Best Dry Cleaning Solvent for Upholstery

Best Dry Cleaning Solvent for Upholstery and Carpets

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Brenda Nyawara

Brenda Nyawara is an editor at Archute. She is a graduate architect with a passion for edge-cutting ideas in design, fashion, art and modern world interests.
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Since upholstered furniture is used regularly, it's bound to become dirty through stains and odors. Some might think maintaining and cleaning upholstered furniture is hard, but this is not the case. With the best dry-cleaning solvent for upholstery, you can remove dirt, stains, and odor in no time.

What’s a Dry-Cleaning Solvent for Upholstery?

A dry-cleaning solvent is a liquid used to clean fabrics without water or soap. It's incredibly effective at removing stubborn stains from upholstery. Before buying dry upholstery cleaner solvent, we recommend checking the tag on your sofa and reading the cleaning instructions. Note that cleaning methods usually change depending on the cloth.

The tag on your upholstery should have either of the letters S (for solvent-based), W (for water-based), WS (water or solvent), or X (for Xylene). If the material has an S code grade, we recommend strictly using a dry solvent cleaning on your couch. Avoid using water-based cleaners on materials with S code grade because they can cause irreversible damage.

Now that we know what a dry-cleaning solvent for upholstery is, let's check out the best options on the market.

1. Simple Solution 32 oz Extreme Pet Stain and Odor Remover for Upholstery

Simple Solution Cat Extreme Pet Stain and Odor Remover...
  • PROFESSIONAL STRENGTH FORMULA - Extreme Stain and Odor Remover is...
  • NEW PATENTED MULTI-FUNCTIONAL SPRAYER - Now designed with a new...

In less than 5 minutes, this Simple Solution Extreme Dry-Cleaning Solvent will eliminate tough stains and odors. Besides, the dry-cleaning solvent is safe to use around your pet, and you can spray it on anything from fabric couches, carpets, upholstery, and clothes to blankets.

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Using the dry-cleaning solvent is quite easy; you only need to target the area you want to clean and switch the nozzle to the desired setting—first, mist to cover a big area and clear surface stains—secondly, foam for stubborn, entrenched stains.

For example, if I want to get rid of blood or vomit stains, I usually apply a generous amount of mist to the affected spot. Then wait for it to dry before vacuuming it.


  • It's effective in less than 5 minutes
  • Eco-friendly stain remover
  • Ideal for all sorts of materials
  • Easy to use


2. BISSELL Professional Stain and Odor Remover for Upholstery and Carpet

BISSELL Professional Stain & Odor, 22 Fl Oz, 77X7...
  • Removes difficult stains including motor oil, make-up, pet soils,...
  • Patented odor removal technology removes tough odors such as:...
  • Sustainable design; contains no heavy metals, optical...
  • 33% more enzyme cleaning action

The Bissell Professional Stain and Odor Remover come with a formula containing enzymes that effectively tackle stains and odor. After applying this cleaning solvent to your upholstered furniture, remember to place a clean towel on the affected area and let it dry for 12 to 72 hours.

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Besides using this dry-cleaning solvent for removing upholstery and carpet stains, I also use it to remove make-up and spaghetti sauce stains on my clothes. Moreover, I use it to remove kitchen odors, smoke, and mold on my rugs. On the other hand, the dry cleaner is eco-friendly; contains no optical brighteners, heavy metals, dyes, or phosphates.


  • Ideal for removing odors and oily stains
  • Eco-friendly cleaning solvent for upholstery
  • It contains enzymes that deal with bacteria and odors
  • Works on upholstery, carpets, and mattresses


  • It takes time to be effective.

3. ForceField Dry-Cleaning Solvent

ForceField Dry Cleaning Fluid for Fine Fabrics
  • Makes Stains & Soils Vanish
  • For Use On All Dry Cleaning Fabrics
  • Manufacturer's Cleaning Code "S"- Upholstery, Draperies,...
  • 4 fl. oz. bottle
  • Made in the USA

For the best dry-cleaning solvent for upholstery designed for spot cleaning, count on the Forcefield Dry-Cleaning Fluid. This dry-cleaning solvent has citrus ingredients that effectively clean greasy and oily stains that water-based cleaners can't remove.

