Top Tips on Cleaning Furniture Stains

Cleaning stains on upholstery is more difficult because in most cases you cannot launder the fabric so the stain has to be cleaned in situ. This makes it complicated. Here are some great tips that you can use to help with the removal of stains on your furniture


  1. Use special care not to damage the upholstery fabric by rubbing or scrubbing the stain. Only blot or press the stain to clean it. The fabric  fibres are more fragile when wet and if you distort the fabric it can’t be repaired.
  2. Test for fabric colourfastness before you treat the stain, if the dye in your upholstery fabric is not stable, even if you remove the stain you will lighten the area and be left with an unsightly light patch. You can test on a hidden area of the fabric  ( such as an inner seam ) and moisten the fabric with cleaning agent – leave for a few minutes and then blot with a white towel or paper towel .If there is no dye transfer you safe to use the cleaning product.
  3. Always place absorbent towels or paper towels under the fabric area you are treating. The cleaning agent will dissolve the stain and the towels will remove the stain away from the fabric and prevent it spreading. This is possible in many areas of upholstery but not if the stain is on the arm rest or on the back of a sofa.
  4. Remove the Stain as quickly as you can – the longer it is allowed to sit the more difficult a stain is to remove. Blot up as much liquid as you can and remove any solids with the dull side of a knife or a spoon.
  5. Use only the minimum amount of cleaning agent – less is definitely better in this instance – use a spray bottle to apply the cleaner and spray sparingly in short bursts.
  6. Blot or tamp stains after you have applied the cleaner – don’t  rub or brush the stained area. Blot moving in a direction from the outside edge toward the stain center so that a ring will not form. It is better to do a little and repeat the process rather than do too much in one go.
  7. Be very selective about the cleaning agent you use – do not any account use a cleaner with oxi or oxy in the title – these contain bleaching agents and may bleach the fabric if applied directly to the stain.
  8. Let the treated area air-dry between treatments and assess the removal progress when it is dry – it is too difficult to tell if the stain is gone when the fabric is wet.
  9. If the stain is on a flat area you can put a wad of paper towels or a towel on the damp patch and put a heavy book on top – replace the towels as they absorb the moisture
  10. The most important thing to remember is not to cause damage by your stain removal efforts. If in doubt the best strategy is to blot up the liquid and remove as much of the stain as possible and then to call an experienced professional upholstery cleaning service. Your upholstery is very visible and if you cause damage it is costly to replace.