Machine to clean couch (3 top choices)

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A steam cleaner; an extractor/carpet cleaner; a dust buster…these are some of your best bets if you’re looking for a machine to clean couch.

And below we review them to point you in the right direction if you have terrifyingly dirty living room couches in need of a good clean..

Machine to clean couch- your 3 best options

This is the truth: Our beautiful living room coaches sometimes turn filthy due to kids and pets tracking in dirt (all the time),  using it for many years (without cleaning) even if you’re not a smoker, accidents like a member of the family vomiting on the sofa, etc.

With that in mind, you may want to look at the following options if you’re shopping for a good machine to clean couch:

A carpet cleaner -with an upholstery attachment

A carpet cleaner -with an upholstery attachment- does wonders when it comes to cleaning disgustingly dirty sofas.

Yeah, it is going to take a little while to completely dry out and chances are it will stink (at least for a while because it gets wet) but it works pretty well.

Now, if you’d like to go down this route, we recommend the  Bissell Pro-Heat 2X Revolution Full-Size Upright Carpet Cleaner (and Shampooer)- it cleans sofas very,very well.

More importantly, it comes with a variety of attachments including an upholstery attachment.

machine to clean couch and carpet

Bissell Pro-Heat 2X Revolution Full-Size Upright Carpet Cleaner (and Shampooer) key features/specs

  • Power Rating: 6.8amps
  • Cleaning Path Width: 11″
  • Deep clean mode (for deeper cleaning)
  • Edge cleaning brushes
  • Heatwave Technology (maintain proper water temperature)
  • 7 foot Hose
  • 22′ cord
  • Removable nozzle
  • Cleanshot pretreater
  • Spot cleaning
  • 1-Gallon tank capacity
  • Item weight: 18 lbs.


  • Very easy to use and lightweight
  • Gets all dirt right out including heavy soiling loads especially if you use OxiClean + deep cleaning together.
  • Not horribly loud


  • Small dirty water chamber



Editor’s Note: Don’t forget that there are a couple of great Bissell upholstery cleaners/extractors that you can buy –and we suggest you also take a look at the Bissell’s 3624 Portable Spot Clean portable upholstery cleaner/Professional Carpet Cleaner, if you are looking for commercial grade sofa cleaner. For domestic use, you can check out Hoover Spotless Portable Carpet/Upholstery Spot Cleaner


Steam cleaner for couch (steam machine to clean couch)

Regular steamers typically struggle to get stubborn stains out of dirty upholstered couches.

However, commercial ones do get stains off and, at the same time, disinfect which is awesome.

On that note, you should consider McCulloch 1385 Steam Cleaner– it’s also wonderful for couches (and mattresses).

And yes, you get fantastic results (seats look like brand new!) when you use the steamer along with a powerful stain cleaner (you can pretreat with shout stain cleaner or any other good stain cleaner).

Be sure to use microfiber cloths (as you steam) to blot and pick-up the stains.

steam cleaner for couch

McCulloch 1385 Steam Cleaner key features/specs

  • 64-ounce water tank (heats up properly in under 12-minutes and delivers 120 minutes of steaming).
  • Variable steam control
  • Optional steam lock (for continuous steam)
  • 4 bar (58 PSIs) pressure – with a pressure gauge (makes it safer)
  • Hertz : 60 HZ
  • 18-foot power cord (for greater reach) with integrated cord wrap for neat storage
  • 10-foot steam hose (for added maneuverability)
  • 23 different accessories including microfiber mop pad and squeegee attachment that works awesomely for couches.
  • Integrated handle
  • Item Weight:13 Pounds



  • Lightweight and again super easy to move around
  • It will sanitize your couch as well.
  • Good price.


  • If you allow the steam to get too heavy, you’ll likely need to pick a wet vac (to suck out the moisture). 



Editor’s Note: Another steamer you might want to explore as you search for the best sofa cleaning machine is the Bissell spot steam cleaner (it’s equally amazing)!


Sofa cleaner vacuum

You can also opt to vacuum the couch- and if so, our favorite tool is the Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Stick Vac.

Going cordless has one massive advantage over corded vacuums: you won’t be stuck in one small space while cleaning your couch (meaning you can easily move around and clean every other spot thoroughly)

Moving on, if what you have in mind is a machine to clean off dog and cat hair(you could have pets that sheds constantly), the easiest route is perhaps a hand vacuum.

Bearing that in mind, Bissell’s Pet Hair Eraser Lithium-Ion Cordless Hand Vacuum can be a good choice.

This vac has three attachments that help-2 of these have fuzzy velvet that’s for catching stubborn fur.

Add the incredible suction power and pet hair plus litter will be gone in no time.

Don’t forget that if your couches are exceptionally furry, you might need a few goes (at first) but it’ll get rid of everything.

portable upholstery cleaner



As an alternative, you can go for the Dyson V-8 Cordless Stick Animal Vacuum Cleaner. (It has a unique spinning brush attachment that’s exceptional on upholstery (Dyson calls it a fur buster/fur destroyer)

Oh, and there is another phenomenal cheaper and easier invention for cleaning dog / cat hair off couches that’s worth mentioning: The Chom Chom roller (See it’s reviews on Amazon).

Finally, if your car seats look pretty grungy, you may also go for a cordless car vacuum cleaner that has powerful suction.

The suction in the THISWORX Car seat Vacuum Cleaner is quite reasonable and it holds charge long enough so you get to vacuum your whole car seats(it plugs into a car outlet only).

We also love that comes with an attachment that goes in between car seats..

But as regards deep cleaning, it’s best for cleaning between car seats deep cleans as it the suction is not intended for powerful deep cleaning.


Final thoughts

Overall, the best machine to clean couch even for deep cleaning situations is a carpet cleaner/upholstery extractor such as the  Bissell Pro-Heat 2X Revolution Full-Size Upright Carpet Cleaner (and Shampooer)- or the Hoover Spotless Portable Carpet/Upholstery Spot Cleaner.

Steam cleaners come second (in our opinion) and here we highly recommend the McCulloch 1385 Steam Cleaner.

Lastly, a vac can be ideal for a few situations and the Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Stick Vac is our top choice.

We have shared a couple of other machines to clean couch and carpet that you may want to take a look at before you come to a decision including the popular little green machine to clean couch by Bissell.

Don’t forget that the fabric on your couch must be washable(durable and color fade resistant) to use most of these types of machines/tools.


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