5 Upholstery Cleaning Hacks | How to Clean Upholstery at Home

These upholstery cleaning hacks are all you need to make your upholstered furniture new again.

Cleaning upholstery can be a difficult task especially when you have to do it all alone. You usually don’t clean your upholstery until it becomes necessary for a holiday or festive cleaning. We’re certain that cleaning upholstery becomes even more difficult with a pile of dust and dirt. Not every cleaning product is for all upholstery type, and you can’t wash them all with water. So what is the solution to a maximum number of the upholstery cleaning problems?

Of course, you don’t wish to spend all your time cleaning upholstery. We came up with these 5 easy hacks that you can use for this job. These hacks are sure to cut the time spent on cleaning and instead enjoy outside with your kids and nature. Read the whole article and then decide which hack suits you the best!

1. Remove Carpet Stains

There are two alternatives that you can try to remove tough stains from your carpet. We have no clue for which one is the best, you can try the trial and error method.

  • First Method: With An Iron

You’ll need an iron, vinegar, water, and a spray bottle. For this, add water and vinegar in 2:1 ratio in the spray bottle and spray it on the stain. To create a secure layer between the carpet and the iron, lay a damp rag over the stain. Finally, iron the rag for about half a minute and 1 minute for stubborn stains. When done pull up the rag and the stain must have been gone. If not satisfied, try this for a few more times, and you must get the desired results.

  • Second Method: With Hydrogen Peroxide

Get a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, water, lemon essential oil, and scrub brush. You only need the bottle to contain 1/3 of hydrogen peroxide solution. Always to use a dark colored bottle or container as light colored ones can break and neutralize the solution. Fill the rest of the bottle with water and add 5-6 drops of lemon essential oil. Once done, spray the stain with this solution and use a scrub brush to tease the fibers. You’ll notice the stains to come out, rub the area with a rag to eliminate the presence or any liquid.

2. Clean Microfiber Couch

Get rid of stains and marks on your microfiber couch with just a bottle of rubbing alcohol. Spray some amount of rubbing alcohol onto the affected area and rub it hard with using a sponge. Be sure to use a white sponge to avoid any accidental color transfer scenario.

3. Clean Car Seats

If you have kids, you probably know the pain of dirty car seats. Even if not kids, adults can also accidentally make the car seats dirty. Just prepare a solution with rubbing alcohol, vinegar, and essential oils to clean the seats as new. Equal parts of rubbing alcohol and vinegar and 4 drops of essential oil would do. Spray the cleaner solution onto the spot and leave it for 2 minutes. Scrub vigorously with a sponge and the stains will vanish!

4. Pet Hair Off Of Upholstery

Get a lot of embedded hair of your pets out of upholstery by using just a squeegee and a spray bottle full of water. You might be clear about the steps, spray some water on the seat and rub with a squeegee to finish the work.

5. Get Rid Of Bad Odors

Bad odors can be upsetting especially when it comes from your couch, bed or any other upholstery. Just sprinkle some baking soda onto the area and leave it for 20 minutes, then vacuum it. We do have a detailed tutorial on how you can get rid of bad smells and stains from your mattress, which you can see here.

Note: All these hacks are trusted and tried by many but to be on the safer side, before trying the hack check it on an inconspicuous place. 


  1. Can I ask why you suggest essential lemon oil to be added n the cleaning solution? Does it have cleaning properties or it just for a fresh odor? Because if it is for a clean smell,can another scent be used? Thank you for the helpful advise. Barb

    • Hi Barbara
      Lemon and all other citrus essential oils have disinfectant and cleaning properties, and that’s why it is preferable to use them for cleaning chores. You can also combine a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a mild scent.
      However, if you don’t wish to use lemon essential oil, you can use tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint, orange, lavender, etc.. All these essential oils have disinfectant properties.


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