Furniture Cleaning Tips from Bellingham Upholstery CleanersUpholstery Cleaning for All Furniture Types

Everybody spills something on their couch. It’s just a fact of life, especially when you have kids or pets. And even if you are careful and manage to avoid big disasters and small spills, cleaning furniture thoroughly is an important task that many people forget about. In fact, you may not even realize how much dust and allergens have built up in your upholstery — and of course, these thing could be contributing negatively to your health.

Professional upholstery cleanings are the best way to eradicate dust and allergens, but proper maintenance in between cleanings is also essential. Learning how to clean your upholstery regularly and thoroughly will help you live a happier and healthier life. Here is a guide to everything you need to know about furniture and upholstery cleaning for each type of furniture.

What is the Best Way to Clean a Fabric Sofa?

Fabric sofas are going to require a combination of small and large tasks. None of them are particularly difficult, and the children in your home can complete most of them. Here are just a few things you and your family should be doing regularly.

Dry brush

Sometimes removing dirt and crumbs can be as simple as using a dry brush to loosen and sweep it off. Be sure to lay down something to catch the debris, or vacuum after.


A vacuum also works wonders on a fabric couch. Without having to get into water and water-based solutions, you can utilize a hand-held vacuum to clean and get into the nooks and crannies.

Wash covers

The benefit of some fabric furniture is that it has covers that you can simply unzip and wash in a regular machine. If yours has these covers, be sure to check for the specific washing instructions for that material. Nothing is worse than a cover that shrunk or gets discolored due to improper washing.

Use baking soda

Baking soda is a great odor neutralizer for fabrics and it’s found in almost any home. You can even use it to create a solution for a deeper clean or spot clean, with equal parts baking soda and water. Take care using baking soda on some upholstered surfaces like microfiber and leather.

Learn more about the professional fabric upholstery cleaning techniques we use here at John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County.

How to Properly Maintain Your Leather Furniture

Many people love the durability of leather furniture, as well as the perception that it is easy to clean. However, most common upholstery cleaning products will break down leather finishes and could cause permanent damage. It may surprise you to know that a lot of professional services use these poor-quality products and end up ruining your leather. To help you avoid that, here are some tips for maintaining leather furniture:

Wipe up spills as quickly as possible

Be sure to use towels or cloths that are soft and absorbent to lessen the potential for scratching the leather.

Keep it away from sunlight and ventilation

The placement of your leather furniture is more important than you think. Things such as sunlight or being placed directly next to an air-conditioning vent can age the leather much quicker.

The only way to ensure that your leather is treated properly and protected from damage is to get it professionally cleaned by the right kind of service. Learn more about how we do leather cleaning and restoration the right way.

Bellingham Upholstery Cleaning The Natural Way

Whatever the nature of your furniture, Chem-Dry can help to deep clean, restore, and protect your furniture against future damage. And we do it completely naturally. Our process is non-toxic and free of harmful chemicals that are used in many other cleaning products and processes. 

If you need professional upholstery cleaning, give the team here at John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County a call!