How To Clean Fabric Upholstery

June 16, 2015

In our last article, we covered basic cleaning procedures for furniture with leather upholstery. Today, we´ll be focusing on furniture that is upholstered with fabric. Whether it´s a spare futon stored away in a guest room, or a living room sofa that the whole family uses every day; you can keep your furniture looking as great as the day you bought it.

To keep it simple, we´ll divide the article into two sections: regular maintenance and responding to accidents.

Regular maintenance

 To keep your fabric upholstery in tip-top shape, you´ll need to invest a bit of time in regular cleaning and maintenance. Here are the most important steps that you can take:

  • Once per week: thoroughly vacuum your cushions, throw-pillows, seat backs, arm rests, and the area underneath the cushions. This will prevent the buildup of dust, pet hair, allergens, etc. You should always use a brush attachment with the hose of your vacuum cleaner in order to avoid damaging your furniture.
  • Once per week: Fluff and flip you cushions (and your seat backs, if possible.) This will help your cushions maintain their original shape, form, and firmness while evenly distributing wear and tear. 
  • Once per year, hire a professional cleaning service to deep-clean your furniture.

Responding to accidents

You should always clean up accidents as quickly as possible. The longer a spill stays on your furniture, the more damage it will do. The following method is generally safe and effective for all fabric furniture, though you should check with your owner´s manual to be sure.

  • Mix warm water with a mild cleaning product.
  • Test this substance on an inconspicuous area of your furniture.
  • Clean the affected area using a clean folded towel using gentle blotting motion.
  • If a stain still persists, use a small brush to work the cleaning product into the fibers of the fabric.
  • Vacuum the cleaned area once dry