How to remove stains from upholstery
Category: Upholstery Cleaning
One of the ways of avoiding a poor result is to use a professional cleaning company but, armed with the right information, it is possible to remove some types of stain yourself.
Your first port of call is to check whether your upholstery covers are machine washable. If they are, then this is, as you might expect, the simplest course of action, and is particularly effective when combined with a specialist stain-removing product.
However, if machine washing isn't possible, spot cleaning will likely be sufficient to remove most stains. For light marks, baby wipes are a good choice - gentle and relatively dry, they remove mild stains without saturating the area, being gentle on the fabric.
For more stubborn marks, laundry detergent can work well. Dampen a cloth and add detergent to one end, mixing well to create suds before gently rubbing on the stain until it begins to fade. Then, continue with a clean damp cloth (without detergent) until the stain has been removed. Once clear, pat the area as dry as possible, then leave to finish drying naturally.
You can also follow the same process using white vinegar, though you will need to follow this with a soapy mixture to ensure the smell of vinegar does not linger in your upholstery.
No matter what you use to get your sofas and chair clean, a few key rules apply. Firstly, it is always a good idea to test any cleaner on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it does not react badly with the fabric.
Secondly, to reduce the risk of damage, avoid saturating the fabric. Finally, leave the upholstery to dry naturally if possible. Covers that have been removed for machine cleaning will usually return to their shape best if put back in place while still damp.
To deal with any stubborn stains that won't budge, call the experts!
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