Cleaning your upholstery can be a little daunting if you’ve never done it before. After all, the last thing you want is to ruin all your living room decor and have to start replacing things. That being said, although upholstery cleaning is a challenge, it’s one that anyone can master with the right information. That’s what we’re going to be helping with today in this list of our top three upholstery cleaning tips.

Always Check The Label

It sounds obvious, but you’d be amazed how many people forget this simple step. For any product you try to clean, the best information will always be on the label. Some will come with detailed cleaning instructions, while others may just tell you what type of material you’re working with.

In the latter case, google really is your friend. Look up the material you’re working with and see what other people have found works best. After all, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.

Never Rub

When you’re trying to get a particularly difficult stain out, it can be very tempting to rub at the fabric. This is always a bad idea.

If there’s one rule that everyone should know about upholstery cleaning it’s to always blot and never rub. Rubbing can damage the fibres and potentially spread the stain without making things any better. Blotting, on the other hand, while not universally effective, will more often than not have the desired effect so long as you’re using the right cleaning agents.

Before And After

Another thing people often get hung up on when it comes to upholstery cleaning is the cleaning process itself, but equally important is what you do before and after. Making sure to start by vacuuming the fabric you’re working with and finish by giving it a good dry might seem boring, but the truth is that it can make all the difference in the world. These two steps are just as important and, if overlooked, can leave your upholstery looking worse than it did already.

When you get right down to it, the best advice we can give is to always take care when cleaning upholstery. Fabrics are delicate and even small amounts of damage can build up in the long run. While it might seem a little slower, care and caution will be your friend every time and will help you to preserve that material for as long as you possibly can.