DIY Upholstery Cleaning

Upholstery cleaning is one of the few things that we often neglect doing because it can be time-consuming. The good news is, there are a lot of companies that offer upholstery cleaning that you can call on to. Still, if you have the time and the right equipment, why not try doing a DIY and save your money for future use.


If you already own a vacuum cleaner, then there is no reason for you to call an upholstery cleaning service anymore. With your vacuum, you can start doing the cleaning yourself.

The first step is to vacuum your upholstery from top to bottom. Check the crevices of your sofa and check for anything that might have fallen in there such as coins, earrings or anything useful. For your vacuum, you can cover its nozzle with a hose then secure it with a rubber hand so it won’t suck small particles. You can now use it to clean the crevices as well without worry that it might suck those tiny particles.

Vacuum all sides and corners of your upholstery then do one final dusting before moving to the next step.

Spot removal

Most furniture like sofas always ends up with stains and some spots. Using a DIY upholstery cleaning solution like vinegar, water and salt (or you can just buy those ready-made upholstery cleaning solutions) are a great help, start removing spots from your furniture.

A sample of a DIY cleaning solution is a mixture of ¼ cup of white vinegar, ¾ cup of warm water and ½ tablespoon of dish liquid soap. Just mix these ingredients. Spray the solution the spot you want to remove and using a clean fabric, scrub the area thoroughly. Wait for the cleaned area to dry.

But if you think there are too many spots to remove or it will be too hard to do it yourself, consult a specialist or contact upholstery cleaning and let them do the work for you.