Upholstered furniture usually needs a stronger cleaning than cabinet one, because it collects more dust, and any trouble with it happens more frequently: children accidentally spill the juice or cocoa, pet cat has been actively shedding, so who knows what else may happen. In principle, upholstered furniture should be cleaned regularly even without such incidents as house dust can cause allergies.
So many housewives clean their sofas, armchairs and ottomans with a vacuum cleaner with a variety of nozzles. This method copes well with the dust, but, unfortunately, is not suitable for all types of upholstery. So, pile fabrics (flock, velor and others) might suffer from such a cleaning process, so wipe them with a soft cloth dampened with mild soapy water.
You can use special shampoos for upholstery, however, it is necessary to be careful. Firstly, just follow the instructions on the label, and secondly, be sure to try a shampoo somewhere on the back side of the product. Upholstered furniture should be dried well after wet cleaning. Read how to treat and clean furniture right.