If you have upholstered furniture in your home, you know how quickly it can get dirty, especially if you have children or pets. Using a commercial cleaning company can get expensive. If you decide to do this task yourself, doing it on a regular basis will make sure your furniture stays cleaner. The first step in cleaning upholstery should be to thoroughly vacuum the furniture. This will help remove surface dirt and dust. Next prepare a cleaning solution of one cup of biodegradable soap, such as a castile soap with one cup of warm water. Stir the mixture until it forms a thick form. Use a soft bristle brush to work the foam into the upholstery. Avoid getting the fabric soaking wet. Use a clean soft cloth to blot the foam up. Let the fabric air dry. If you have problems with stains, you can use an equal mix of club soda and hydrogen peroxide to pretreat the stain. Make sure you test the upholstery fabric for color fastness in a spot you don’t see (under a cushion, back of chair) before you use the solution on the body of the piece of furniture. You can add lemon to your cleaning solution for a fresh smell. If you’re cleaning your furniture on a nice day when you can open the windows, you might want to consider using white vinegar. Soak a clean rag in the vinegar, then wring it out. Use that to clean your upholstery. White vinegar does have a strong odor, but the odor will disappear after a few hours, which is why you want to save this method for days when you can open your windows. Once you’ve cleaned your upholstery, keep some baby wipes handy to use to blot an unexpected spill. They are gentle enough for everyday use and they are not wet enough to soak your upholstery fabric. Another quick clean up can be done with Oxyclean. Follow directions on the package for any missing necessary and wipe the area with a clean dry cloth when you are done. When you get into a cleaning routine, remember the cooler the water, the better and use warm water for greasy spots and stains. Using too much water when you are cleaning your furniture can result in water stains or even mildew. If you need to speed up the drying time for your upholstery, use a fan. Cleaning your upholstered furniture can be easy. Although it can take quite a bit of time, you can save a substantial amount of money.