The Best upholstery cleaners are smaller than your normal carpet cleaning machines, so you can easily carry them around the furniture you need to clean. Most of them come with a two-tank system, so you keep the clean and dirty water separate and a scrubbing nozzle to help with caked-in dirt.
We have a three-year-old and a fluffy dog, so we decided to try as many of these upholstery cleaners as possible to find out which is the best for you. Here's our shortlist.
BISSELL SpotClean ProHeat (opens in new tab)
The best choice for your home
Bissell has been making carpet cleaners for many years now and is an expert at their trade. The SpotClean ProHeat (spaces are a thing, people) is an excellent all-rounder with dual tanks and a powerful deep cleaning nozzle to clean from the base of the stain.
The heatwave technology means you will always a good temperature in the clean water to get the most effective stain removal.
Hoover Spotless Portable Carpet & Upholstery Spot Cleaner (opens in new tab)
A budget choice with a lot of power
Like the Bissell, the Hoover is a dual tank solution that is easy to carry around your house and furniture. The cost is great, and it works extremely well on stains, especially ones caused by pet accidents.
Rug Doctor Pet Portable Spot Cleaner (opens in new tab)
The best known name in cleaning
Rug Doctor is a well-known brand name that you can rely on. This large and powerful cleaner has a telescopic handle that makes it easy to roll around the house as you clean in all the different rooms. It is specifically designed to be as powerful against pet mess as possible, including extra powerful suction to clean and dry.
Bissell Pet Stain Eraser PowerBrush (opens in new tab)
Great for emergency spot cleans
If you are looking for something to clean your car upholstery or that occasional emergency spot clean, then the PowerBrush from Bissell is perfect. It's compact and easy to grab for quick jobs but may struggle with larger stained areas.
Hoover concentrated machine cleaner solution (opens in new tab)
You'll need this when you buy the machine
These upholstery cleaners are great, but most of them a good cleaning agent in them to really make a difference. Don't forget to buy yourself some when you get your new machine. It will save you time and effort.
Suck it up!
So it turns out your furniture doesn't actually look like you think it does. Once you have given it a really good clean with a machine like the BISSELL SpotClean ProHeat (opens in new tab) or the Hoover Spotless Portable Carpet & Upholstery Spot Cleaner (opens in new tab), you'll immediately notice that it is much nicer than you remember. I was amazed at the difference one of these machines makes, and I think you will be too.