Upholstery is a crucial element in any home or office, providing both comfort and style. But when you have pets and kids, it can become a breeding ground for dirt, stains, and bacteria if not properly maintained. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips and tricks for keeping your upholstery clean and fresh when you have pets and kids.

  1. Vacuum regularly: The first step in keeping your upholstery clean is to vacuum it regularly. This will help to remove dirt, dust, and other debris that can accumulate over time. Use a brush attachment to get into the crevices and corners of your upholstery. If you have pets or young children, it's especially important to vacuum your upholstery more frequently to remove pet hair and other debris.

  2. Use a fabric-safe cleaner: When it comes to cleaning your upholstery, it's important to use a fabric-safe cleaner. There are many different types of fabric cleaners available, so make sure to choose one that is specifically designed for the type of fabric your upholstery is made from. For example, if your upholstery is made from a natural fabric like cotton or wool, you'll want to use a cleaner that is designed for natural fibers.

  3. Spot-clean spills and stains immediately: It's important to spot-clean spills and stains as soon as they happen. If left untreated, spills and stains can become much harder to remove. Use a clean, white cloth to blot up as much of the spill as possible. Then, apply a fabric-safe cleaner to the area and gently rub it in. Be sure to rinse the area thoroughly with clean water and blot dry.

  4. Use a pet-safe stain protector: A stain protector can help to keep your upholstery looking clean and fresh by creating a barrier between the fabric and spills and stains. There are many different types of stain protectors available, so be sure to choose one that is appropriate for the type of fabric your upholstery is made from and safe for pets.

  5. Rotate and flip your cushions: To keep your upholstery looking its best, it's important to rotate and flip your cushions on a regular basis. This will help to distribute wear and tear more evenly across the upholstery, preventing any one area from becoming too worn or stained.

  6. Have your upholstery professionally cleaned: While regular vacuuming and spot-cleaning can help to keep your upholstery looking clean and fresh, it's important to have it professionally cleaned on a regular basis as well. Professional cleaning can remove deep-down dirt and stains that can't be removed with vacuuming or spot-cleaning. It also helps to remove any bacteria or allergens that may be hiding in your upholstery.

  7. Careful with Sunlight and Heat: Exposure to sunlight and heat can cause fading and discoloration of your upholstery. To prevent this, it's important to keep your upholstery away from direct sunlight and heat sources. If your upholstery is exposed to sunlight, be sure to use curtains or blinds to filter out the sun's rays.

  8. Train your pets: Pets can be tough on upholstery, especially if they have sharp claws or a tendency to shed. To protect your upholstery from pets, it's important to train them not to jump on furniture or scratch it. You can also use furniture throws or slipcovers to protect your upholstery from pet hair and other debris.

  9. Keep an eye on kids: Finally, it's important to keep an eye on your kids when they are around your upholstery. Children can be rough on furniture and may not understand the importance of keeping it clean and protected. Encourage them to be gentle with your upholstery and to tell you if they spill anything on it. You may also want to consider teaching them how to properly clean and care for your upholstery.


In conclusion, keeping your upholstery clean and fresh when you have pets and kids requires a little extra effort, but it's worth it to preserve the appearance and longevity of your upholstery. Remember to vacuum regularly, use a fabric-safe cleaner, spot-clean spills and stains immediately, use a pet-safe stain protector, rotate and flip your cushions, have your upholstery professionally cleaned, protect your upholstery from sunlight and heat, train your pets, and keep an eye on your kids.