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Furthermore, the Forcefield is handy in cleaning other things other than upholstery. For example, I use it to gently remove stains from household items such as drapes, garments, and other fabric furnishings. Though this dry-cleaning solvent comes in small amounts, you can always buy them in packs of two or four and save them for emergencies.


  • Effective in removing stubborn stains
  • Ideal for all sorts of dry-cleaning fabrics
  • Easy to use


  • It comes in a small amount.

4. ALBAchem® Powdered Dry-Cleaning Fluid, PSR II

AlbaChem® PSR II Powdered Dry Cleaning Fluid
  • Albachem - Psr Powdered Dry Cleaning Fluid Brush Off Spot Remover...

Another spot remover to count on is the ALBAchem Powdered Dry-Cleaning Fluid. The dry-cleaning solvent comes in the form of a liquid spray. After applying the ALBAchem Dry-Cleaning Fluid to the stain on your upholstery, let it dry, then brush it off. You will see the stain vanish before your eyes.

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The ALBAchem cleaning solvent is effective even on difficult-to-remove stains like grease and oil. For example, I recently bought the dry-cleaning solvent for my upholstered couch, and I was impressed by how fast it dealt with the embedded stains.

The dry-cleaning solvent comes in a 12.5 oz. So, you'll get a lot of uses out of it before it runs out. In addition, you can use this spot remover to clean other things such as backpacks, carpets, hats, and clothes.


  • Easy-to-use cleaning solution
  • Effective in removing stubborn stains
  • Ideal for both fabric or non-fabric materials
  • Versatile dry-cleaning solvent


  • Some complain that the solvent has an unpleasant odor after application.

5. Blue Coral 22.8 Ounces Upholstery Cleaner Dri-Clean Plus, DC22

Blue Coral DC22 Upholstery Cleaner Dri-Clean Plus with...
  • Effective on grease, tar, coffee, lipstick, ink, blood stains and...
  • Interior cleaner lifts stains off of carpet, upholstery and floor...
  • Easy-to-use brush cap helps remove ground-in stains and soils
  • Do not use on suede, leather, silk, velvet or clear plastic

The Blue Coral 22.8 Ounces Upholstery Cleaner is a one-of-a-kind cleaner that will help you in removing tough stains and ground-in dirt. To effectively work, spray the Blue Coral foam on your upholstery, floors, and carpets. Besides, the dry cleaner has no odor and absorbs ones generated by stains.

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I must commend the manufacturer for ensuring this water-free solvent has a brush-head for convenient cleaning of dust and stains. I usually have an easy time using it, and it doesn't emit an unpleasant odor making it one of my favorite cleaning solutions. Conversely, you can clean any of your furniture regardless of the materials.


  • Features a brush cap for convenient cleaning of dust and stains
  • It has an aerosol cleaning component that's ideal for cleaning all of your dirty upholstery
  • An odor eliminator you can count on when cleaning your upholstery
  • Ideal for all sorts of materials, including delicate fabrics


  • A bit expensive.

How to Spot Clean Upholstery

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Step 1: Test a Small Area First

Before applying any cleansers to the dirty area, we recommend testing a small, concealed area first to ensure no adverse effects on the fabric's color or texture. Then, to test the fabric, use one of the dry cleaners from the list above.

Step 2: Start Cleaning the Upholstery.

If the test spot goes well, you'll be ready to go to the main dirty area.

Step 3: Apply the Cleaning Solvent

Using a clean towel, apply the dry cleaner to the stained area (other cleaning solvents come as sprays). Then, blot the stain with a clean piece of cloth each time. This will keep the stain from reapplying to the area you are cleaning. Allow the area to dry once you have removed all the dirt.

