Upholstered beds are extremely comfortable and inviting. In addition, these beds meet interior décor demands perfectly. With proper care, you'll enjoy this investment for a long time. Let us teach you how to clean your upholstered bed frame to keep it looking amazing at all times.

Understanding upholstered beds

An upholstered bed is a wooden or metal bed frame covered with fabric, faux leather or any other material, usually with some padding in between. The result is a soft, luxurious and beautiful bed frame. You can have this bed in any colour you like when you go for a bespoke creation to match your specific styling preferences.

While you'll enjoy an upholstered bed's look and feel, you need to give it extra care since it's unlike other beds. That fabric layer introduces particular cleaning challenges. For example, the fabric can easily stain. Typically, you don't have to worry about stains on a wooden or metal surface. However, you need to be extra careful with your upholstered bed as stains can easily show, depending on the shade.

In addition, the bed is a pet hair magnet. If you have a cat or dog in the house, your upholstered bed will almost always be covered with pet hair. The lighter the shade, the harder it'll be to notice a build-up. Furthermore, the bed can collect plenty of dust over time.

Another unique characteristic of this bed is how the specific fabric behaves. While the bed needs special care, the different fabrics have unique cleaning requirements. For example, leather tends to have minimal cleaning needs but needs plenty of care to prevent damage. In contrast, velvet can be harder to clean but will prove more resilient than leather.

You also need to consider the padding underneath, which tends to soak up moisture and odours. Therefore, while cleaning, you must find ways to remove any moisture and keep the bed smelling fresh.

Alby Fabric Bed Frame

Product: Alby Fabric Bed Frame in Danza Velvet Stone

How to clean your upholstered bed frame

It's not all doom and gloom; understanding your upholstered bed is how you'll keep it in its best shape. Approach cleaning your upholstered be with care, attention, and the right equipment. You'll need: 

  • Water
  • Fabric cleaner
  • Baking soda
  • Stain remover
  • A vacuum cleaner with an extension wand
  • Steamer
  • Soft dry clothes
  • Fabric deodorant

The best approach to cleaning your upholstered bed is to vacuum it weekly. Regular vacuuming keeps the bed free of dust, pet hairs, and other allergens, for better sleep. Use the extension wand when vacuuming to eliminate dust and dirt in slits, buttons and other crevices.

You'll then need to use the fabric cleaner to eliminate sweat, grease and other dirt that vacuuming couldn't remove. It is best to patch test the fabric cleaner to ensure it won't stain, bleach or damage the fabric before using it all over the bed. Apply the fabric cleaner sparingly to avoid altering the fabric's constitution over time. A good product should have instructions for safe use.

If you notice stains on the bed, use the stain remover on those sections. Alternatively, you can steam clean those sections since some grease stains only need heat to remove. If there is excess moisture on the fabric after this exercise, use the dry pieces of cloth to remove it. You may substitute with white paper towels only so they don't introduce stains on the fabric.

Next, apply baking soda all over the bed. Baking soda is an excellent absorbent, which will suck up all the moisture and odours, especially in the padding. Remove the bedding and other items on your bed before applying baking soda for maximum effect. Let the baking soda sit for at least an hour before removing it with the vacuum cleaner.

Finally, use the fabric deodorant to give your bed that fresh smell. Aim for one that has a pleasant yet gentle smell. Remember, you'll be sleeping here; any strong odours, however nice, could interfere with your sleep quality.

Alderford Fabric Bed Frame

Product: Alderford Fabric Bed Frame in Moda Ochre

General care tips

Besides regularly and thoroughly cleaning your upholstered bed, you need to also care for it in other ways. First, you need to schedule a strict cleaning timetable. Keep in mind the seasons and your environment, where you'll pay attention to particularly dusty days or days when it is extra humid. In addition, find out from the manufacturer any special cleaning needs for your specific fabric.

In addition, you need to position your bed to avoid direct sunlight as much as possible. The sun shines harmful ultraviolet rays that damage the fabric. Therefore, either place the bed away from the sun's path in the room or draw your blinds to minimise its impact. You can easily change curtain blinds, but replacing the fabric on an upholstered bed is costly and time-consuming.

Furthermore, choose a shade you can easily manage. While upholstered beds add a new dimension to your bedroom interior décor, aim to settle for a colour and fabric type that you'll be able to easily maintain. These beds need extra cleanliness, and lighter shades like white or off white need you to be even more careful to avoid staining and constant cleaning. If you have pets, train them not to damage your bed.

These tips help keep your bedroom and entire house cleaner overall. It may initially seem like a lot of work, but over time, you'll appreciate how clean and fresh your house is and how nice your bedroom looks and feels. Upholstered beds really do add an element of luxury and elegance to your bedroom.


An upholstered bed is one of the best options for your bedroom. You only need to care for it well to enjoy its benefits for long. Be especially clear on cleaning and handling it to preserve all its excellent qualities. Now you know how to clean your upholstered bed frame and care for it, contact us to discuss how we can make you the bespoke bed of your dreams.

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