The Top Benefits of Cleaning Your Upholstery

Upholstered furniture is the cosy backbone of a home. We curl up in our favourite chair with a hot drink and biscuit, we collapse on the sofa after a long day at work, maybe even cosy up and have a cuddle with the pets.

Running the vacuum through the house and over the carpets is a day-to-day task for most of us, but we tend to neglect our lovely sofas and chairs.  What are the top benefits of cleaning your upholstery?


Shallow as it may seem, aesthetics are important in the home! It is the one place you can decorate to your taste and fill top to bottom with your personal style, whatever that may be.

Unfortunately, no matter how stylish and pristine your home is, dull and stained furniture will bring down the overall look and feel of the home.

When dust and dirt cling to the fibres of your sofa, it can result in the upholstery looking faded and a little worse for wear. There’s nothing quite as off-putting than tatty, dirty furniture; you won’t want to sit on it and neither will your guests!

By regularly cleaning your upholstery, the colours and patterns will endure for a long time. Your furniture will look and smell fresh – perfect for lounging once more.


Clean upholstery is good for your health.

A survey conducted in 2016 by Distinctive Chesterfields found that 1 in 10 Brits never clean their sofa, and a further 20% are happy to disguise stains with a cushion or a throw. Your sofa and chairs may look clean at first glance, but it may surprise you how much can be lingering underneath.

Every time you sit on your sofa and move around, trapped dirt and dust are released into the air. This can exasperate symptoms for anyone in the household suffering from allergies or asthma. By cleaning your upholstery regularly, you will improve the air quality in your home.

Regular cleaning and dealing with spills appropriately also prevents mould growth in your upholstery. Mould spores are released when the upholstery is disturbed by movement and breathing them in can severely impact a person’s health over time.

Keep your upholstery clean and keep your family healthy!


Good quality furniture is made to last. There are pieces of antique furniture on display in stately homes that are decades or centuries old – some even dating back to the 1700’s!

This may not be an achievable feat for the average sofa, but maintaining your upholstery will extend its lifetime considerably.

  • Dealing with spills immediately will help to prevent mould and stains, keeping your upholstery healthy and fresh
  • Plumping the cushions after cleaning upholstery will help the shape stay intact for longer
  • Use wax or oil on leather furniture to prevent fading and creasing. Always check that the product is suitable for use on leather before application.

Financial benefit

At the end of the day, furniture is expensive! Anyone who has had to fill an unfurnished property will tell you that one for free.

Brand new, good quality upholstered furniture can cost anywhere between a few hundred and a few thousand pounds. Minimise the need for replacements and take care of the furniture you have now. It will save money in the future and when the time comes you want to replace furniture, you can sell on anything that is still in well-kept condition.

Instead of having upholstered furniture replaced completely, the fabric and padding can be replaced instead. You can choose new colours and patterns, and the new padding will make your furniture extra comfy again!


Despite the fact that we live in society of consumerism, people are becoming more environmentally conscious every day.

It’s much more eco-friendly to have your upholstery cleaned and restored to its original glory than it is to buy a new set of furniture. If you fancy a change of colour or pattern, your furniture can be reupholstered. This is great for a fresh look in the home, and it keeps old furniture out of the tip!


  • The cleaner your upholstery, the comfier it will be! Removing spills, regularly vacuuming and fluffing the cushions will keep your upholstery in its best condition for as long as possible.
  • It will feel much more comfortable to relax on a fresh, clean sofa than it would on a frayed sofa covered in stains.
  • Cleaning upholstery will eliminate unpleasant odours in the home by targeting the source directly.

We recommend professional upholstery cleaning at least once per year. You may require a professional clean more frequently for homes with pets and children. We would recommend professional upholstery cleaning up to twice per year for commercial properties. We have a blog HERE on XL Cleaners outlining the top four benefits of using a professional upholstery cleaning service.

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