Avoiding Mistakes Cleaning Upholstery

Upholstery is one of the most common household and workplace cleaning items, and at ProKleen, upholstery cleaning is a big part of our janitorial service. Our professionals can help you clean and restore upholstery after even the worst stains.

What if you’re dealing with a more minor cleaning project that might not require commercial cleaning services? A basic cleaning of upholstery is something home and business owners can take care of themselves, but you also need to take heed of a few basic warnings. Let’s look at common mistakes people make here, and how you can avoid them.

Manufacturer Guidelines

When you first purchased any upholstery, you were likely advised on what sort of maintenance guidelines you should be following to keep the items in top condition. These are designed to help you take preventive measures to avoid wear and tear, and to avoid unnecessary damage. If they’re not followed, you could make a costly error that damages the upholstery.

Wrong Products

There are some products that can help remove stains from upholstery, but you have to take special care to use the right product. Many household cleaners and detergents are too harsh for things like a sofa, mattress or even some carpets. Strong chemicals like bleach might do more harm than good. Make sure to read labels carefully, and consult our professionals if you’re unsure about a given product.

No Testing

Down similar lines, testing a cleaning product before use is a must. Find a section of the upholstery that isn’t commonly visible – the underside of a couch, for instance. Spray a bit of the chemical there first, and see how it reacts with the product. This will give you a hint of how the entire piece will react.

Soaking With Water

One of the largest individual mistakes you can make while cleaning upholstery is soaking dirty items in water. Excess water will prevent upholstery from drying properly, and will likely lead to mold. Even if the surface seems dry, water can collect in the padding and remain for days.


Most of all, don’t make the mistake of turning an upholstery issue into something more serious. If you know for certain how to correct a minor issue then that’s great, but if you’re guessing at any part of the solution, speak to our professional cleaners for the proper guidance before you do anything else.

For more information on upholstery cleaning, or to learn about our other cleaning services, speak to the experts at ProKleen today.