How to Remove Stains from Upholstery

Everyone has managed to stain the upholstery on a sofa or chair at one time or another. Therefore it is important to know exactly how to remove particularly stubborn stains. In order to do so, simply follow the easy steps below:

Look at the Fabric Label

The first thing you should do when you want to remove a stain from upholstery is to look at the fabric label. This will advise the most suitable cleaner for the specific fabric using a letter code.

Remove Any Excess Residue

As soon as you notice the stain on the upholstery, remove any excess. This can often be simply swept off by hand or perhaps using a vacuum, spoon or table knife. If the stain is caused by a liquid then remove any left-over liquid using an absorbent material such as a paper towel.

Test the Cleaner

Test the cleaner in a spot where any mistakes will not be noticed, for example, behind the cushions.

Upholstery Stain Removal

How to Remove Stains from Upholstery

How to Remove Stains from Upholstery

Once you’re ready to begin the upholstery stain removal process, first determine if the stain can be removed by a water based cleaner. If the stain is removable by a water-based cleaner then use a solution of approximately 4 litres of cool to warm water with 5 teaspoons of everyday washing up liquid. If the stain is greasy or contains caramelised sugar then a solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% water would be better.

Be sure that not too much water is applied to the upholstery, using mainly the foam of the solution. Blot the stain and rub from the outside to the centre in order to avoid rings.

Providing you are not using solvent, you should now use clean water and a clean sponge to remove any remains left over from the cleaning solution.

Common Stains

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