Upholstery Cleaning Tips and When To Hire a Pro


Furniture is important to the overall appearance of your home. But over time, your upholstery collects dirt and stains that make it look tired and dingy. A professional upholstery cleaning service can remove those stains and make your furniture look new again for the fraction of the cost of replacement.

About Professional Upholstery Cleaning

Upholstery cleaning is a service typically provided by carpet cleaning companies. You'll rarely find companies that focus solely on upholstery cleaning because there's not a huge market for the service. Professional carpet cleaners are skilled at handling a variety of upholstery types, including very delicate fabrics.

A professional upholstery cleaning can remove dirt from furniture such as couches, love seats, recliners, dining room chairs and mattresses. Many companies also offer their services for upholstery in cars, boats and RVs.

How Upholstery Cleaning Works

Professional upholstery cleaning is a multi-step process. It starts with a physical inspection and, if necessary, a pre-treatment. Then technicians will apply an upholstery cleaning solution to the fabric to help loosen embedded dirt. Next, they will use an extraction process to remove dirt and the cleaning solution. The final step is a physical inspection to make sure the upholstery is clean.

Most professional upholstery cleaning companies also offer some kind of fabric protection treatment to help prevent future stains and extend the life of your furniture, but the treatment usually comes at an added cost.

Cost of Professional Upholstery Cleaning

The cost of professional upholstery cleaning varies from service to service and from one geographic region to the next. Most services charge on a per-item basis. Below is a breakdown of what you can expect to pay.

  • Standard couches: $80 to $150
  • Large sectionals: Up to $200
  • Love seats: $60 to $120
  • Recliners: $40 to $80
  • Dining room/office chairs: $10 to $20

Stain protection and deodorizing treatments cost anywhere from $10 to $50, depending on the size of the item. Keep in mind that most services have some kind of minimum charge to make the trip worth their while - usually at least $100.

Choosing an Upholstery Cleaning Company

Start narrowing down the field by asking friends for recommendations. Can they suggest an upholstery company that does a great job? After you've gathered several names, call each of the companies to request a quote.

Ask questions about the cleaning process when you talk to each company. Are the chemicals safe for children and pets? How long will the furniture have to dry before it can be used? Does the company offer stain protection, and if so, does it come at an additional cost?

Finally, look into the background and qualifications of any company you're considering. Is the company certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)? Does it have a good rating with the Better Business Bureau?

Author: Ashley Smith

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