Professional furniture cleaning and stain removal is always the best – professionals have the expertise and the specialised chemicals to identify the stain correctly and to deal with it without damage to the fabric. But if you want to tackle a stain yourself here are some general rules that are meant as guidelines to get a good result
Successful stain removal starts with correct identification of the stain itself and the type of fabric. Find a non visible part of material ( such as an inside seam or the hem area on the inside of a cushion) and use a small amount of the cleaning fluid or agent or water on the area, agitate gently and then use a white towel to blot the area—examine the cloth – if there is dye on the cloth you must accept defeat – the fabric is not colour fast and if you try to remove the stain using the solution even if you remove the stain you will have a lighter area of fabric – equally noticeable if not worse. However if you are happy that the fabric is colour fast and this is true of most modern fabrics, you can go ahead and use the cleaning product.
Do not saturate the fabric even with water – your goal is to use a little and repeat. Very few stains come out straight away . A small spray bottle is your best tool – mix whatever stain removal agent you are going to use( and we suggest starting with water) and spray the area lightly. If it is possible to put a towel beneath the area of the stain this is step number one – you are hoping to dissolve the stain and absorb it into a towel below and above.
Don’t try to launder the throw pillows and upholstery cushions from your furniture, they can be removed for spot cleaning but textile backings can be permanently damaged and the fabric may wrinkle and shrink with laundering. If the fabric colour lightens during laundering there is no way to rectify this. Zips on throws and cushions are usually provided for upholsterers to stuff packing materials, not to promote laundering.
Never ever rub the stain – the mechanics of stain removal must be observed carefully or again you may damage the fabric even if you remove the stain itself.
Tackle the stain as fast as possible – leaving it to dry makes removal a great deal more difficult and makes damage to the fabric much more likely.
Accept limitations of stain removal for upholstery – if a drink has been spilt and has soaked through the padding you will at best only be able to remove the stain on the surface – the visible stain on the fabric – it will not be possible to remove any that has seeped into the padding below the fabric.
This goes for most stains – you are only removing the visible portion of the stain and in the process attempting to cause as little damage to the fabric.
If liquid with odour such as vomit, urine or beer has been spilt on your furniture then you have a two- fold problem – to remove the stain and to remove the odour. It is even more important to remove the liquid as quickly as possible . When the liquid has soaked into the padding it must be removed by a professional because the smell will worsen as time goes by.