Some people don’t realize that some steam cleaners are the best upholstery, couch and sofa steam cleaners available. That’s because most of these models are not marketed specifically for these applications but are listed as either canister or portable steam cleaners depending on the category they fit into. I, on the other hand, see these cleaners for the great couch and sofa cleaners they are and review them as such. These models really do a great job.
Check the top list below for the best you can find on the market right now. I rated and reviewed them all.
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Sometimes I use these types of cleaners by themselves and sometimes I use them with an appropriate cleaning solution. Depending on whether the upholstery fabric I’m cleaning is fabric or leather, sometimes I’ll use a fabric upholstery cleaner and sometimes I’ll use a leather upholstery cleaner. Choosing one that’s designed for your particular surface ensures that it does the best job possible with your steam machine.
All things considered, it really is one of the best models for upholstery I've seen in quite some time.Read Users' reviews
I think it is an excellent unit to consider for cleaning your upholstery.Read Users' reviews
It's definitely a model that I would recommend for all types of cleaning around the home.Read Users' reviews
It really was one of the best-made steam cleaners I've used. It's definitely worth owning if you can afford the price-tag.Read Users' reviews
All in all, this is not only a great upholstery cleaner but is a great all around steam cleaner.Read Users' reviews
While it's a couple of additional features away from being the best steam machine, it did a pretty good job on all my furniture.Read Users' reviews
It's a good overall handheld steamer and a suitable upholstery steamer. It won't knock your socks off but it shouldn't disappoint you either.Read Users' reviews
It's good for smaller jobs and did a good job of getting my upholstery cleaned.Read Users' reviews
A decent upholstery steamer but not if you have a large area of fabric to cleanRead Users' reviews
My upholstery cleaning advice
When it comes to cleaning their sofas, couches and other pieces of furniture, most people don’t give a second thought to what may be the best upholstery steam cleaner. They usually just go down to their local grocery store and rent one or hire a professional service. I know, I used to be one of those people.
That all changed though once I started researching steam cleaners. I realized that both of those approaches to cleaning my furniture were not the best ones for my furniture or my budget. The grocery store rentals usually can’t handle the job properly and retaining the services of a professional can get expensive really quickly. The only real solution is to find the best steam cleaner for upholstery and buy it. This is the best way to save yourself a ton of aggravation and money.
However, finding and buying the best upholstery steam cleaner can be a chore in and of itself. There seem to be an endless variety of steam cleaner models that will clean upholstery with an even greater number of features. How do you choose the right model for your upholstery? And once you do, how do you make sure that you are using it the right way to ensure that you adequately clean your sofa or couch? Both of these are important questions. Which is why I’m writing this article today.
The purpose of this article is to help you find the best steam cleaner for upholstery; determine the features you need and how to use it to make sure that it does the best job possible when cleaning your sofa or couch. All of these things I’m going to cover today. So without further adieu, let’s go on a little journey and discover the steam cleaner for upholstery that you need, as well as the tips you are going to need to ensure it works the best for you. Sounds good? Okay, let’s begin then.
Tips for Cleaning Your Sofa Or Couch
Before we begin our journey to find the best steam cleaner for couch, I would like to start off with some of the tips I’ve learned about cleaning couches and sofas – especially with a new baby in the home. Why am I starting with cleaning tips? That’s because I think that it will give you an additional layer of knowledge that can be used to find the steam cleaner that is right for you.
Cleaning upholstery can seem like an intimidating process, but it really doesn’t have to be. All you have to do is to follow these tips for cleaning upholstery to ensure that your furniture is as clean as the day you bought it:
- Vacuum First
Vacuuming is the absolute first step you need to take before you clean your upholstery. You want to make sure that you remove any dirt, dust or pet hair that you may find on it. That’s because if these things get wet then they can make your upholstery look even dirtier, so it’s best to remove them right away.
- Spot Treat The Stains
Another thing you want to do is to spot treat any tough stains that may be on your upholstery. Using your favorite upholstery cleaner, spray the stain and leave it undisturbed for about 3 to 5 minutes. After that time has elapsed, you can then use a cloth to remove the cleaner.
- Using a Preconditioner
Using a preconditioner is another thing that you might want to try before you steam clean your upholstery. Basically, this product will loosen all of the dirt and grime that may be trapped in the fibers of your sofa and couch and allow it to be removed by the steam cleaner.
- Time To Clean!
Okay, now you can use your best couch steam cleaner to clean your furniture. Make sure that you start with the cushions and that you clean only one side of the cushions at one time. That’s because you never want your cushions to be laid with the wet side down. This will increase the drying time and may, in fact, damage the fabric.Once the cushions are done, you can clean the rest of the couch or sofa. Do small areas of the furniture at a time, making sure that you remove as much water as possible before moving on to the next section. Repeat this process until the entire piece of furniture is clean.
