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How to clean your upholstered bed

How to clean your upholstered bed

There are many different styles of bed and numerous designs, patterns, and vibrant colours to choose from. Choosing a bed can be one of your most important purchases. You’ll be spending a large portion of your life there, so you want it to look, feel and smell amazing, not only for your comfort, but to ensure it lasts longer. For many, an upholstered bed adds that little something extra for the aesthetics of their bedroom.

But upholstered beds take a little bit of extra care. There’s a lot of material there. They’re sensational, a real statement, and you’ll want it to look as good as the day it arrived.

Your bed is lined with fabric, and this means you can see impressions and dents over time, which can gather unwanted bits of stuff that will take away the look and feel of your bed frame. It can be disappointing when it no longer looks as nice as it did when you bought it.

Here are some easy, all natural tips to help you keep it clean.


Vacuuming your bed once every week is a quick win. Fibres can collect dust overtime, and if you don’t handle it, they can become engrained, giving your upholstered bed a dull look. It’s a good idea to buy an upholstery brush attachment for your vacuum. These are hard attachments with a brush on the end. They displace the debris so that the vacuum can suck it up.

Keep in mind that your fabric is delicate, and be gentle. You might want to lower the suction level.  If the fabric on your bed is corduroy, velvet or chenille, you’ll want to start from the top and work your way down, pulling the dirt with you as you go. Move the vacuum slowly from the left to right as you go.

If you don’t feel comfortable using a hoover, you could use a lint roller, instead.

Check your cleaning codes

Before you put any product on your upholstered beds, you’ll want to check your cleaning codes. They’re attached to the furniture when purchased new. If you can’t find it, Google the make and design of your bed and see what you can find, or email the manufacturer.

The codes include the letters W, S, S/W, and X.

Upholstered beds with the cleaning code W are the easiest to clean. W stands for water, which means the fabric is usually durable, and most store bought upholstery cleaners designed specifically for beds should be okay to use, though we would always advise checking with a manufacturer.

S stands for solvent, and this means your bed is dry clean only. Do not apply water or cleaning products to a bed with the letter S cleaning code, otherwise you risk ruining to colour. If you’ve already done it, we suggest using a hairdryer on a low setting, to dry clean the water as quickly as possible. This will avoid the formation of water rings.

S/W means that a mixture of solvent and water is okay, but we would air on the side of caution. This is a rare code, and experts often advise that any cleaning should be left to an expert. If professional cleaning is out of the question, contact the manufacturer for their advice on what you can use.

X means no. Do not clean your X coded bed with liquid solutions. It is highly unlikely you have an upholstered bed with an X code. If so, you have no option but to check how to clean it with a professional.

What about baking soda?

If you’re here, we bet you’ve done some research, and found an article somewhere that says cleaning your upholstered bed with baking soda is a fine idea. In theory, this is true. We recommend natural products wherever possible, because they’re better for the environment, and for your skin and lungs. But, whilst baking soda can help deodorise fabric, it’s not great for cleaning it.

Natural cleaning solutions

We can’t stress how important it is that you check your cleaning codes before you put anything on your bed. If in doubt, contact the manufacturer. If you get the all clear, here are some all natural solutions you can use to thoroughly clean the material on your upholstered bed.

For W coded upholstered beds:

  • ¾ cup of warm water
  • ¼ cup of white vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon of liquid dish soap

Pour ingredients into a spray bottle and shake it well.

For S coded upholstered beds:

  • ½ cup alcohol
  • ½ cup white vinegar

Pour ingredients into a spray bottle and shake it well.

Then follow these steps:

  1. With the correct cleaner, spray the affected area.
  2. The solution needs to penetrate the fabric fibers, so leave it to settle a little while.
  3. Using a clean soft cloth, rub the area to lift the stain.
  4. To dry the area, use a clean dry cloth to blot.

Stay fresh!

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