Published On:
July 6, 2022

Steam Cleaning vs Upholstery Cleaning: Which is best for your home?

In a perfect world, we’d all be able to deep clean our carpets and couches once a week. But in the real world, that just isn’t always possible. That’s where steam cleaning and upholstery cleaning come in. Both are great options for cleaning your furniture and carpets, but what’s the difference? We’ll break down the pros and cons of steam cleaning vs upholstery cleaning, so you can decide which option is best for you.

What is steam cleaning?

Steam cleaning is a cleaning method that uses pressurized steam to clean surfaces. The high temperature and pressure of the steam helps to loosen dirt and stains, and the vapor can penetrate deep into fabrics fibres, lifting the dirt and moisture away. This means that steam cleaning is a great way to disinfect furniture, and can also clean surfaces and fabrics that are stained or dirtied. The only downside of steam cleaning is that it can be a bit tough on surfaces if you're not careful due to the high temperature. So always test a small area before steaming larger areas.

Steaming loosens dirt and stains

What is upholstery cleaning?

Upholstery cleaning is the process of cleaning the fabric on furniture or carpets using a special cleaner or detergent that is designed for upholstery fabrics, and with an upholstery machine that soaks and vacuums up the cleaning chemical. Upholstery cleaning can be done on any furniture with a fabric surface.

Upholstery cleaning washes and disinfects the fabric with special chemicals

The benefits of steam cleaning

Due to the hot water and pressure used in steam cleaning, not only is it more effective than traditional methods like vacuuming and wiping, it's also a more efficient way to clean because it allows you to cover a larger area at once. Steam cleaning is great for removing tough dirt and light stains, as well as killing bacteria and germs. It's also perfect for those who have allergies or asthma, as it doesn't produce any harmful chemicals or fumes. Plus, the steam usually fluffs up the fibres and make your furniture soft and extra comfortable immediately after! Steam cleaning is also great for keeping curtains clean.

If you're looking for a quick and easy way to clean your furniture, we recommend trying steam cleaning. It's a fast, efficient, and affordable way to get your furniture looking new again. Plus, there isn't any downtime, and the furniture is left warm and fluffy for your use right after. Our team of experts use high-powered equipment to blast away all the dirt and grime, leaving your furniture looking and smelling fresher.

Steaming can be done on curtains too

The benefits of upholstery cleaning

Upholstery cleaning is a great way to deep clean your furniture and remove any deeply embedded dirt, dust, and allergens. It's like washing your furniture without damaging it! If there are any major stains, the strong solvents used in upholstery cleaning is required to remove it. A thorough round of upholstery cleaning will also disinfect all the fibres of the fabric deeply.

The downside of steam cleaning

As steam cleaning does not use much chemicals but instead rely on pressure and steam, it may not remove very tough stains. Plus, it will not be as thorough or deeply penetrating as it does not use as much chemicals.

The downside of upholstery cleaning

Upholstery cleaning can seem like a great option when your furniture is starting to look a bit worse for wear, but there are a few things you should know before you book. Firstly, upholstery cleaning is a more intensive and thorough process than steam cleaning, so it will take longer and be more expensive.

Thirdly, upholstery cleaning will leave items wet for up to 24 hours, so do not plan on upholstery cleaning your mattress unless you don't want to sleep in it that night! Make sure you allow your carpets and furniture to dry completely before using them again, and keep an eye on any areas that seem to be damp for an extended period of time to prevent any mould from growing.


Steam cleaning and upholstery cleaning are both methods of cleaning surfaces, but they are not the same. Upholstery cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of fabric furniture, while steam cleaning can refer to the cleaning of many different surfaces such as curtains as well.

Upholstery cleaning typically uses a detergent or solvent to clean the surface, while steam cleaning uses heat and water to clean the surface. Upholstery cleaning is a good option for removing tough dirt and stains and thorough disinfection, while steam cleaning is a good option for killing germs and disinfecting surfaces quickly and efficiently.

Yearly steaming is recommended for furniture to keep them clean and disinfected. Nimbus Homes’ steam cleaning experts cover all areas of your furniture systematically, ensuring they are as good as new. Book your slot today to see the difference!

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