With any stain, timing is key. Clean your upholstery as soon as you conveninetly can. older stains ste in with pressure, heat and use. In general, there are three main things to consider when cleaning upholstery
- Fabric Type
- Size and Location of Stain
- Type of Stain
Check the label. Most synthetic fabrics can be cleaned by hand. If it is a natural and synthetic blend, test a small patch or corner in an unnoticeable are with water and cleaning solution before continuing on to the more obvious stain. Fabrics that are more than 50% cotton will probably require professional cleaning - contact us for a quote!
Size and Location
Larger and more obvious stains may require professional cleaning, but spots and minor spills can be handled simply yourself. Use as little water as possible to help preserve the look ant texture of your upholstery after the cleaning process. Baby wipes are often very effective.
Type of Stain
- Grease and oil can be tough. Try sprinkling salt, cornstarch or baby powder on these to soak up as much as you can. Then, brush off the grease and powder residue.
- Coffee stains can be removed with a small amount of dish detergent, vinegar and water.
- Crayon marks can often be removed with a non-gel toothpaste, in small sections. Wipe with a lightly damp cloth afterwards.
- Mold or mildew stains smell. A mixture of hydrogen peroxide and color-safe bleach will kill the smell and bacteria. Follow that up with a damp cloth and allow to dry.