Is your old chair in need of a touch-up? When the furniture in your home starts to look well-loved, many homeowners are tempted to tackle the upholstery cleaning work themselves. After all, in the age of information, where one can find YouTube tutorials for practically any task, upholstery cleaning should be as easy as following along to a video, right?

Not so fast. Your furniture is a valuable part of your home, and no matter how good you are at following along to directions, DIY upholstery cleaning is incredibly risky for your furniture. Upholstery cleaning is a finesse art that involves a variety of factors — even a detail as small as water temperature can make the difference between a spotlessly-clean easy chair and a sagging, compromised chair you can longer use. 

At Turnkey Property Maintenance & Repair Professionals, we strive to offer people around Jacksonville top-notch cleaning services for those homes, businesses, and rental properties. Upholstery cleaning is one of our specialties, and in today’s post, we’re going to review the pros and cons of DIY and professional upholstery cleaning so you can decide which is best for your own situation.


DIY Upholstery Cleaning


  • Inexpensive
  • Control what chemicals your upholstery is exposed to
  • Eliminate stains and odors


  • Time-consuming
  • Risk damaging your furniture
  • Struggle to eliminate all stains and odors

DIY upholstery cleaning is appealing to many homeowners, primarily due to the cost savings — while you will likely have to invest in cleaning materials and solutions, it’s still cheaper than hiring someone to clean your furniture for you. If you have particularly precious furniture, you’ll enjoy complete control over the cleaning process, treating your upholstery with only the chemicals and techniques you decide. 

However, DIY upholstery cleaning also poses massive risk to your furniture. Upholstery cleaning requires very specific cleaning chemicals and techniques in order to clean your furniture without damaging it or exposing it to too much moisture, and many amateurs ruin their furniture trying to save money by cleaning it themselves. And while you indeed get more control over the chemicals and techniques used when you choose to DIY upholstery cleaning, the professionals know what they’re doing and would be liable if they were to damage your furniture. 


Professional Upholstery Cleaning


  • Eliminate virtually all stains and odors
  • Improve the condition of your upholstery
  • Enjoy the peace of mind of having a professional handle your furniture


  • More expensive than DIY
  • Less control over the cleaning process

Unless you’ve been professionally trained yourself, professional upholstery cleaning is generally the best way to go. Yes, it may not be as cheap as doing the job yourself, but your furniture holds significant financial and personal value to you. By having a professional handle your upholstery cleaning, you’ll be able to have virtually any stains or odors removed with ease without risking the integrity of your furniture. You’ll save time and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with expert care of your valuables. 

So if you have furniture in the Jacksonville area that needs refurbishment and upholstery cleaning, call Turnkey Property Maintenance & Repair Professionals! Our veteran team has more than 30 years of experience and will handle your furniture with care and respect. Call today!