How to Clean Your Upholstered Furniture

Whether you are just a hands on DIY type or are trying to save some money on getting them cleaned professionally, below you will find some tips and tricks to clean your old sofas!


Before you dive into cleaning your upholstery, always check for any tags for suggested cleaning methods. Usually manufacturers will put industry standard cleaning codes which you can find below:

  • W – Use foam or water-based cleaning agents. Use only distilled water – not tap water, which often contains minerals causing ringed or faded stains.
  • S – Use mild and water-free cleaning solvents. No water. Always dry clean in whole, not parts.
  • SW – Use foam and water-based cleaning agents. Use very mild water-free cleaning solvent. No tap water – only distilled water.
  • X – Use only vacuum or brush lightly to remove dirt. Do not use water, foam, and any liquid cleaning agents.

How to Remove Upholstery Stains

Most food and beverage stains can be cleaned with a simple sponge or clean cloth using a foam upholstery cleaner.  For most fruit, wine, and berry stains you can start by mixing a solution of water and a table spoon of vinegar, and laundry detergent as long as it’s safe to use water on your upholstery material. Work around the stain, cleaning towards the center. For oil and greasy stains, the trick is to absorb the stain out of the fabric first. Place baking soda or cornstarch on the stain for 15 minutes so it can soak the grease out before putting any type of solvent to clean it.

Below you will find some additional tips on taking care of your furniture:

Cleaning Tips