Is professional upholstery cleaning worth the investment?

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While professional upholstery cleaning comes with a cost, the benefits it offers in terms of cleanliness, restoration, allergen reduction, and extended furniture lifespan can make it a very worthwhile investment. By considering the value of your furniture, your specific cleaning needs, and the potential long-term savings, you can determine if professional upholstery cleaning is a worthwhile expense for you:

What are the advantages of having a professional upholstery cleaning service?

Deep cleaning and restoration

Professional cleaners have the knowledge, experience, and specialised equipment to provide a deep and thorough cleaning of your upholstery. They can effectively remove accumulated dirt, stains, allergens, and odours that may be difficult to tackle with regular cleaning methods. This deep cleaning process can revitalise your furniture, restoring its upholstery fabric’s appearance and overall freshness.

Tough stain and odour removal

Professional upholstery cleaners are equipped with powerful stain removal techniques and specialised cleaning products. Whether you’ve had a spaghetti accident or just had grime accumulate over time, they can tackle stubborn stains and eliminate unpleasant odours, leaving your furniture looking and smelling fresh.

Prolong the life of your furniture

Regular professional cleaning can help extend the lifespan of your furniture. Over time, dirt, dust, and other contaminants can cause wear and tear, leading to fabric deterioration and a diminished overall aesthetic. By removing these particles, professional cleaning helps preserve the quality and integrity of your upholstery, potentially saving you money in the long run by avoiding premature replacement. They can also apply protective treatments to help prevent future staining and keep the fabric looking like new for longer. Leather couches in particular will really benefit from the long-lasting conditioning treatments professionals use.

Reduce allergens

Upholstered furniture tends to harbour allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, pollen, and other airborne particles. These allergens can exacerbate allergies and respiratory issues. Professional upholstery cleaning effectively removes these allergens, contributing to a healthier indoor environment and improved air quality.

Save money in the long run with regular cleanings

Professional upholstery cleans will remove dirt, dust, and allergens from your furniture, which also prevents deeper damage to your furniture that could be costly to repair or replace.

Professional upholstery cleaners, like JAE, use specialised equipment and cleaning products that are designed to provide longer-lasting results than consumer-grade products. The cost of professional upholstery cleaning may seem high at first, but it will save you money in the long run by helping extend the life of your furniture.

Expertise to avoid damage

Professional cleaners have the training and knowledge to work with different types of fabrics and upholstery materials. They understand the proper cleaning methods and can avoid the potential damage that may occur with improper cleaning techniques. This expertise helps ensure that your furniture is treated with care and cleaned effectively.

How often should you have your furniture professionally cleaned?

Determining the frequency of professional furniture cleaning depends on various factors, including usage and the environment.


If your furniture gets lots of use, and you have children or pets, it’s recommended that your furniture is professionally cleaned every 3 to 12 months.


For households with regular usage by family members and occasional guests, professional furniture cleaning once a year is generally sufficient.


If your furniture doesn’t get much regular use, you’ll only need a professional cleaning every 18 – 24 months.

It's important to note that these timeframes serve as a general guideline and can vary depending on individual circumstances. If you have stains that are difficult to remove, lingering odours, or the presence of allergens causing allergies or respiratory issues, you might want to consider booking a professional clean now! Your furniture may have a recommended cleaning frequency from the manufacturer to consider as well.

Are there any downsides to professional upholstery cleaning compared to DIY?

It may seem like a good idea to hire a Rug Doctor upholstery cleaner, or to buy a Bissell SpotClean upholstery shampooer to DIY your next couch clean, but you need to weigh up the pros and cons of both options. 


DIY can be more cost-effective in the short term, but as we just mentioned, professional cleans will save you time in the long run, with better and longer-lasting results that will further extend the life of your furniture. 


Cleaning your own couch can be time-consuming, particularly if you aren’t familiar with the process. You will have to schedule an appointment with a professional cleaner, here at JAE we do our best to accommodate you and work with your schedule. Most furniture can be cleaned on-site to minimise time and it will be dry within hours so there’s very little downtime.


You may struggle to eliminate stubborn stains or odours yourself, and if not executed properly, DIY cleaning can inadvertently cause damage to your upholstery. Be particularly careful with store-bought leather cleaners since most provide immediate moisture, but they can end up causing damage later down the line. 

By using a professional upholstery cleaning service, you can ensure that your furniture is being cleaned properly and efficiently. Professional cleaners have the necessary tools and expertise to get rid of dirt, dust, pet hair, stains, and odours without damaging the upholstery fabric. Specialists like JAE will pre-test each fabric to ensure the safest method possible is used to treat your particular fabric. 

For results you can see, it is recommended that you use a professional upholstery cleaner. And with regular professional upholstery cleaning services, you can ensure that your furniture looks great for years to come.

professional upholstery cleaning service before and after

If you do have a red wine spill or you just want a professional to give your furniture a deep clean, look no further than your friendly local JAE team. With decades of experience, JAE is the expert in upholstery and leather cleaning and will give you the best chance at reviving and enhancing your furniture.

Read other professional cleaning guide, please see our articles on Professional Carpet Cleaning FAQs and Top FAQs for Pest Control.

Discover some amazing stories and tips on carpet stains with Peter Cheyne on Radio New Zealand.

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