Even the most house proud of us will occasionally eat on the sofa! Whether it is a snack like buttery sticky popcorn or our pasta dinner or curry accidents are bound to happen . Sticky fingers and dropped forks or spoons or a splash of beer find their way onto the couch cushions eventually. Some of these stains may need professional attention but there are some simple remedies that you can use that are often surprisingly effective. We always advise our customers to be patient and do a little preparation before you deal with any furniture stain we see plenty of stains that have been set into the fabric permanently by well-intentioned attempts to clean a spot
With any cleaning technique that you’ve never tried on a piece of furniture, it is important to test it on a small, unnoticeable area before attacking the stain itself, just to make sure it won’t harm the material. These tips are made with fabric upholstery in mind; for leather and other specialized materials, check the manufacturer’s website for tips on safe cleaning.
Colored food dyes are present in many of the foods we eat, especially frozen treats and fizzy drinks, if they have stained your furniture don’t panic: follow these simple steps to remove the stain.
Blot out what you can. If the stain is still fresh and wet, use a clean microfibre cloth to soak up what you can from the upholstery.
Fill a trigger spray with tepid water If the stain you’re trying to remove contains red, orange, or purple dyes, add a tablespoon of white vinegar to the water.
Spray and blot. Spray the mixture onto the stain, and then firmly blot the area with a dry microfibre cloth, repeat as many times as you need to remove the stain. If it’s an older stain, you may want to leave the solution to set for 30 minutes or so before blotting it out. Keep changing your cloth to blot the spot until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
Repeat as needed. If the stain persists, reapply the solution and blot it dry until it fades. Many stains, especially from brightly colored foods, will need this treatment 2-3 times to be effective.
Pizza and Sauce stains –Oily Grease Stains
Pizza and take away food are hugely popular, but they also have something else in common: grease. Many stain removal techniques rely on water, but the oil content in these foods requires a different approach. To remove tough grease stains from furniture upholstery, follow these steps:
Remove excess dried grease. If dried grease is present, scrap it off gently with a plastic spoon or spatula before moving on to the next step. Be careful – you don’t want to spread the stain, so work gently and be patient. Work from the outer edge of the stain towards the centre.
Sprinkle generously with baking powder, talcum powder, or cornstarch. These powders are absorbent, and can help to pull the grease out of the furniture. Leave it to sit for about 15 minutes.
Vacuum. After 15 minutes is up, use a handheld vacuum to suck up the powder and with it the grease stain.
Dab a liquid cleaner with a clean microfibre cloth. To remove any remaining stain, apply any of the following to a clean, microfibre cloth : grease-cutting dishwashing soap, isopropyl alcohol , 1:1 solution of water and ammonia, or water mixed with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Blot continuously onto the stain until it lifts.
Repeat as needed. If the stain persists, go back to the second step and repeat as necessary.
Know When to Call the Professionals
For stains that just won’t seem to budge, it is time to call a professional upholstery cleaning service. our Deluxe Dry Upholstery Cleaning is very experienced in removing those hard-to-clean stains from sofas and chairs. Professional furniture cleaning will remove dust, pollen, and other soil from your upholstery . We can help you have healthier indoor air by removing dust and dirt, as well giving you fabulous fresh furniture.