A brief guide to upholstery cleaning

Upholstery cleaning

Upholstery is the term for the fabric that covers your furniture – sofas, armchairs, poufs, dining chairs, stools, chaise lounge and more!

Upholstery cleaning, as you may have guessed, is the process of cleaning the often delicate fabric that upholsters your favourite pieces of furniture.

What are the benefits?


The fibres in the upholstery on your furniture can harbour allergens, dust mites, fleas, mould, and bacteria if they are not regularly cleaned. These can all lead to a wide range of allergies and potential illness. Maintaining regular cleaning drastically reduces the presence of these irritants, and in turn, helps to keep your home and family healthy.

Air Quality

Each time you sit, lay down or move around on your upholstered furniture, you are unknowingly releasing dust, dirt and bacteria into the air in your home. Regular removal of allergens and dust is always encouraged for a clean home with clean air.


For many families, the living room furniture becomes the favorite spot for watching movies, relaxing or working from home – and whilst it might be your favourite spot, it is likely that your pet loves it too.

With some much activity, it is natural for your furniture to pick up some odours, and not all of them are pleasant – particularly if the furniture is close to the cooking area! Cleaning helps remove those odours by removing the source.


Over time, it is only natural that your furniture will collect stains and marks. Whether they are from kids or pets, there is only so much that can be covered with blankets or throws! The simple solution is to have your furniture cleaned on a regular basis to keep it looking like new.

A Longer Life for Your Furniture

As we all know, buying new furniture is not cheap. By investing in professional cleaning, you can extend the life expectancy of your favourite furniture and extend the life of your investment.


Regular upholstery cleaning removes dirt, grime and dust, which in turn improves the durability of the upholstery, removing the faded, thinning and aged look.

Can I do it myself?

Upholstery cleaning is a complex process which is a lot more difficult than it might sound at first. Firstly, upholstery is often made up of relatively delicate natural fabrics such as cotton. Secondly, if you have ever tried cleaning any furniture yourself, you will have found that most furniture can’t simply be removed and put through a washing machine!

High quality professional cleaning requires special equipment, experience and know-how. The fabric has to be vacuumed, conditioned, rinsed, and then vacuum dried. Depending on the type of furniture,  hot-water extraction (also known as ‘steam cleaning’) can sometimes be the best cleaning method. Trying to clean your expensive sofa with off the shelf products and a regular vacuum can lead to costly problems!

How much is upholstery cleaning?

So now you know the benefits, the next thing you want to know is how much does upholstery cleaning cost? The cost of the cleaning will vary depending on the size of the item of furniture but armchairs will typically start at around £30-50. Two or three seater sofas can cost around £80-110.

Where can I find upholstery cleaning near me?

If you are looking for experienced upholstery cleaners in your area then look no further than MyConstructor. Our platform is home to a wide range of home services professionals, all of which are vetted and come recommended.

Simply enter your postcode, then let us know the type of service you need and the date and time that suits you. The MyConstructor platform will then provide you with a shortlist of professionals and pricing in your area!

Book professional upholstery cleaning in London from Clean Expert! Clean Expert is a family-owned business that covers all London areas including 25 miles outside M25 North. We clean sofas, chairs, and more. Ask our professional cleaners about high-quality stain protection.