Upholstery Care Tips
Cleaning your upholstery on your own can be challenging. There's a lot of room for error due to the density of the fabric. In the case of upholstery that's bound to the furniture, you run the risk of having to throw away some valuable pieces should you get overzealous with your cleaning.
Regular Upholstery Maintenance
Don't be deceived by the fact that nobody steps over your upholstery in their shoes (or so we would hope). It can attract dust, it can attract dirt, and it can even be home to various bacteria. An example of why bacteria love upholstery are the pieces of food frequently found lodged inside. Say you're watching the game and eating pizza. You probably won't notice a small chunk of it being dropped somewhere in-between the fabric, but bacteria will take note, and soon enough, your favorite armchair will become a breeding ground.
If this sounds disgusting, that's because it is, so make sure regular maintenance is a thing. If you have a habit of eating on your armchair or couch, clean the upholstery weekly without ever skipping the schedule. The basis of the cleaning regimen should be vacuuming using various extensions – you won't do any damage and you'll deal with the bulk of what's inside the fabric.
Vacuuming is far from a complete strategy, however. You should also scrub the surface with a wet sponge here and there, after you dip it in a mixture of water and mild soap. You'll need to make sure that the sponge isn't carrying any water, or you run the risk of the upholstery retaining moisture, which brings us to the next point...