Step 4: Vacuum the Area

Once the spot is dry, brush over it with a soft brush or use a wet-dry vacuum to restore the original texture.

Factors to Consider Before Purchasing the Best Dry-Cleaning Solvent for Upholstery

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1. The Formula of the Cleaning Solvent

Before buying the best upholstery cleaner, consider its formula. There are several cleaning formulations on the market, including liquid, foamy, powdered, and other forms. You, therefore, must determine the type of material you have and your cleaning requirements.

The foamy formula usually penetrates the surface but will readily suck up all the dirt and stains without requiring you to wait long for it to dry. On the other hand, liquids dissolve on the surface and make it hard to dry. Therefore, the foamy formulas are better than the others since they provide a combination of solid and liquid detergents to handle all cleaning requirements.

2. Cleaning Code

As mentioned earlier, there are several cleaning codes that you need to know before buying the best dry-cleaning solvent for upholstery. For example, if there's a code that reads "S," the cleaner will be water-free, but if there's a code that says "W," the cleaner will be water-based. Of course, you can also have both using the code W/S, depending on your needs or requirements.

3. Container Size

This is another factor to remember when shopping for the best upholstery cleaner. First, you must evaluate the upholstery area you want to clean. If you have more space to work on, we recommend choosing a larger bottle that's more cost-effective and will offer you more use.

4. Brand and Customer Reviews

Before buying the dry solvent, consider the brand and reviews from users. You will find out that most good dry-cleaning solvent brands have a high customer profile. However, before buying the product, always check the ingredients and how they will function on your upholstery. We recommend going for products that meet your needs.

Why Do You Need to Keep Your Upholstery Furniture Clean?

1. Delicate Material

Upholstery on furniture is mostly made with delicate materials that you need to care for using the right cleaning procedures without compromising on any aspect. The better you maintain it, the longer it will offer a modern look to your living room.

2. Eco-Friendly

Cleaning upholstered surfaces will reduce the chances of bacterial infections. Besides, if you have a pet, we recommend regular cleaning to prevent allergies in your house. As a result, the general environment will become cleaner, generating great vibes for you and your family.

3. Cost-Effective

Cleaning and taking care of the upholstery will extend its lifespan. Besides, taking care of upholstered furniture will make it easier to maintain and give it a better look even after a long period. Therefore, in the end, you won't have to spend as much money on new upholstery furniture because cleaning will be less expensive than purchasing new pieces.

Furthermore, dry-cleaning solvents retain the color and textures of furniture as new. It would be best if you didn't ignore the expensive upholstery pieces since they will start to exhibit signs of aging. The appearance can easily be ruined by dust, especially if you position them in a high-traffic area of the house.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Best Dry Upholstery Cleaner

1. How can I make a homemade upholstery dry-cleaning solvent?

Here is how you make upholstery cleaning solutions at home. First, apply baking soda to the dirty spot and scrub the spot gently with a brush. Then, mix 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 teaspoons dish detergent, and 2 to 4 drops of lemon or orange essential oil onto the spots and gently scrub the spot without damaging the material.

2. How can I clean a fabric couch without using water?

To achieve the best results, use a water-free dry-cleaning solvent on the fabric and vacuum or rub it according to the requirements. Also, check the fabric code and select the solvent accordingly to avoid unfavorable results.

3. How do I dry clean my upholstery at home?

Cleaning your upholstery at home is cost-effective and saves you a lot of time. You only need to choose one of the best dry-cleaning solvents for upholstery listed above and apply it using the easy application method for the best results.

4. Does dry cleaning remove odors?

The good news is that most dry cleaning solvents remove odors apart from removing the stains on the upholstery. However, sometimes dry cleaning solvent does not always remove odors and might exchange one odor for another.

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Brenda Nyawara is an editor at Archute. She is a graduate architect with a passion for edge-cutting ideas in design, fashion, art and modern world interests.
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