With the proliferation of DIY shows on how to fix everything from your toilet to your dog’s bark, many people think they can (and should) DIY everything in their home, even if they are unsure of its success.

RotoClean Memphis specializes in all things clean, from carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning to pressure washing and Mexican tile cleaning and refinishing. We’ll polish your concrete and refinish your hardwood floors — all with the ultimate goal of making your furnishings last longer and look like new. In this blog post, we’ll examine whether you should DIY your upholstery cleaning. Contact us today!


  • Water use. When you are cleaning upholstery, the key is water flow. You need a lot of water mixed with the right amount of cleaning solution in order to get a deep clean of your upholstery. When you DIY your upholstery cleaning, what often happens is too much water is left behind, which can be a cause for mold and mildew growth, as well as cause unsightly water stains. It takes less than two days for mildew growth to begin, which means odds are mildew growth would begin before it had a chance to dry out.
  • Experience. Renting an upholstery machine is fine and dandy. However, the instructions are often lacking, and if you’ve never used one before, it can be daunting. Usually you’re in a time crunch since upholstery cleaning machines are rented by the day. This means you don’t really have all that much time to practice your skills. Odds are, you’re going to use too much water or too much cleaning solution, which will result in a shoddy job or mildew — both of which does not improve your upholstery in the least.
  • Quality of equipment. When you DIY your upholstery cleaning, you are renting a sub-par machine. These machines are meant to be lightly used and used by inexperienced consumers. You’re not going to get the power of a professional upholstery cleaning that uses the right water temperature, as well as the right attachments and processes for the different types of material that your upholstery is made from. A DIY machine is a one-size-fits-all design, which your upholstery is definitely not.


When you invest in a professional upholstery cleaning company, such as RotoClean Memphis, you’ll be assured that your upholstery won’t have cushion shrinkage, texture damage, color fading, or dye bleeding.

Here at RotoClean, we start with an inspection to inspect what kind of fabric you have and what you are hoping to get out of the process, including any stains you’d like treated. We then vacuum the surface and implement our enzyme treatment, which is using hot water and steam cleaning to clean your upholstery. Our pre-spray treatment begins working right away to loosen dirt and stains from your upholstery. We then steam clean, killing any germs and removing stains. We finish off our upholstery cleaning process by deodorizing and applying a Teflon protective barrier.

Call RotoClean Memphis for the best upholstery cleaning today!