How Much Does Furniture Upholstery Cleaning Cost?

Becca Stokes
Written by Becca Stokes
Reviewed by Asya Biddle
Updated December 17, 2021
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Expect to spend between $10 and $300 when you clean your furniture upholstery

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When it comes to the list of tasks that need to be done around the house, cleaning our furniture upholstery can typically fall by the wayside. Never fear: When you’re ready to finally check this one off your list, knowing some key factors like the type of material you want to clean, the age of the piece, and the soil level can help you break down how much it will cost to clean your furniture upholstery.

How Much Does It Cost to Clean Furniture Upholstery Near You?

Hiring a professional to clean your furniture upholstery is a smart investment if you have furnishings you hope to keep in good shape for a long time to come. The cost of hiring a professional changes depending on where you live.

“By hiring a professional upholstery cleaning company to clean your furniture, it will extend the life of the furniture and help to remove stains, scents, and bacteria from the fabric of the furniture,” says Asya Biddle, Angi Expert Review Board member and manager of The Dust Busters janitorial company in Williamsport, PA.

National Average for Furniture Upholstery Cleaning

The national average most people spend cleaning their furniture upholstery is $160. Variables that can affect this number include the material type and furniture size.

High End vs. Low End

Chairs are smaller and, depending on the material, can be cleaned for between $10 and $50. At the higher end of the scale, expect to spend up to $300 to have the upholstery cleaned on larger items like old family sofas.

Furniture Upholstery Cleaning Cost by City

  • Boston: $175

  • Baltimore: $205

  • Chicago: $155

  • Denver: $145

  • Houston: $200

  • Juno, AK: $165

  • Los Angeles: $185

  • Miami: $185

  • New York: $200

  • Omaha, NE: $160

  • Seattle: $185

What Furniture Upholstery Can I Get Cleaned on My Budget?

Your budget is key when it comes to just how clean you can make your furnishings. While a smaller budget will get you started, more money is required for larger jobs.

$100

While this might not seem like a large enough budget, depending on where you live and the types of material you’re cleaning, you can easily manage to clean one to three chairs if you do so yourself. To hire a local upholstery cleaner in your area would be difficult at this price point.

$200

This number makes hiring a professional furniture upholstery cleaner a reality. Furniture upholstery cleaning professionals charge between $50 for a loveseat and $200 for a sofa on average.

$500

At this budget, you can expect to have an entire room of furniture cleaned by a professional.

$5,000

This level of budget isn’t necessary unless you are operating a large house used for public events.

How Much Does It Cost to Clean Furniture Upholstery Yourself?

Most people tackling this project themselves find that they spend between $120 and $220. A few different factors affect the budget:

Cleaning Products

The biggest expense when it comes to cleaning your own furniture upholstery is investing in the right cleaning products for the job. A 20-ounce bottle of cleaning fluid costs $14 on average.

Volume

If you are cleaning more than just a chair or two, you’ll wind up buying more bottles of cleaning fluid. It is important to remember that different materials used in furniture upholstery may require different types of cleaner.

Soil Levels

Cleaning up the upholstery on your new leather chair from daily wear and tear is a lot easier than cleaning up the couch that your grandmother got from her grandmother, that's been sitting in the garage since you were 8. Spot cleaning machines that are perfect for that deep down-grime cost about $120.

Upholstery cleaner being used on a couch
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How Much Does It Cost to Clean Furniture Upholstery by Type?

The material you’re working with can affect your price and cleaning method as well.

Leather

The average cost to have a piece of leather furniture cleaned is between $175 and $195. It might sound steeper than you planned but remember, with regular care and maintenance, a piece of leather furniture can last and look great for years to come.

Wool, Cotton, and Polyester

Wool, cotton, and polyester are some of the most common materials used as furniture upholstery. They are popular for many reasons, including the fact that they are relatively easy for professionals to clean using the traditional and standard hot water extraction method, which costs $160 on average.

Silk

Extremely delicate fabrics like silk cost a little bit more to have cleaned because they require extra careful handling. The average cost to have silk furniture cleaned is between $180 and $230.

FAQs About Furniture Upholstery Cleaning

How do I steam clean my own furniture upholstery?

Prepare your upholstery by vacuuming it clean. Pretreat any stains with a professional stain fighter or your own solution of dish soap and water. Pre-condition the fabric with the products of your choice, be sure to include a shampoo. 

Start steam cleaning with the cushions, then tackle the rest of the chair. Make sure you leave plenty of time to let it dry.

What should I consider when hiring a pro to clean my furniture upholstery?

As with any home project, make sure you don’t hire the first person you call about the job, at least not at first. You will want to get at least three quotes and vet pros by asking for references, reading online reviews, and finding out what types of furniture upholstery they deal with the most often.

What other projects should I do at the same time?

When you’re taking the time to have your furniture upholstery cleaned, it is a good time to tackle another cleaning project: carpet cleaning. Since you’ll already be moving furniture in and out of the room for cleaning, it’s a good time to call in a local carpet cleaning pro to take a look. While you’re at it you might also want to spend time with a local drapery cleaning company or a pro who cleans window treatments.

What is steam cleaning, and how much does it cost?

Steam cleaning your furniture is a popular method used by most professional services. It’s a great way to get out stains and messes gently. It is covered by the professional furniture upholstery cleaner’s rate average of $150 to $250.

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