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2018 How Much Does Upholstery Cleaning Cost?

Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Rob Schneider


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Over time, even the most expensive or cared for piece of furniture can begin to show signs of wear and tear. It only makes sense that you might want to replace or reupholster your furniture when it dents, scratches or stains are evident. Unfortunately, the cost of reupholstery can be high, as much as $500 per piece.

However, a thorough cleaning by a professional can give old furniture and couches new life for just a portion of the cost to reupholster. Save yourself a little money and take a look at the cost to have your upholstery cleaned.

Cost of Upholstery Cleaning

Many homeowners say they spend between $20 and $250 on upholstery cleaning, which is done on a per piece basis. Obviously, this means that your overall cost is going to depend on how many pieces of furniture you are having cleaned. The same applies to the size and type of material you’re using. This is due to larger pieces taking more time, or a certain type of material requiring additional care.

Hiring a professional means you’re getting someone who will take extra precautions to avoid stains or causing additional damage to your furniture. When considering the cost of having a piece of furniture upholstered, don’t forget to consider things like complexity. A recliner, for instance, will cost more than a typical piece of furniture since it has moving parts.

Cost to clean your couch

If you need to have your loveseat, sofa, or couch cleaned, you can expect to shell out between $50 and $200. Keep in mind that the larger the couch, the more expensive it’ll be to clean. Also, remember that certain types of materials like suede or leather will cost more since they require special cleaning chemicals and processes.

When you request a quote from a professional, you can expect to have a few items included. This could include things like materials, labor, transportation, and equipment. Do some research in advance to get a good idea of what you’ll be charged to have your couch cleaned. No one likes to be surprised when an unexpected expense shows up on their bill.

How Often Should You Clean Your Furniture?

Since your furniture is more than likely going to accumulate stains and dust, it is recommended that you have it cleaned on a semi-regular basis. Having your furniture cleaned regularly helps to keep the material from breaking down and requiring additional maintenance like patching. There are a few things you can do to keep your furniture clean without calling in the professionals.

For instance, if you have removable covers on your sofa, you can take them off and run them through the wash every three or four months. You can also regularly wipe down your leather or permanent coverings to remove dirt and dust. Deeply ingrained stains and grime are going to require the help of professionals, but remember there are ways for you to keep your furniture looking healthy.

Vinyl and leather

Your leather furniture, in particular, will require special attention, so be careful that you don’t do damage that can’t be fixed when cleaning it. Check the tag on the back of your furniture to make sure you’re not using a product that might ruin it.

When cleaning your vinyl or leather upholstery, keep in mind that there are certain approaches you might want to take. For leather, you’ll want to use saddle soap, a damp cloth, and a leather cleaner to treat stains. You should also condition the leather every once in a while to keep it looking shiny.

For vinyl, use specialised cleaners that indicate they are explicitly for use on vinyl. If you’re looking for a homemade option, you can use a rag with baking soda and a little dishwashing liquid. Never use oil as it will turn your vinyl hard and rough.

Fabric

Your couches and loveseats are magnets for dust, grime, and food debris. To keep them clean you want to provide regular maintenance and care. This will also keep holes and permanent stains from taking up permanent residence in your furniture.

Routine cleaning of your fabric furniture should start with a thorough vacuuming of the entire piece. Vacuum cushions and pillows and be sure to get into hard to reach spaces and crevices. Additionally, be sure to remove covers and wash them on a regular basis. If you have wood detailing on your furniture, be sure to use a special wood cleaner when dusting.

Older furniture

Antique and older furniture requires special care when cleaning. This is because some lacquer, finishes, and older furniture might be damaged if you are using today’s cleaning solutions. When cleaning aged furniture, remember to lightly dust your pieces using a mild soap and a damp cloth to get rid of dust.

Professionals recommend that if you’re going to clean your antique furniture yourself, that you steer clear of gilded gold or silver, as these products can cause damages to the surface. Remember never to use steel wool as it can cause scratches on surfaces and remove the finish from your furniture.

Spot cleaning

If you feel as though you can do it all yourself and don’t need the assistance of a professional, you can spot clean your stains on your own. Keep in mind that you could potentially wind up with the stain becoming permanently ingrained in your fabric. Your best bet for treating a stain is to take care of it as soon as possible.

When spot cleaning, be sure to clean a small, out of sight area first to make sure there are no negative effects on your fabric. Then apply the cleaning solution to a cloth and blot the stain. Once it has dried, use a vacuum or soft brush to soften the fabric if it’s rough.

When in Doubt, Call in the Professionals

As you can see the cost to clean your upholstery depends on how much you need cleaned, what type of material is being cleaned, and the age of your furniture. Of course, there are methods with which you can clean your own upholstery, but if you aren’t sure how to move forward, your best bet is to call a professional and let them treat and clean your upholstery.

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