Americans spend nearly six hours a week cleaning their homes. Daily cleaning tasks are a breeze after you’ve done them a few times, but tough furniture stains need a bit more knowledge before you can tackle them.
Upholstery stains are the bane of most homeowners; not only does the stain mar the beautiful surface, but upholstery cleaning is a tricky process. Luckily there are a few tips and tricks you can try out before you declare your furniture ruined.
Keep reading to find out how to get rid of your tough furniture stains easily.
Keep on Dabbing
If you manage to catch the moment the stain appears, you might be able to dab it away.
Using a dry cloth, gently dab the affected area to sop up any liquid that can cause a stain. Don’t use too much force, as this can push the liquid deeper into the fabric, making the stain worse. You also don’t want to wipe the area, simply dab it, to ensure the stain doesn’t spread.
Use a Cleaning Solution
The type of solution you use will be determined by the type of fabric on your furniture. Leather furniture and fabric furniture will need different cleaning solutions.
For leather furniture, your best course of action will be to combine equal parts water and white vinegar to create a cleaning solution. Then simply dampen a cloth and wipe the material down. Just be sure to dry the leather with a clean and dry cloth afterward!
Fabric furniture can be a bit trickier as there’s a wide variety of fabrics your furniture can be made with.
If you’re dealing with a smelly stain, you’ll first need to use baking soda to deodorize the furniture. Once the baking soda has absorbed any smells, you can vacuum it up.
To remove any remaining stains, you can create a cleaning solution by combining a tablespoon of vinegar, a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, and a cup of warm water in a spray bottle.
Spray the cleaning solution onto a cloth and then gently dab the stain on the fabric.
Call a Professional Cleaning Service
If all else fails, your last option is to hire an upholstery cleaning service. Cleaning services have access to tools and cleaning products that the average person doesn’t. This means they’ll be able to tackle stains you can’t get to lighten in the slightest.
A service that specializes in upholstery cleaning will also have the knowledge on how to best treat your upholstery. Just slapping cleaning products on furniture can do more harm than good, so it’s important to know how these products will interact with the material.
Get Rid of Furniture Stains
Furniture stains don’t necessarily mean your upholstery is ruined forever. If you employ these tips and tricks to get your furniture clean, you should be able to get rid of most stains on your own. If the stain doesn’t want to budge, it’s best to hire professionals to take care of your furniture for you.
Sunlight Carpet Care provides professional upholstery cleaning services to help you bring your furniture back to life. Feel free to contact us today to schedule a cleaning service to ensure that all your upholstery cleaning needs are taken care of.