How much does it cost to clean furniture upholstery?
Upholstered furniture is both stylish and functional, but it can be more difficult to clean than other types of furniture. In this cost guide, we’ll look at the cost of cleaning various types of upholstered furniture. On average, it costs $50-$80 to clean one piece of upholstered furniture. Although there are options and products available to clean the furniture yourself, some items (such as older or more delicate pieces) should be cleaned by professionals. The biggest factor in the cost of cleaning upholstery is the size of the piece of furniture, since pieces that are larger and more elaborate cost more money to clean.
Type of furniture
- Sofa: $80-$120 (larger sofas are on the higher end of the price range)
- Loveseat: $50-$60 (add $20-$30 for a recliner)
- Armchair: $30-$40
- Dining chair: $35-$45
- Recliner: $40-$50
- Ottoman: $30-$50
Type of material
Most furniture pieces come with a coded tag with cleaning instructions. These labels will help your cleaning service know how to best clean your furniture.
- Code W is for man-made fabrics, including nylon, polyester, and acetate, and can be cleaned with water-based cleaners. In general, these materials fall at the lower end of the price range for the furniture type.
- Code S is for organic fabrics, including cotton, rayon, silk, wool, denim, and velour that can be cleaned with solvent-based cleaners. In general, these items fall in the middle or the higher end of the price range because the cleaners are more expensive.
- Code X is for fabrics that must be professionally cleaned.
- Code W/S is for pieces that have a mixture of organic and manmade fabric and can be cleaned with either type of cleaner.
- Vinyl 1 and leather items require special treatments and cleaning solutions, putting them at the highest end of the price range for each piece of furniture.
Type of cleaning
- Steam cleaning: the traditional steam cleaning method soaks the upholstery with water and a cleaning agent, scrubs out the dirt and stains, and then lets the furniture air dry or uses a vacuum to remove the excess water.
- Chemical cleaning: this method involves less water and a more concentrated and pressurized chemical treatment that results in faster dry times. However, it can be difficult to use the chemical cleaning process on older or bulkier pieces of furniture.
- Steam and chemical cleaning generally cost the same amount, which typically falls into the price ranges above depending on the type of furniture.
- Stain removal: furniture with heavy staining, such as from pets or children, will require a pre-treatment service. This cost depends on the size and intensity of the stain, but can typically add $25-$75 to the total cleaning cost per item.
Enhancement and improvement costs
- Many cleaners and furniture stores offer a protective sealant to prevent future stains. This service averages $75-$150, depending on the size of the furniture. DIY products, such as ScotchGuard, average $10-$20.
- Furniture pieces that are older or more delicate may require more cleaning work and time, which can increase the price by up to 25%.
Additional considerations and costs
- Most professionals recommend cleaning your furniture once a year. However, if you have pets that shed, you should have your upholstered furniture cleaned more often. Also, furniture that is used more often or in higher-traffic areas may need to be cleaned more frequently.
- Many cleaning companies offer a discount if you have multiple pieces of furniture cleaned at the same time.
- Many DIY upholstery cleaning products exist, which can save you lots of money. Check the tag of the furniture first to see about special treatment recommendations (some pieces are marked with “dry clean only”, which requires a special cleaning agent). Cleaning solutions average $10-$25. You can also rent a cleaning system from a store kiosk for around $40-$60 per day.