- Let It Dry
Once you’ve finished with the entire piece of furniture, be sure to leave time for it to dry. If you are impatient, like I am, you can always use a fan or hair dryer to speed up the process, but you want to make sure that every inch is completely dry before you use it again.
What To Look For In An Upholstery Steam Cleaner
Before I give you my recommendations for the best steam cleaner for sofa, I want to tell you some of the things that you need to look for in an upholstery steamer. The features that will determine if a particular cleaner is the right one for you.
The first thing you’ll need to determine is whether you want a full-size canister system for upholstery cleaning or if you want a hand-held model. There is really not that much difference between these two types of steam cleaners. The handheld ones are more portable and the canisters tend to be useful for bigger projects. Which one you’ll need is up to you.
Another thing that you need to keep in mind is how you are going to use the cleaner. Are you just using it for your couch or sofa? Do you need the best car upholstery steam cleaner? Do you want one that can also steam clothes? These are all things that need to be considered.
As you probably determined by now, buying an upholstery steam cleaner is a very personal experience and depends on what you need the device to accomplish. With that in mind, I’m going to give you my personal recommendations for upholstery cleaners. One or two might be right for you and the rest may not. Only you can decide. However, I do believe the following cleaners to be the top upholstery steam cleaners on the market today – or at least, at the time of this writing.
When I initially purchased the Pure Clean XL 1500, what I was really looking for was a unit that was good for cleaning tile and grout. A task that I discovered this model could accomplish very well. However, once I was done cleaning those types of surfaces, I begin to look for alternative jobs this steamer could do. And that is when I discovered that this model could also double as an upholstery cleaner. It worked so well in that regard, I decided to go ahead and add it to my list of best upholstery steam cleaners.
If you aren’t familiar with this particular cleaner or haven’t read any reviews for it yet, allow me to tell you a little bit about its basic features. This model weighs approximately 10-pound and its dimensions are approximately 15.7″x11″x13″. It’s a unit that has a rather short hose length, at least for tile work but seems to be just about the right size for upholstery cleaning. However, it does have a nice 16-foot long extension cord which really makes it easy to move around from my love seat to my couch.
One thing you might be wondering at this point is just how long it takes this unit to warm up and just how much steam it produces. Well, allow me to fill you in. After adding water to this model, I had steam ready in about 10 minutes and then I had about forty-five minutes of steam cleaning time. Just the right amount of time to do the upholstery I needed to do. And this steam was hot enough to power through most stains and to refresh the fabric.
Cleaning sofas, couches, love seats and easy chairs aren’t the only thing this unit is good for. It can lift stains from carpets and other surfaces in which you would use a steam canister. As I said previously, the hoses are a little small for reaching tight wall tiles and stuff like that, but for everything else, it worked just fine.
All things considered, I think this is a really good unit for cleaning upholstery. It heats up quickly, produces nice hot steam, has a long power cord and is easy to move around. It really is one of the best models for upholstery I’ve seen in quite some time.
The Steamfast SF-370WH is a canister steam cleaner that looks rather unassuming. Just by looking at it, you wouldn’t think it would be anything special. However, as I began to put it to use, I noticed that it had a number of great features that made it invaluable to use around the house. That it wasn’t a generic steamer but a powerful 1500-watt steamer that could not only handle the upholstery I needed cleaned but could do a number of jobs around my home.
One of the very first things that impressed me about this model was the number of attachments it came with – about 15 of them total. These attachments included a couple of microfiber pads and a couple of nylon utility brushes, a jet nozzle, a couple of extension wands, a brass utility brush, a squeegee, a sponge pad, a mop head and a scrub pad. Oh, and let’s not forget the measuring cup which makes it much easier to put the correct amount of water into this couch steamer.
Once I had filled it up with water, it took about eight minutes to reach the correct temperature for cleaning – which is pretty fast. I was then able to take it around my home and use it on all my upholstery. I used it on my sofa and couch, on my husband’s recliner and on the ottoman at the end of my bed. I noticed that it did a great job with just about any fabric I used it on – from natural fabrics to synthetics. Of course, I didn’t try it on wool or leather, but it did a bang-up job with everything else I had in my home.
This upholstery steam cleaner would’ve been the perfect model for me and my household if it wasn’t for one little flaw. After extended use, this model can produce steam that is a little bit too moist. I’m not sure if it’s because water is pooling up in the hose while it’s been used or what, but it does tend to spit after awhile. Not enough to make it unusable but just enough to annoy me.
