A quick search of the internet might lead you to believe that no one in the history of the world has failed to blot and treat a spill in a timely manner. That you and your upholstery are utterly doomed because your stains have set-in and nothing at least nothing short of inventing a time machine, crashing the lively spaghetti and red wine party that marred the vintage set of dining chairs you just scored at the flea market, and cleaning those spills when they occur will be of any use in removing the stains.
You can buy upholstery cleaning products from your local stores nearby, but there are other products that you can find around the home that will also help to get your sofas and chairs clean:
- Mild laundry detergent and warm water, mixed well to create suds.
- White vinegar is a good choice for removing surface stains, but you’ll want to use a soapy solution afterwards to give the area an intensive clean. You’ll also want to air the sofa as much as possible afterwards by opening windows or by using a fan to help reduce the smell of the vinegar.
- Baby wipes are ideal for spot-cleaning upholstery. They’re very gentle, so they won’t damage the material, and they’re relatively dry, so there’s no chance of over-saturating your furniture.
Furniture cleaning is really easy, try out a few techniques before choosing the one that is right for your things. This step-by-step guide explains how to clean your chairs and sofa:
- Before using any upholstery cleaning products, vacuum the sofa or chair first to remove as much surface dirt and dust as possible. Be sure to use the correct attachments to avoid damage to the material, a soft brush attachment is ideal.
- Spot cleaning by using baby wipes or vinegar poured onto a strong microfiber cloth, apply to any obvious stains, wiping gently as you go. Remember to test the upholstery cleaning products on an inconspicuous area first.
- Using soapy water and a microfiber cloth, gently wipe your sofa with the solution, allowing it to soak into the fabric and tackle the dirt beneath the surface. You only want to use a very small amount of water.
- Some people use a hairdryer to quickly dry a sofa, but allowing it to dry naturally is always the better option, if you have the time. To speed things up, open windows and allow the breeze to help with the drying process.
Stains on fabric furnishings are easiest to tackle when they are fresh. The longer they are left unattended, the more difficult they will be to remove. White vinegar solution is a good home remedy to remove odor and stains on fabric furnishings. Mix a cup of white vinegar and a cup of cool water into a clean spray bottle. When handling fresh soiling, always remove any excess solid or fluid before commencing spot removal by using kitchen towel. Instead of wiping the wet stain, always use kitchen paper to dab on the excess fluid to prevent the stain from spreading. Carbonated water or soda water is often used to remove stain on fabric as it is pH neutral and odorless. Carbonated water can be a more effective choice compared to water when used for tackling stubborn stain like wine or blood. So, instead of using water to clean or rinse stains, pour a small amount of carbonated water onto the stain to blot. And if all else fails, call a professional for help.