How to Clean Upholstery at Home by Clean n Fresh

It is quite a battle to clean upholstered furniture on your own. However, we have brought to you some of how you can apply and find the best solution to your problem. In this detailed guide, we’ll share step-by-step method on how to clean upholstery at home!

Over time, upholstery does get dingy and spotted with prolonged usage and the same needs to be cleaned at least once a year to ensure its longevity. We all love being in our couches and sofas the whole day! But it is no fun if there are crumbs, spilled soda, pet hair, and various other stains on your sofa. So we have brought forward a guide on how you can maintain your furniture without any hassle.

The three methods with which you can effectively maintain your upholstery are: 

1. Disinfect

2. Stain Removal

3. Cleaning & Drying

How to Disinfect Upholstery

The need to clean your household objects is nothing unusual if you live a healthy lifestyle. Eventually, cleaning and disinfecting various upholstering surfaces with a proper disinfectant reduces the risk of spreading infection from cold and flu. 

Equipment & Materials: 

  • Microfibre cloths
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Water
  • Washing up liquid
  • White vinegar
  • Specialist dry cleaning solution or rubbing alcohol (only required for certain fabrics)

Step 1: Vacuum the upholstery to remove any surface crumbs, dust, or dirt. Make sure that the check the label of your furniture before progressing over to the new step.

Step 2: Test your cleaner in an inconspicuous area to check whether the solution does not cause any damage to your upholstery.

Step 3: Spray the solution on your upholstery after you receive confirmation that the solution does not cause any damage to the same.

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How to Remove Stains from the Upholstery At Home(Step by Step Guide)

Do not lose hope when it comes to stains even if they are on your upholstery for a long time. You can still get your furniture back to its previous form.

Equipment & Materials: (Missing)

Step 1: Always read the label of your upholstery. It will mention the ways by which you can clean the same without damaging it.

Step 2: Vacuum your upholstery and over the stain as well to remove any sort of dust or debris residing on it.

Step 3: Make a cleaning solution by mixing 2 cups of warm water, 3 tablespoons of vinegar, and 3 tablespoons of dish soap. After making it, ensure that there is a good amount of bubble on top of the solution that you have prepared.

Step 4: Apply a small amount of the solution to any part of your upholstery to ensure that it doesn’t cause any damage to it.

Step 5: Spread the solution on top of the stain with the help of a big brush. You should consider using an upholstering brush since it is manufactured to perform such tasks.

Step 6: Use the brush to scrub as hard as you could! You should see the stain fading away.

Step 7: If you do not get the desired results on your first try then keep scrubbing until you fully remove the stain.

Remove stains from sofa

Sofas usually come with a W or WS cleaning code. You need to mix a small amount of dish detergent with cold water. Use a sponge to blot the stain but make sure that you DO NOT RUB IT! Apply some clean water to bloat out the soap. With the help of a clean cloth or paper towel press the moisture from the fabric.

You can also use a small amount of vinegar or vodka on the stain if it requires some hard cleaning. Eventually, the smell of these natural solvents will dissolve as the upholstery dries.

How to Clean Upholstery

Cleaning your upholstery from time to time is mandatory since it increases the longevity of the furniture and in turn, you also get to live in a healthy and safe environment. We use a natural and green-certified carbonated cleaning process that is heated in a high-temperature area to lift all the dirt, dust, and other allergens from your upholstery.

Equipment & Materials:

  • Microfibre cloths
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Bicarbonate Soda 
  • Water

Step 1: Vacuum any dust or residue on your upholstery.

Step 2: Spray or sprinkle the bicarbonate soda on your furniture and let it sit for around 20 to 30 minutes.

Step 3: Use the brush attachment with your vacuum to clean up the solution from your upholstery.

Clean Fabric Sofa Naturally

Create an inexpensive upholstery cleaner with the help of the following ingredients.

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 tablespoon of a gentle soap

Mix all of these in a spray bottle and shake to mix the contents. Spray the same on your

upholstery and use a soft brush to work the solution on the microfiber. Use clean warm water to remove the extra soap and place the upholstery under a fan for quick drying.

How to Clean Velour Upholstery at Home

Cleaning a velour upholstery should be your top priority since the same needs to be handled with care and is not an easy task. It is advisable to approach professional cleaners but that may cost a lot. However, there are some ways via which you can clean your velour upholstery but you need to be EXTRA CAREFUL while cleaning the same. To clean velour upholstery you require:

  • Water and bucket
  • Soft brush
  • Vacuum cleaner with the brush attachment
  • Mild upholstery liquid soap
  • Ammonia (if required)
  • Muslin fabric

Step 1: Make sure that your sofa is made of velour or not. Understand the difference between and velour and velvet. You can always check the label of your sofa to be sure and other details that are mentioned on it.

Step 2: Clean the visible dirt on the sofa with a brush. Make sure the brush is soft so that the sofa is not damaged. After this, use a vacuum cleaner with the brush attachment to clean the loose dirt. Make sure you reach out in the corners and clean it nicely.

Step 3: Use warm water and mild upholstery liquid soap. Mix gently and add a few drops of household ammonia for extra cleaning if required. Make sure to read the label if ammonia is prohibited.

Step 4: With the help of a muslin fiber cloth dipped in the liquid clean your velour upholstery.

Step 5: Make sure that the cloth doesn’t hold any excess liquid since excessive moisture can damage the velour fibers.

Step 6: Rub the cloth over the surface of the sofa. Rinse out and repeat until the surface is clean and new again. Allow it to dry after cleaning.

How to Dry Your Upholstery

After having your upholstery cleaned, the drying time required is dependent on the air temperature and humidity. Some of the steps to quickly dry your upholstery are mentioned below:

Step 1: Keep your upholstery under ceiling fans.

Step 2: Switch off any dehumidifier during the summer season and turn the heat to maximum.

Step 3: Turn on your AC during the winter season and open the windows when the humidity outside is low.

Step 4: Try to minimize foot traffic on your upholstery since doing so would eventually increase the drying time.

More Cleaning Tips

Clean Your Upholstery Naturally

You are sure to find some luck if you sprinkle baking soda (only if the color of your clothes or garments or furniture is dark) and brush the same. After letting it sit for some time you can vacuum it off. This absorbs any of the dust and smell that might be present on your upholstering equipment. For spot cleaning, you can use your favorite detergent and let it dry for some time. You can use an upholstering shampoo since they are natural cleaners available in the market and would work on any microfiber surface to clean it off completely!

Remove Stains Easily

If your furniture or rug has developed various stains from prolonged usage, then at first you need to vacuum the same so that any of the dust or debris from the upholstery gets removed.

You can use various upholstering attachments to reach out to those cracks and crevices and thus make sure that the cleaning is effective and precise. After you have vacuumed, perform the above-mentioned process to clean off your stains from the furniture or textile.


Sometimes cleaning isn’t just going to keep your furniture durable and you might require to get yourself some new furniture. However, if you want to see how you can keep your upholstery clean on your own, then check out this guide that we have written for you! 

If you want to get the best results with professional upholstery cleaning in Long Island or other surrounding areas, feel free to book a consultation.

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