How to Easily Remove Upholstery and Sofa Stains
Sofa stains and spillages are inevitable. Especially if you live in a household with pets or children. If you've ever purchased a comfy couch plush microfiber armchair then your worst nightmare is surely a
So, what happens when your new piece is the unsuspecting victim of a
Tested and true cleaning solutions aside, there are a couple surefire ways of removing stains from just about any piece of furniture, clothing, etc. All stain removal processes follow a certain
Next is knowing full well what you can and can’t use to remove sofa and upholstery stains. Most furniture makers will include an upholstery care tag somewhere on their products, so you can know ahead of time if the piece is truly washable. If you neglect to check in and find what’s going to make matters worse, you run the risk of making a bigger mess of your sofa. As a tip, when you’re shopping for new furniture, ask about and be sure that you’re aware of where this tag is located. Ask about how best to tackle cleaning your new piece. The same thing goes for old couches - if you’re expecting a little one in the household for an afternoon visit with family and friends, check ahead of time if you anticipate a spill. Prevention is better than cure, as they say.
If you can, remove the cushion slipcover. This will prevent the stain from penetrating down into other parts of the furniture. Then comes tackling the stain itself with any number of cleaning solutions. We heavily recommend using all-natural cleaning solutions because of
The material itself consists of synthetic polyester-based fibers that are extremely thin so they can be made to look like suede or even leather. Its affordability and durability often
Microfiber cannot, for the most part, be tackled with good old soap and water. If you try to clean a stain from a microfiber material with dish soap and hot water, you run the risk of leaving water rings and making the stain look worse than when you started. Further, microfiber is relatively water-resistant, so water just doesn’t have the punch needed to lift and remove stains.
Again, consult the cleaning tag of your microfiber sofa before tackling a stain - but as a rule, most will recommend using a solvent-based detergent or cleaner.
What kind of solvent? Microfiber, like all
When beginning to clean a stain from your leather sofa, try vacuuming the entire area first. Leather offers a great surface that doesn’t allow liquids to quickly absorb into the cushions themselves. However, dust and dirt can be rubbed into the leather grain causing abrasions and damage to the surface.
A good household cleaner for leather is a simple mixture of white vinegar and water. A citrus based solvent can also yield good results. As well, a natural, moisturizing soap and some warm water can provide good results. The moisturizing aspect is to prevent the leather from drying out - it is an organic material, after all.
For conditioning your leather to protect it from future stains and other damage, one part vinegar with two parts linseed oil or flaxseed oil provides a great barrier. Apply this mixture in tight circles all over the leather surface and leave to sit overnight. The leather will absorb a portion of this mixture, and the excess can be wiped away and buffed the following morning with a clean rag.
Aerosol hairspray can make short work of permanent marker stains on leather sofas, and mold and mildew can be removed with equal parts warm water and rubbing alcohol. Dark
Basic upholstered fabric sofas can benefit from steaming to begin the cleaning process. Steaming the fabric loosens stains and makes them more responsive to treatment. If you don’t have a steam cleaner, a clothing iron’s steam function can work well - but be careful not to burn your fabric. A little dish soap and warm water
All solvents should be tested in smaller sections of your furniture to make sure they do not
Book a Professional Upholstery Clean
Still not sure how to go about sofa stain removal? Or you simply don't want to risk damaging your expensive furniture? Well fear not, there is one more thing you can do...
Book a professional, all-natural steam cleaning.
At AspenClean, we offer a deep steam-cleaning service for all types of upholstery, as well as carpets and area rugs. Let our skilled technicians take care of your sofa stains, and relax in the knowledge that your upholstery items will be as good as new.
Finally, our range of all-natural cleaners