How to Dry Clean Couch Cushions

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Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda

  • Vacuum

  • Dry-cleaning upholstery spray

  • White cloth or towel


Wipe up any spills right away with a white or light-colored absorbent towel.


Test a hidden area for colorfastness before using any cleaning products on your couch cushions.

Vacuum "dry-clean only" couch cushions on a weekly basis to keep them clean.

With everyday use, couch cushions are often subjected to food and drink spills, shedding pets and dirt. Before cleaning soiled couch cushions, it's important to check the care manual or tag for the proper cleaning method. If your couch cushions are labeled "dry-clean only," there's no need to call a professional cleaning service right away. A few common household items are all you need to remove most spills and messes from your cushions.


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Step 1

Remove the cushions from the couch if possible, and sprinkle them with an even layer of baking soda to cover. Allow the baking soda to sit for at least 15 minutes to absorb any odors or spills.

Step 2

Vacuum the couch cushions thoroughly with a soft brush or upholstery attachment.

Step 3

Spray any dirty or stained areas with an upholstery dry-cleaning product. Allow it to sit for the amount of time indicated on the package.

Step 4

Wipe the couch cushions thoroughly with a clean white cloth, and allow them to air dry for at least 15 minutes before placing them back onto the couch.



Melissa Rae

Melissa Rae has been a writer since 2008, specializing in home-and-garden, business, technology and education topics. Rae holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Herzing University.