How to Clean Wool Upholstery

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Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum with upholstery attachment

  • Towel

  • Fabric-cleaning solvent

  • Fabric protector


Test a small, inconspicuous area of your wool upholstery before using either water or solvent. Mark the area with pins to determine if there is shrinkage.

Wool upholstery is not commonly found in a home, as it can be uncomfortable to skin. However, many offices have wool upholstery on chairs and/or couches. Wool upholstery can shrink, distort or lose color when cleaned, so dry cleaning works best. If you decide to clean wool upholstery yourself, you can minimize damage.

Step 1

Vacuum the wool upholstery to remove any lose crumbs, hair or dirt.

Step 2

Read the label on your wool upholstery. If it label has a "W," it is only safe to clean with water. "S" means you may use a cleaning solvent. "SW" means both solvent and water may be used. If it has an "X," only dry cleaning is recommended.


Step 3

Dampen a clean towel with water or solvent, depending on the label code. Wipe any stain in a circular motion, working toward the center of the stain.

Step 4

Rinse your cloth thoroughly and wipe again. Repeat this process until all stains are gone.

Step 5

Apply a fabric protector safe for wool to the upholstery, according to label instructions.



Elizabeth Knoll

Elizabeth Knoll has been writing full-time since 2008. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Her work appears on various websites. Knoll received a certificate in Early Childhood Education from Moraine Park Technical College.