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Upholstery Cleaning

You've Got Questions, Our Experts Have The Answers

  • Why should I get upholstered furniture cleaned?

    Having upholstered furniture professionally cleaned eliminates odors, removes spots and helps extend the life of your furniture.
  • Is professional upholstery cleaning expensive?

    Professional upholstery cleaning is just pennies compared to the cost of replacing worn furniture that hasn’t been maintained. Call today to get an estimate from one of our professionals.
  • How long does it take to get my upholstered furniture professionally cleaned?

    Total cleaning time depends on the cleaning process used and the amount of time needed for the upholstery to dry. The technician will give you an estimated cleaning time prior to service.
  • Will a professional upholstery cleaning be disruptive to my family?

    The team at ServiceMaster Clean will work with you to schedule a time convenient for you. Our technician will inform you of estimated drying times.
  • Can I use household cleaners for spot removal?

    Because upholstered fabrics are often more delicate, we recommend using only ServiceMaster Clean products applied with specified cleaning methods. For more information, contact your local ServiceMaster Clean professional.
  • How often do I need to get my upholstered furniture professionally cleaned?

    Furniture manufacturers typically recommend having upholstered pieces professionally cleaned every 12 to 24 months.
  • When will I be able to use my furniture after a professional cleaning?

    Depending on the cleaning method we use, drying time differs. The average drying time is anywhere from 1 to 6 hours.
  • Will there be an odor?

    Depending on the type of upholstery, you may notice a faint scent. The amount of time it takes for the odor to dissipate is usually within an hour but varies based on air circulation, heat and humidity

But what about the dirt you can’t see?

Over time, fabric furnishings in your home can accumulate dirt and show signs of wear. ServiceMaster of Charleston professionals are experts at selecting the correct cleaning system for various fabric types and soil conditions. Sofas and chairs in a home often see a lot of love and use, and thus show soil and dirt quickly. You may not be concerned about stains on your upholstery.Although not often visible to the naked eye, upholstery collects contaminants such as dead skin cells, oils and dust that can only be removed through a thorough professional cleaning. ServiceMaster Clean® professionals are experts at selecting the correct cleaning system for various fabric types and soil conditions


  • Is safe for all kinds of upholstery and fabrics

  • Is non-toxic to family and pets

  • Removes stains and spots already present

  • Reduces the effects of wear on furniture

  • Helps extend the life of upholstery

  • Helps eliminate persistent odors


When cleaning upholstery, our technicians use specially designed products, equipment and methods to achieve the best results.


A technician will conduct a preliminary inspectionof your upholstery to determine the best cleaning method


We pre-treat spots and stains using our proprietary cleaning products or manufacturer-recommended products to accelerate soil release


The upholstery is rinse-extracted using a specially formulated pH-balancing fiber rinse that helps to remove the cleaning solution residue.


If the pre-treatment doesn’t remove all spots, we use various techniques in attempt to remove them.


  • Avoid direct sunlight.

  • Pump up cushions often.

  • Rotate cushions often.

  • Vacuum on a regular basis to remove dust and loose dirt.

  • Couches and chairs with removable covers can be washed in the washing machine or dry cleaned.

  • To remove a spill, blot liquids with a dry, white absorbent cloth or plain white paper towels.

  • Start at the outside of the spot and continue toward the center to prevent the stain from spreading.

  • Pretest your chosen cleaner on a hidden area of your upholstery.

  • Apply a small amount of the cleaner or white vinegar to a white cloth and work in gently.

  • Vacuum on a regular basis to remove dust and loose dirt.