How to Make the Most of Your Upholstery

Whether it’s in your living room, your office, or your car, keeping your upholstery clean and well-kept can be quite a chore. It seems like any little thing can go wrong with it, turning your living room centerpiece from a place of comfort to an annoying eyesore. Maybe you found a stain that seems like it’ll be around longer than our solar system’s star or a faded pattern that now looks a lot more like dirt than paisley. Whatever your upholstery problems may be, I’ve compiled a list of things you can do to keep your upholstery looking clean, fresh, and comfortable.

DIY Cleaner

Stains, ground in dirt, and dust can all take a piece of upholstery from “new” to “yard sale” in seconds. One of the crucial steps to keeping your upholstery looking good is regular cleaning. If those stains have sat there so long that you can’t imagine the couch without it, you might need to go out and grab some heavy duty stuff. However, if you catch the stains within a reasonable amount of time (reasonable, to me, meaning within a year) you can usually get them out fairly easily with a little bit of homemade cleaning spray. Just grab a spray bottle and fill it with half rubbing alcohol and half white vinegar. If you don’t want your house smelling like a dentist’s waiting room, feel free to put a few drops of essential oils in there to make everything smell like lavender, citrus, or any scent your olfactory sense desires.

Fabric Dye

Alright, you tried the cleaning spray. It….worked? Kind of? But the upholstery still looks older than the American Dream. Time to try some fabric dye. You can grab a color similar to the old color, or feel free to cover it up with a brand new flair. Luckily, these dyes are strong enough to cover up whatever leftover stains, faded colors, and regret was on the upholstery before, so I usually like to switch it up. Choose a spray from Fabric Spray and start getting some new vibrant colors in your life!

Baking Soda

You cleaned all the dust and dirt off with your trusty spray, the scent of lavender essential oil is wafting through your house, and your sofa is covered in brand new bright red paint drying. You turn your eye to your office chair and realize you missed a little stain. As you kneel down to scrub it, you realize your office chair has absorbed many different smells over the years, none of which are pleasant. Don’t think about it. Just toss some Baking Soda on there for twenty or thirty minutes, come back to vacuum it off, and we’ll never talk about it again.


Do you really want to keep scrubbing out all of these stains? Consider waterproofing your upholstery to make the cleaning process twice as quick and easy. There are plenty of upholstery waterproofing products out there, but I personally recommend the sprays. They’re just easy. I like easy.


So as you’ve probably discovered, taking care of your upholstery is no walk in the park. There are plenty of ways to keep it all looking fresh and clean, and all of these techniques will work on your sofas, chairs, couches, car seats, office chairs, and any other upholstery you have. However, if it all just sounds like a lot of work to you, you can give up on the whole regular maintenance of your belongings thing and just grab a cover for it all! Covers catch all the dust, grime, and potential stains. Before you go wrap all your furniture in plastic, check out some of the washable covers. They’re more comfortable, they fit right in the wash, and they look a whole lot more aesthetically pleasing than mountains of non-biodegradable plastic engulfing all your furniture.