upholstry-picUpholstery Clean Methods Currently Used by Cleaning Professionals


Because of the inconsistency in soiling, age and manufacturing of upholstery fabric; as well as the inconsistancy of equipment, tools, cleaning agents and skill level of cleaning technicians; none of the listed methods are considered fool proof or safe at all times.

Even the most experienced cleaning professional is vulnerable to new fabrics. Which may look great  in the showroom, but can easily damage by usually reliable tools and cleaning systems!

Test every fabric that will be cleaned, with the product or products that you intend to use. Practice these methods on cushions discarded by an upholsterer and continue to practice until you feel skilled. Then still test!

When your couch has suffered one too many spills, it may be time to call in a professional upholstery cleaning service.

When considering a professional service, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) recommends looking for the following:

  1. Technicians should be courteous. They should be willing to take the time to pre-inspect upholstery in all areas that need cleaning. They should identify the fabric’s construction (plain, twill, satin, pile weave) and fiber content (Silk wool, cotton, nylon, polyester, acrylic, olefin or blends), and evaluate and recommend an appropriate cleaning method and procedure based on the fabric’s age. Trained, conscientious technicians are the key to quality cleaning; not a particular method, machine or process.
  2. You have a right to expect an itemized listing of services, along with firm prices, before technicians begin work. While they may offer added services at additional cost, you never should feel pressured to accept anything more than the services you request and authorize.
  3. All cleaning, specialty agents and equipment are to be used in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations; and appropriate safety and environmental regulations.
  4. Firms should offer workmanship guarantees in writing. Fabric age, fiber type, and construction, as well as furniture use and maintenance, may present circumstances beyond a technician’s control; however, responsible workmanship is implicit in any work that is performed.

Procedure Checklist

  1. Fabrics and fibers should be identified, where possible; before cleaning agents or processes are used. Furthermore, when a cleaning agent or process is selected, test in an inconspicuous area. This ensures that it does not adversely affect upholstery fibers, dyes or fabrics.
  2. Thoroughly vacuum before other cleaning is performed, regardless of the method used. With special emphasis on vacuuming arms, seat cushions and other areas where soil accumulates.
  3. Special attention to spots or stains should be included in normal cleaning. However, time-consuming specialized spotting or prolonged effort on color-added stains may require additional charges. Technicians should advise you of additional charges before attempting extensive spotting or color repair.
  4. Preconditioning heavily soiled areas normally will be included in the cost of cleaning. However, the overall job cost may increase in heavy soiling situations. You will be advised in advance of the need for increased charges.
  5. It is the technician’s responsibility, with your cooperation; to help ensure that upholstery has dried and returned to normal use within a reasonable time. Rapid drying of fabrics is essential; however, drying time varies with different fiber types and cleaning methods, the amount of moisture used and climatic conditions. Under no circumstances should drying time exceed six (6) hours. Again, the need for customer cooperation in providing continuous airflow or ventolation to expedite drying is vital.
  6. Make effort to physically remove as much soil as practical from the fabric; without changing the appearance, color or texture.
  7. Technicians should take the required measures to leave the fabric as chemical residue free as possible, to help prevent abnormal resoiling.


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This information is based on the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) S300 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Upholstery Cleaning.

For more information, visit the IICRC at upholstery cleaners auckland