Upholstery Cleaning – How do you clean Dralon sofas?

We get sofas made of Dralon now, but it's a newer type… I will explain more about this material in the section headed "About Dralon developed in the 1950s.

Individual sections will be large and bold. I have written a section, "How to clean a Dralon sofa, " which are instructions if you want to try it at home. I will also add some "Images of our work… and one of how our technicians carry out an upholstery clean headed... "Short video of our upholstery cleaning process. There will also be a few helpful blogs at the end for more on upholstery cleaning. 

We get many questions about our upholstery cleaning service… one that came up recently was how do we clean dralon sofas? What do you think of when someone asks you about Dralon sofas? I instantly think of my nana’s sofa… or pictures of me as a toddler standing on my parent’s first three-piece suite. When I told my son what I would write about, he asked me what Dralon was, hahaha! 

About Dralon, developed in the 1950s

This material is an artificial fabric developed in the 1950s Dormagen in Germany and made for various items. Some popular things were:

  • Upholstery 
  • Carpet 
  • Curtains
  • Workwear
  • Furniture

They say no dry cleaning is needed when you have a carpet or sofa made of Dralon! Dirtproof, and generally, a regular vacuum will do. 

The one thing you must remember when thinking about cleaning this fabric… never clean with water over 50 degrees Celsius or 122 Fahrenheit. If the cleaning company you chose comes in with any steam cleaner… stop them!! It will not do your sofa any good! Especially if it’s the older Dralon, you could damage it beyond repair… remember, if in doubt, call your friendly professional out!

Did you know it was flammable? Yes, the older fabric was declared dangerous. When the fabric burned, it also gave off extremely hazardous fumes. Dralon modernized its brand due to European standards and developed a flame-retardant version of this fantastic fabric.

Upholstery Cleaning – How you clean your Dralon sofa:

Step 1:

Brush with a soft brush… make sure it’s very soft. After all, this is a soft fabric! Brushing with a soft brush will remove all unwanted dirt.

Step 2:

Using the upholstery nozzle, give the sofa another good once over. Please pay close attention to the headrests and arms; they receive the most oils and grease from hands and heads.

Step 3:

If you find a lot of greases, don’t despair… you can buy a grease solvent that can remove most stains. You simply apply and blot. (Solvents can be harsh on any material, so be very careful with this step. If you’re not sure, seek professional help) 

Step 4:

With a synthetic sponge, apply a dry foam upholstery cleaner. (Always follow instructions to avoid damage)

Step 5:

Once it’s clean and dried, brush with a soft brush and vacuum again… this should make the sofa’s texture look normal. 

Tip: If there are any creases, use a damp cloth to brush that area, and it should lift it out.  

Here are some images of the dralon sofas we have cleaned:

Short video of our upholstery cleaning process:


This blog shows why you should have your sofa cleaned:

Is it worth having my sofa cleaned?

Have you got a faux suede sofa… check this blog out:

Can I get my faux suede sofa clean?

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Written by Tracey Gilbey, Marketing

For further advice or information on our Carpet and Soft Furnishing care, please do not hesitate to contact the Art of Clean team on 01223 901551 in Cambridge. Our services include Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, oriental and area Rug Cleaning, Curtain Cleaning, Patio, and Driveway Pressure washing, Leather Cleaning, Stone and Tile Floor Cleaning, and Wood Floor Sanding and Restoration. We also supply new flooring and carpets through our sister company Art of Flooring. Our Dry-Cleaning service is provided by Farthings Cambridge

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