a dog sitting on a couch after a furniture cleaning in san franciscoHow to Clean All Kinds of Upholstered Furniture

If you have ever spilled your drink all over your nice white sofa, you’re not alone. In fact, we’d argue that most San Francisco residents have soiled their upholstery at one point or another. Stains and spills happen all of the time and are very visible, but do you only clean your upholstery after an accident? If the answer to that question is a yes for you then you may have some serious problems.

Your couches, sofas, loveseats, and other furniture act as an air filter for your home. That means they collect bacteria and allergens all day every day. If you don’t clean it regularly both on your own and with a San Francisco furniture cleaning service, your furniture and health could be at risk. As one of the best upholstery cleaners in the Bay area, we put together a quick guide to show you the best upholstery cleaning practices in 2021.

Part 1: Cleaning a Fabric Sofa

It’s rare to find a home that doesn’t have a fabric sofa or chair. There are a few approaches you can take regularly and at larger intervals or when a spill occurs. Each of them will involve the following:

Using a Dry Brush

Sometimes all you need is to brush some crumbs or dirt to the floor using a dry brush. It’s important to catch it in something or vacuum/sweep the floor immediately after.


Who doesn’t love seeing a freshly vacuumed couch? This will be more effective than the dry brush to get a more powerful clean. 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 the Removable Covers

Your couch may have a removable cover that can be washed in your laundry machine without a problem. If yours has these covers, be sure to check for the specific washing instructions for that material.

Use Baking Soda to Remove Some Odors

Let’s face it, your upholstery sees a lot of butts throughout the day. Between that and the staining from food, it’s pretty clear to see why your couch might have an odor issue. Sprinkling some baking soda on the fabric couch can be a great way to remove odors and loosen stains, before vacuuming it up. You can also 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.

Of course, stains and odors from pet stains will need something stronger. Learn more about the Chem-Dry Pet Urine Removal Treatment that has been proven to remove virtually any pet stain from upholstery.

Part 2: Maintaining Leather Furniture

Please don’t fall for the trap of thinking that leather is easy to clean. We’re not saying don’t buy leather furniture, but just don’t do it if you think it’s more simple to clean than a fabric couch. Leather is a tricky material that can dry out easily after an improper cleaning. If you want to buy, or currently have a leather couch or chair, follow these steps to keep it clean safely.

Wipe Up Spills Immediately

Use a soft and absorbent towel or cloth to lower your risk of scratching the leather surface.

Move it Out of Direct Sunlight

Your leather can bake in the sun. You need to be sure you place it in the right spot to avoid sun damage that will greatly lower the value and look of the leather.

In truth, you’re going to need a professional leather cleaner to really keep leather clean the right way. You can trust the team here at North American Chem-Dry of San Francisco’s leather furniture cleaning service to get the job done right for you.

Green Furniture Cleaning in San Francisco

The Chem-Dry team is ready to get your furniture looking and feeling as fresh as ever. We use safe and non-toxic ingredients as part of our low water, green-certified upholstery cleaning process. Don’t mistake safe and non-toxic for ineffective. An independent study found that the cleaning method we use here can remove an average of 98.6% of common bacteria and allergens from upholstered furniture. So if you’re looking for a more natural furniture cleaning in San Francisco, CA, give us a call today at 415-751-3379!