There’s one last thing I’d like to say about this steamer. It’s not just good for cleaning upholstery, it’s also good for other projects around the home. It can be used to clean just about any surface that you can think to clean and it will do a good job. It might not be the very best steam cleaner but it’s pretty close. It’s definitely a model that I would recommend for all types of cleaning around the home.
It's definitely a model that I would recommend for all types of cleaning around the home.
- Long lasting steam
- Portable & light
- High pressure
- Pretty long power cord
- Variety of accessories
- Steam can be a bit moist
From the moment I saw the Dupray One Steam Cleaner, I have to say that I was pretty impressed with it. This European steam cleaner not only looks really nice but is also built to exacting standards that you don’t frankly see in a lot of other steamers. For instance, the outer body and accessories for this model are designed from high-impact plastic but the boiler in it is a stainless steel double boiler that should provide many years of service.
This unit measured about 17-inches long, 12.5-inches wide and 11-inches high. It weighs about 10-pounds and has a 16-foot long power cord. On the right side of the unit is a pressure gauge, a knob to turn it on and set it and a “low water” indicator and a “steam ready” indicator.
It came with sixteen accessories which really give you a good range of options when it comes to cleaning. These accessories include 2-small nylon brushes, 1-small brass brush, 1-microfiber cloth, 2-extension tubes, 1-window tool, 1-triangular tool, 1-triangular tool microfiber pad, 1-rectangular floor tool, 1-rectangular tool pad, 1-plunger tool, 1-funnel, 2-connectors, and 1-lance.
I put water into its 1.15-liter (1.21-quart) boiler and turned it on. In about 8-minutes I had steam that was not only hot but super hot – the temperature of the steam being around 303-degrees or so. I didn’t measure the temperature myself but that’s what the unit claims and judging from how hot the steam was, I’d say that I have to believe them.
Why is it important that the steam was super heated? Well, for a couple of reasons. For one, it means it sanitizes better than most other steamers and two, it means that it can power through a lot tougher messes. It also means that the steam is really, really dry. Which is just perfect for cleaning upholstery.
Of course, it can also clean a variety of other surfaces as well. It was great on tile, on surfaces with caked on grease and other things. I tried to use it on my carpets as well, but I didn’t like using it for that purpose. I could clean my carpet with it but it really isn’t designed for that particular purpose.
The one thing that I really didn’t like about this model was its price. It was a lot more expensive than other steam cleaners on the market. Which is probably due to the amount of labor they put into these steamers. It really was one of the best-made steam cleaners I’ve used. It’s definitely worth owning if you can afford the price-tag.
It really was one of the best-made steam cleaners I've used. It's definitely worth owning if you can afford the price-tag.
- Well made
- Very durable
- Stainless steel boiler
- Super hot steam
- Good accessory assortment
- Safety features
- Not the best model for carpets
- Very expensive
Once again, the McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner has once again shown it is a capable steam cleaner canister. It made it to the number two position on my article for the best cleaners for hardwood floors and it made it to the number 1 position on this list. Which is no surprise, this is a good little system.
This 1500 watt unit produces 45 minutes of high-pressure steam. Which is both a good thing and a bad thing. It’s good because it has the power to blast through just about any upholstery stain. However, I would be wary of using it on some surfaces for fear of ruining the surface. For example, I haven’t used it on my microfiber love-seat and I’m not sure I would for fear of damaging it.
One thing that I really like about this system is that it comes with an array of accessories – 18 in all. Some of the accessories you’ll find with this unit include: nylon brushes, brass brushes, mop pads, tipped jet nozzle, mop head, triangular brush, squeegee and a scrub pad. While some of these attachments are too tough to use on upholstery, there is still more than enough to clean most fabrics.
Of course, the McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner also has its drawbacks. It can be a pain to fill. At least, it was in the beginning until I went and bought a funnel for it. However, I still think it is an excellent unit to consider for cleaning your upholstery.
I think it is an excellent unit to consider for cleaning your upholstery.
- High Pressure Steam
- 45 Minutes Of Steam
- Portable Canister
- Lots Of Accessories
- Can Clean Large Pieces Of Upholstery
- Expensive Compared To The Other Cleaners
- Wand Gets Pretty Warm
There are two things that I noticed about the Vapamore MR-100 Primo: one, it was more expensive than other canister steam cleaners and two, it was a nice looking bright yellow color. When I received this unit, however, I immediately became fascinated with the unit itself and what it could do around my home.
