Furniture that is upholstered has a lovely charming look to it. However, when stains occur on these types of furniture, the stain removal process can be quite a hassle when it comes to keeping the house clean. With these handy tips, you can make light work of stains in your upholstered furniture, from sofa cleaning to other furniture items. The key to effective stain removal is time, so remember to act quickly when stains occur and they won’t have time to become a burden.
1. Vacuum first. This action will remove dust and dirt spots from your upholstered furniture.
2. Blot the stain. For fresh spills, act fast as they occur by blotting them. Use paper towel or a clean cloth and use a blotting action to soak up the stain. Do not rub the stain is a circular motion as this can cause it to spread and become more inset.
3. Know what cleaner to use. To clean the spill entirely, you will need to use a cleaning product. However, different types of upholstered furniture have different cleaning methods. Be sure to read the manufacturers care cleaning instructions. Generally, there will be a letter on your furniture, often under the seat cushion or on the side of the furniture. The codes for these letters are:
- W – a water based detergent must be used to clean the fabric
- S – use a water free product such as a dry cleaning solvent to clean the fabric
- WS – either a water based cleaner or a dry cleaning solvent can be used
- X – this fabric needs to be professional cleaned and you should contact a cleaning company that specialises in sofa cleaning to remove the stain properly
For the most effective stain removal in your upholstered furniture cleaning, you should use a quality cleaning product. Instead of buying expensive and chemically enhanced cleaners, you can make your own cleaning product. Some recipes include:
- Shampoo: use 2 cups of warm water and a few squirts of dishwashing soap. Mix these in a mixing bowl, ideally using an electric beater to create thick foam. This needs to be used immediately as it cannot be stored. This is ideal for cleaning your upholstered furniture, whether there are stains or not. The shampoo disinfects, cleans and deodorises in one easy go.
- Food stain remover: when food stains, such as a berries or chocolate, get onto your upholstered furniture, this simple recipe will create an effective remover. Combine 1 tablespoon of white vinegar with 2/3 cups of rubbing alcohol. Combine these together and use a white cloth to blot the stain. Once the stain is gone, clean it off with some clean water and blot it dry.
- Cleaning paste: take ½ cup of baking soda, ½ cup of corn starch and some water to create this paste. Combine the ingredients, using just enough water to form a thick paste. Apply the paste to the stain on your furniture and leave it sit until it is dry. This should take around half an hour, sometimes more depending on how much paste you needed to use to cover the entire stain. After the paste has dried, scrape it off using a blunt knife or brush it off. You will need to vacuum the upholstered fabric and the floor around it after this has been done as there may be crumbs and flakes that spill.