upholstery cleaning time frame

This is a pretty popular question, and for good reason. You have stuff to do so having an accurate upholstery cleaning time frame is always ideal. Though, estimating time isn’t black and white, a number of factors have to be considered before we can calculate an estimated completion time. We outlined of how we estimate the length of a job.


The method of upholstery cleaning definitely plays a role in time. Each method has a different process involved which results in varying cleaning times. Different upholstery requires different methods. Some are simple like general low moisture extraction, and some can be more complex due to more elaborate fabrics.


It is recommended that you have your upholstery professionally cleaned every 3-4 years. If you stay within that cleaning schedule, the cleaning won’t take as long since there is less built up soil to remove. If you have a 10 year old couch and you’re having it cleaned for the first time, it may take longer since there is more dirt to remove.

Surface Area

This one is obvious but still worth noting. The amount of upholstery that needs cleaning also dictates how long the job will take. A large sectional sofa will take a lot longer than 8 dining chairs. The dining chairs would require a lot less changing of positions and angles to get the upholstery cleaned when compared to a large sectional sofa.

Average Upholstery Cleaning Time Frame

With all those factors coming into play, the average cleaning time can vary depending on the aforementioned variables. To get a better idea of the time it will take, consult the upholstery cleaner either during the estimate or when they arrive to your home.


How long it takes to clean your upholstered furniture varies by the method your professional uses as well as how dirty the fabric is and how much upholstery needs to be cleaned. The average time for upholstery can range from 30-60 minutes or longer in rare cases.