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Understanding the Costs of Upholstery Cleaning for Your Home

Understanding upholstering cleaning cost helps you make the right decisions for the sofas, loveseats and chairs in your home.

A thorough understanding of upholstery cleaning expenses is key to making well-considered decisions for the cherished furniture in your home.

A Clean, Engaging Atmosphere is Important

While a lot of us would probably like to say that we don’t judge based on appearances, the truth is that even the most well-meaning, understanding person is bound to come to conclusions based on what they see–it’s just human nature! The interior of our homes does not define us, but sometimes when Karen-from-three-houses-down comes to chat, it would really be nice if the sofa wasn’t drowning in dog hair. 

The truth is, dirty furniture is kind-of a turn off. To keep your home an inviting place for family and guests, you need regular upholstery cleaning services you can trust, which makes understanding the costs that come with cleaning critical. In this article, we’ll take a look at the factors involved in determining upholstery cleaning costs, as well as show you how we calculate cleaning prices to ensure that you have the tools to make well-informed decisions.

How to Know Whether to Clean Your Upholstery or Replace It

The first issue that comes up when dealing with furniture cleaning is determining whether you should have the furniture cleaned, or just replace it. There are many variables that affect this decision, the age of the furniture, levels of damage, your overall attachment to the piece, but ultimately, it’s up to you. If your furniture is relatively new, or has sentimental value for you, then cleaning is a worthwhile investment, but if your furniture is excessively damaged, smelly, or old, it might be worth just replacing.

Is the Fabric of Your Furniture Able to be Cleaned?

For clarification, one of the factors that does not affect whether you should clean or replace your furniture is whether or not the fabric is cleanable. There is no such thing as fabric that cannot be cleaned.

How We Address the Issue

Once we determine the state of the piece, and understand your expectations for the finished product, we will be as transparent as possible about the best route to take. You’ll have the opportunity to decide if cleaning is the right step for your beloved furniture.

How to Calculate the Cost

Here we’ve compiled a list of the our costs for different fabrics and pieces of furniture to help you have an understanding of what cleaning will take:

  • Cotton, wool and velvet = $35 per linear foot
  • Silk, hand-painted delicate fabrics = $40 per linear foot. (These fabrics are required to be cleaned in our facility due to the cleaning process and delicacy of the fabric.)
  • Chairs such as wingback, recliners, barrel chairs, etc. = $115-$150, depending on the size.
  • Dining room chairs = $25-$115 each, depending on the size of the chair, amount of fabric and type of fabric.
  • Cushions and throw pillows = $15-$75 each, depending on the size. (A standard sofa seat cushion is around $45.)

When doing the actual math of furniture cleaning costs, there are two factors to consider:

  1. Fabric type.
  2. Length or size of the piece.

Check out this example for a sofa, sectional, or loveseat cleaning:

  • Flat-weave/napped fabrics = $32 per linear foot. (Measurements are taken from the length of the sofa from outer-arm to outer-arm.) Typically made of a synthetic fiber, it has a bumpy texture and feels like a soft plastic.

For a sofa measuring 7′ – the standard size – your costs would look like this:

  • 7 x $32 = $224, with pick-up and delivery or cleaned in your home.

If you bring it into our facility, you’ll save 20%, which, in this case, would knock $45 off your bill.

Factors That Will Affect Upholstery Cleaning Costs

The costs up above aren’t necessarily set in stone, as there are other factors to consider when figuring what the total cost of your cleaning will be. Here are four additional variables to consider:

  •  The type of fiber (silk, synthetic, cotton).
  • The type of process it needs (water or dry cleaning).
  • The type of damage (smoke, mold, mildew, urine).
  • The color-safeness.


Remember that sectionals, sofas, loveseats, chairs, ottomans, dining chairs, cushions or any other item of furniture need to be cleaned on a regular basis–especially if they’ve endured a household full of pets and children. Despite the variables for furniture cleaning costs, a residential upholstery cleaning company with years of experience cleaning all kinds of furniture has the ability to “ballpark” some basic costs.

Is it Worth It?

Your furniture is an expensive investment; we won’t deny that cleaning isn’t always cheap. You may look at your sofa, the one that’s been in the family for three years and looks three times that age, and wonder, “is this even worth it?”

The truth of the matter is that the worth of cleaning your furniture is relative to the value you place in it. If the cleanliness and longevity of your furniture is really important to you, then a professional cleaning might be just what the doctor ordered. However, if the price makes you hesitate and you aren’t sure that you’re quite attached enough to that old chair to pay to have it cleaned in favor of simply getting rid of it, cleaning might not be the best choice for you.

Turning to Expert Furniture Cleaning Services Makes all the Difference

When it comes to maintaining the cleanliness and longevity of your furniture, choosing the right upholstery cleaning service is crucial. 

By choosing HammondKnoll, you’re not just opting for a cleaning service; you’re investing in quality, reliability, and peace of mind. Contact us today for exceptional service, or click here to learn more about our ethos and services.