Upholstery Cleaning

Expert Upholstery Cleaners in the Monterey Bay Area

Here are some of the things we do to offer the top quality upholstery cleaning from Carmel to Seaside, and from Pebble Beach to Salinas:

  • Upholstery Fabric and Dye Testing: Before starting, we determine fiber type (silk, cotton, synthetic, etc.) and color fastness (will the dyes run or are they stable?) to provide safe upholstery cleaning and to avoid damage.
  • Special Upholstery Tools: We use specialized low-moisture upholstery cleaning tools to avoid over-wetting, keep dampness at the surface, and provide much faster drying times (usually 30 minutes to 3 hours).
  • Soft Water: We use soft water, so upholstery cleaning solutions penetrate and work better, and cleaned upholstery has a softer touch.
  • Residue-Free Finish: Our finish rinse eliminates residue, lets colors shine, and prevents premature re-soiling.
  • Sensitive Fabrics: We provide hand foam cleaning for sensitive fabrics.
  • Other: And a few trade secrets…
    Upholstery Cleaning: Dry-touch upholstery cleaning tool

Our Upholstery Cleaning Process

Over our years of experience, we have developed our own thorough and effective upholstery cleaning methods. The methods outlined below are the methods we use most frequently for our clients in the Monterey area. There are additional ways that we clean upholstery, depending on the type of fabric and dye stability.

  1. Evaluate Soil & Determine Fabric Type: We evaluate surface soil and stains. Then we determine fabric and batting types (synthetic, cotton, animal hair, etc.).
  2. Evaluate Whether to Clean: We evaluate whether we can improve the appearance of the upholstery enough to justify the cost of upholstery cleaning.
  3. Mix Upholstery Cleaning Solutions: We mix green solutions to work with that particular fabric and soil.
  4. Color Fastness Check: We test the cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous area to see if the solutions are compatible, and the dyes stable.
  5. Set Dyes: If the dyes are not stable, we use dye-setting agents for that specific fiber type. This stabilizes the dyes.
  6. Pre-Vacuum: We pre-vacuum the upholstery to prevent soil from wicking up during drying.
  7. Spot Cleaning: We use our spotting kit to remove tougher stains, including pet stains, prior dye bleed, food and wine, wax, and many others.
  8. Pre-Spray: We apply green solutions to heavily soiled areas to optimize cleaning.
  9. Cleaning: Depending on the fiber type and dye stability, we use steam, warm or cold water with mild detergent and low moisture upholstery cleaners tools to wash the upholstery. If the upholstery is heavily soiled, we spend extra time to clean it thoroughly.
    Soft Water: We use soft water, because soft water lets the cleaning solutions penetrate and work better, and rinses better.
    No Water Dry Wash: On upholstery that is very sensitive to moisture, we do dry-foam cleaning by hand, with no rinse or a very light rinse.
  10. Rinse: As appropriate, we use a hot steam, warm or cold water rinse to prolong upholstery life. Our soft water rinse leaves upholstery residue-free, colors bright, fabric soft to the touch, and resistant to premature re-soiling.
  11. Dry: We use low-moisture upholstery cleaning tools to reduce dry times. Our average dry times for upholstery:
    Lightly soiled: Dry when we leave
    Moderately soiled: 2 hours dry time
    Heavily soiled: 2-6 hours dry time (we can speed up drying with an air mover)
  12. Optional Protective Coating: We offer the very best odorless, highest rated protective coating available. This protective coating makes in-home spot cleaning a snap and will prolong the life of your upholstery and keep it looking new.
    upholstery - before and after

To Clean, Repair, Re-Upholster, or Replace?

Free Test Cleaning:  If you are located in the Monterey Peninsula area and if you are not sure whether your upholstery can be saved, call us. We will try to clean a small area of heaviest soiling—at no charge—to see if it is cleanable. We will look at it together to evaluate whether it is worth cleaning the whole piece.

If you are located outside of the Monterey Peninsula area and you do not know if your furniture is cleanable and repairable, then contact a knowledgeable professional cleaner in your area for an assessment. Such an assessment is normally free.

If the upholstery is not cleanable, or if there is too much damage to repair, then it is time to think of alternatives:

  • Get slip covers for your furniture,
  • Re-upholster your furniture, or
  • Replace your furniture.

Upholstery Care Tips

Here are a few suggestions for maintaining your upholstery:

  • Vacuum with Upholstery Brush: Use your vacuum’s upholstery brush only on upholstery—never use it for dirty cleaning jobs. When not in use, store this brush in a plastic bag to keep it clean. Vacuum your upholstery with the brush 1 to 4 times per month for best maintenance.
  • Pet Hair Removal: Wrap masking tape around your hand with the sticky side out. Then use your taped hand to touch the upholstery, removing pet hair. You can also buy hair-removing rollers at a pet store.
  • Buying New Furniture: When buying new furniture, always get a protective coating. You can have it applied at the furniture store, or we can apply it at your home. If done right, the protective coating will double or triple the life of your upholstery. And if you spill something on it, just wipe with a damp white cotton cloth. Upholstery with protective coating is also easier to vacuum.
  • Re-Upholstering Furniture: If you are getting furniture re-upholstered, always order extra fabric for future repairs, and for swatch testing of cleaning methods. Always be sure to get a protective coating.

R.L. Osborn provides professional quality upholstery cleaning in the Monterey Peninsula area, from Pebble Beach to Carmel-by-the-Sea to Seaside, California.




Call us for more information or to talk about your upholstery cleaning needs. We are happy to help.

R.L. Osborn 
Professional Quality Upholstery Cleaning
1207 Sylvan Road, Monterey CA 93940




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