From reviews, I’ve heard good things about this unit as far as upholstery cleaning is concerned. I heard that it was not only good for cleaning sofas, couches and other pieces of furniture but produced steam hot enough to kill bed bugs, so some people use it as a bed bug steamer. Since I really can’t test its effectiveness against bedbugs, I can test to see how well it does with furniture.
When it first arrived, I unpacked it and noticed that it came with a number of accessories. These included a squeegee, floor cleaning head, jet nozzle tool, Clothes & fabric tool, fabric tool cover, carpet slider, triangular corner brush, nylon grout brush, med. Nylon brush, large nylon brush, brass brush, 2-extension tubes, steam gun and hose, detail scraper, detail accessory adapter, and a microfiber floor pad. It also came with a funnel, measuring cup, storage bag for the accessories, extra o-rings and a water level dipstick. It seemed like everything I needed to clean with, so I went ahead and put this steamer to use.
I then filled it with distilled water, checked the water level with the included dipstick, tightened down the cap and turned the unit on. In about ten minutes, the green light turned on indicating that the steam cleaner was now ready to use.
I equipped the smooth surface fabric adapter with its cotton cover and went to work on the upholstery in my home. It did a fantastic job on my chair, my couch and my love seat. I even took it outside and cleaned my car upholstery with it as well. In all instances, it cleaned the surfaces perfectly.
It should be noted that the smooth surface fabric tool can be used to kill bed bugs and without the cotton cover can be used as a squeegee. The other accessories are good for a variety of projects from spot steam cleaning to jewelry cleaning to tile and grout cleaning. It even comes with a carpet slider to clean floors.
All in all, this is not only a great upholstery cleaner but is a great all around steam cleaner. It’s good for upholstery, tile, grout, as a bed bug steamer, grill racks, stoves, shower doors and just about any other tasks you can think of using it for. I think it’s a pretty great little unit, although if I did have one complaint it would be the fact that it needs to be cooled down and refilled frequently.
All in all, this is not only a great upholstery cleaner but is a great all around steam cleaner.
- Makes very hot steam
- Can be used as a bed bug steamer
- 60-minutes of steam time
- Good accessory assortment
- Variable steam pressure
- Kind of expensive
- Needs regular refilling
Unimpressive looking on my first inspection, the Wagner 915 steam cleaner is a model that eventually grew on me. I got it to test it out on some of the tougher messes that were around my home. Soap scum in the bathroom, grease in the kitchen and ground in rock salt in my car’s floor mats. What I didn’t realize at the time, however, was that this was also a pretty good upholstery steamer I could use on my sofa, couch, and recliner.
After I unpacked this model, I quickly discovered that while it didn’t come with a lot of accessories, it did come with an adequate number of them. It came with 8 accessories which included a jet nozzle, squeegee, a large cleaning brush, a steaming plate and two extension wands. This steam cleaner also came with an 8-foot long hose as well.
This unit had an on-demand trigger that made it easier to use because I didn’t have to put up with a constant stream of steam always flooding out of it. I could control when and where I put the steam, which also made it a lot safer for me to use. Just in case you’re wondering, this model produced about 45-minutes of steam at a time. Not bad for a little unit like this one.
One of the things I didn’t like about it was that it didn’t have any sort of indicator telling me how much water was going to be left in the tank. As a result, the unit would end up running dry and then shutting itself off. A little-advanced warning would’ve been really handy.
Another inconvenience is that this upholstery steamer had to heat up the water during the steam cycle. A red light would blink on telling me the unit was reheating and then the green light would blink on telling me I could continue steaming. It didn’t do this too often but when it did it was annoying.
As far as cleaning upholstery, this unit did a pretty good job. It handled a number of different types of fabric, from natural to synthetic, and it cleaned them well. While it cleaned them, it also didn’t leave a lot of moisture, which is something you want from a steamer when you’re cleaning upholstery, believe me.
Overall, I thought the Wagner 915 was a good unit. While it’s a couple of additional features away from being the best steam machine, it does get good reviews and did a pretty good job on all my furniture. It’s a model that’s moderately priced and can also be used to remove wallpaper.
While it's a couple of additional features away from being the best steam machine, it did a pretty good job on all my furniture.
- 8-foot long hose
- Good accessory assortment
- 45 Minutes of pressurized Steam
- Decent model for upholstery cleaning
- No Water Level Indicator
- Needs to Heat Every Once In Awhile
Dirt Devil is a popular brand name, so I was pretty eager to check it out and see what it could do. I’m always on the lookout for the best upholstery steamer I could find and before I got this model, I thought that it could’ve been it. It turned out to be a pretty good one, just not one that I’d be comfortable calling the best.
