Is there any safe way to have upholstered furniture cleaned?


Is there any safe way to have upholstered furniture cleaned?

Asked by Liz Wells

Have upholstered furniture that has suffered years of pets and kids. Needs some serious cleaning. Don't know about some of these companies that advertise steam cleaning or ecofriendly chemical cleaning. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS's picture

Dear Liz,

Finding legitimate eco-friendly upholstery cleaners can be challenging because they are typically usingprivate label (and proprietary) cleaning solutions. So the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) may not list all the ingredients, butit is still worth asking for the MSDS.

There is a non-profit trade association, the International Institute of InspectionCleaning and Restoration Certification ( that certifies upholstery cleaners and develops and setsstandard for the entire inspection, cleaning and restoration industries.

  • You can go to their website and type in yourzip code to find certified members.
  • Once you find members it is a matter of interviewing them regarding their use ofenvironmentally friendly products.

Good Luck!

For more information:

Read "Can you recommend a nontoxic fabric treatment to protect my ivory couch from stains?" a Q&A answered by Mary Cordaro.