Best Upholstery, Couch, Sofa Steam Cleaner Reviews of 2017

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McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner Review (Upholstery)

McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner Review (Upholstery)

It's a bit more expensive than the other units on this list, however, I still think it is an excellent unit to consider for cleaning your upholstery.

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Best value
Comforday Handheld Multi-Purpose Pressurized Steam Cleaner Review

Comforday Handheld Multi-Purpose Pressurized Steam Cleaner Review

It's good for smaller jobs and did a perfect job of getting my upholstery cleaned. I would definitely recommend it in a second.

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Xtech Electric Easy Handheld Steam Cleaner Review (Upholstery)

Xtech Electric Easy Handheld Steam Cleaner Review (Upholstery)

A decent upholstery steamer but not if you have a large area of fabric to clean

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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’s a bit more expensive than both of the other units on this list and 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.

8.5 Total Score
Very Good

It's a bit more expensive than the other units on this list, however, I still think it is an excellent unit to consider for cleaning your upholstery.

Quality
8
Ease Of Use
8
Performance
8.5
Features
9
Value
9
PROS
  • High Pressure Steam
  • 45 Minutes Of Steam
  • Portable Canister
  • Lots Of Accessories
  • Can Clean Large Pieces Of Upholstery
CONS
  • Expensive Compared To The Other Cleaners
  • Wand Gets Pretty Warm
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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 perfect job of getting my upholstery cleaned. I would definitely recommend it in a second.

8.3 Total Score
Very Good

It's good for smaller jobs and did a perfect job of getting my upholstery cleaned. I would definitely recommend it in a second.

Quality
8.5
Ease Of Use
8
Performance
8.5
Features
8.5
Value
8
PROS
  • Super Hot Steam
  • Useful Accessories
  • Cheapest Of These 3 Steamers
  • Portable
  • 20 Minutes Of Steam
  • Long Cord
CONS
  • Too Small For Large Upholstery Jobs
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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.

8.1 Total Score
Very Good

A decent upholstery steamer but not if you have a large area of fabric to clean

Quality
8.5
Ease Of Use
9
Performance
8.5
Features
7.5
Value
7
PROS
  • 20 Minutes Of Steam
  • Sanitizes
  • Portable
CONS
  • Not Enough Accessories
  • Refill Cap is Tricky
  • Not For Cleaning Large Areas of Fabric
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