How to Sanitize Upholstery

If you have recently purchased used furniture or have grandma’s old chair sitting in the basement that you have been meaning to freshen up and put in your home, you will want to sanitize it to make sure it is free from any yucky thing that may be living in it. The task may seem overwhelming or impossible, but it is actually quite simple to sanitize upholstered furniture.

How to Sanitize Upholstery Here’s How to Sanitize Upholstery

There are a few different ways to disinfect upholstery. You can purchase one of the many disinfectant sprays in the cleaning aisle of the store, you can make your own disinfectant spray at home with green and safe products, and/or you can call a professional upholstery cleaner. Whether you should choose to sanitize on your own or call in a professional to help will depend upon the overall condition of the furniture.  

DIY disinfecting attempts should only be used on furniture that has a very minimal level of soil/debris/smell. When using a store-bought disinfecting spray make sure to read the label carefully word for word to ensure it will be safe on the type of fabric on your furniture. Additionally, look for the care label on your furniture; it usually can be found on a hidden seam of the seat cushion or the bottom/underside of the seat portion. Start by testing a small area, and if it works then you are good to go using it on the entire piece of furniture. Spray the seat cushions separately while pulled out of the furniture and allow them to air dry sitting out on their own.  

If you would like to try for a green homemade disinfectant spray you can mix equal parts of vodka and water in a spray bottle. Vodka is a natural sanitizer and deodorizer (once it is dry)  and is very gentle on most fabrics. Before using this spray all over the upholstery make sure to do a test on a small unseen area first. If you would like to add a scent to the spray lavender essential oil, a few drops of lemon juice or peppermint essential oil are good choices.  

For furniture that has been sitting in storage for a long time, came from an unknown source, is covered in pet hair, or has a very strong odor, it is wise to call a professional upholstery cleaner. Professional cleaning equipment can get deep below the surface and into the cushions safely without damaging the furniture. Once the item is deeply cleaned a stain guard can be applied to help protect the piece from stains.  

For upholstery cleaning in Mountlake Terrace and surrounding areas you can trust make an appointment online or over the phone with All Kleen 


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