One of the first things I noticed was that it came with some accessories. These included a squeegee tool, upholstery brush, jet-tip extension, a dusting brush and a wire grill brush. Not a large assortment by any stretch of the imagination but enough, I imagine, to get a few jobs done around the home.
After I finished my examination of this model’s accessories, I then added water to it and plugged it in. It took about twelve ounces of water to fill it up, so I assumed that it would only take a couple of minutes to reach operating temperature. However, it took longer than that—twice as long at 4-minutes.
I then used the fabric tool and went to work on my upholstery. While it would’ve been nice if the upholstery tool had been a little bit bigger so I could cover more area at a time, it was sufficient enough for it to handle parts of my couch and sofa. It didn’t do a stellar job but it did get the fabric clean before I ran out of steam.
I also used this little handheld on a few small projects around my house and noticed that it did a pretty good job with those tasks as well. Overall, I think this is a good overall handheld steamer and a suitable upholstery steamer. And what I mean by that is that it won’t knock your socks off but it shouldn’t disappoint you either and will do the job it was intended to do.
It's a good overall handheld steamer and a suitable upholstery steamer. It won't knock your socks off but it shouldn't disappoint you either.
- Good for hard to reach areas
- Reasonably priced
- Limited attachments
- 4-minute heat up time
The Comforday Handheld Multi-Purpose Pressurized Steam Cleaner has a few things going for it when used to clean upholstery. One, it’s very compact and easy to take from room to room. Two, it is pretty fairly priced. Three, it delivers super-hot steam and four, it actually comes with tools that are useful for cleaning upholstery. Let’s start with its compact design.
The dimensions of this unit are 11.5 x 9.8 x 6.1 inches and it weighs about 4 pounds. Yes, you read that correctly – it weighed only 4 pounds. That means that it is light enough to carry just about anywhere. And thanks to its 9.5 foot cord, it will reach just about anywhere as well.
This unit also comes with several tools that are really kind of cool. Some of the accessories that came with it include a bent spray nozzle, a flexible extension hose, window cleaning tool, round brush nozzle and a fabric steaming tool. Not a whole lot but enough to get the job done.
The only problem I had with cleaning my upholstery is that this unit may be kind of small for large projects. While it worked great for cleaning spots on my couch, love seat and sofa, I think it would be tedious to use it to clean all of the fabric on these surfaces. Which kind of limits its use a bit.
However, it does produce steam that is as hot as 270 degrees. That is hot enough to remove just about any stain. Just be sure that you’re careful of what surfaces you use it on. After all, I imagine that steam that hot could damage some surfaces. However, with steam so hot, a lot of people are using it to kill bed bugs. I’m sure that it works perfectly for that application.
Overall, I think this is an excellent handheld steam cleaner. It’s good for smaller jobs and did a good job of getting my upholstery cleaned.
It's good for smaller jobs and did a good job of getting my upholstery cleaned.
- Super Hot Steam
- Useful Accessories
- Cheapest Of These 3 Steamers
- 20 Minutes Of Steam
- Long Cord
- Too Small For Large Upholstery Jobs
As far as cleaning upholstery is concerned, the Xtech Electric Easy Handheld Steam Cleaner has a lot of things going for it. It’s light, easy to use and comes with a decent assortment of attachments which include: bent spray nozzle, long spray nozzle, bristle brush, extension hose, window squeegee, and a terrycloth cover. Which is pretty good, after all, I did use the nylon brush to remove fruit punch out of my rug. And it did a perfect job. However, for a machine that is going to be used on upholstery, I would want a few more attachments than what was provided with this unit.
As far as actually cleaning the upholstery on my couch, it did an excellent job. It produces about 20 minutes of actual steam, so it not only cleans but actually sanitizes the upholstery as well. It took a ketchup stain out of my couch – one that was there thanks to my hubby – and it also took an ice cream stain out of my chair. My goodness, you guys must think that I have the messiest household in the world, but I promise you it’s actually pretty clean.
I then decided to take it out to the garage and try it out on our minivan. It did a marvelous job getting the spilled pop and coffee stains out of the seats. Everything I asked it to do it did pretty well. While it might not be in the Top Two of my list for upholstery, I do think that it is a good all-around steamer.
This unit is a little more expensive than the handheld steamers it competes with, but it is cheaper among the ones that do well-cleaning upholstery. Which makes it a decent upholstery steamer but not if you have a large area of fabric to clean.
A decent upholstery steamer but not if you have a large area of fabric to clean
- 20 Minutes Of Steam
- Not Enough Accessories
- Refill Cap is Tricky
- Not For Cleaning Large Areas of Fabric