that you’ll enjoy!



Tips for Cleaning Upholstery

  • The first thing to do is to test if the colors of the material on the upholstery can be washed out or become faded out before actually cleaning. Use any suitable cleaning chemical as the testing agent.
  • If you choose not to purchase ready-made cleaners, you can create your own non-corrosive and environmentally friendly upholstery cleaner. How do you do this? Well, just simply:
  • Create a mixture of 1 ½ cups of water and ½ cup of dish-washing liquid in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • Use an electric mixer to beat the mixture until you get a nice thick, foamy mixture.
  • Take out the cushions.
  • Use a vacuum attachment to rigorously vacuum the area. Vacuuming helps to eliminate any dirt that may be present. Just imagine that the water comes into contact with the dirt. That would be a very displeasing situation.
  • Use a soft brush to push the soap mixture onto the material.
  • If there are leftover suds, use a damp piece of cloth to wipe those away.
  • Don’t use too much water as this may cause shrinkage. This is where fibers become changed upon washing and/or drying.
  • Leave it there to dry. Depending on the fabric, this may take up to an hour to be dried properly.


Whether you opt to clean your upholstery yourself or hire expert cleaners, there’s no hiding behind the fact that they need to be cleaned. Professional cleaning may, at times, be expensive. However, conducting your own cleaning can save you a lot of money.