Calling the pros. There are two major types of professional upholstery cleaning: wet cleaning and dry cleaning. Houle estimates that 98 percent of upholstery cleaners use the wet method, as it is generally more effective and less toxic, although it can cause fabric shrinkage, bleeding or stiffness if not correctly executed. “If all the proper steps are taken, the results can be superior,” he says.
Dry cleaning uses a solvent, so colors and fabrics are protected. But the surroundings are not: respirators and ventilation are required, and steps have to be taken to minimize the chance of explosions.
For both types of treatment, the upholstery cleaner will come to your home. The average cost ranges from about $75 to $100 for a sofa, $60 to $75 for a love seat and $40 to $50 for a chair.