How to Remove Stains From Upholstery
Whether you just moved into a new house or apartment or it’s just time to give the old upholstery an update, this guide will show you how to clean your couch and get rid of stains.
Upholstery is one of those things that can be really easy to take care of if you know what you’re doing. It also pays off well because the right upholstery can go a long way to freshening up an entire room.
So why not try upholstery cleaning Perth by following these tips? One day, instead of having stained couches in your living room, you could have brand-new looking furniture that feels like heaven when you sit down on it after a hard day at work (it’s especially nice on cold winter days).
Before you do anything, be sure to read the tag on your couch. Some furniture needs dry cleaning, some can only be fed through a certain type of washing machine or dryer, and others just need to be dusted regularly. Always follow the instructions that are given, they’re for your safety and convenience.
Upholstery isn’t something you clean everyday so it’s important to remember these things before getting started. You don’t want anyone catching an infection or getting hurt because of old shoes or sticky hands touching upholstery that hasn’t been cleaned in months (or years), right?
Get yourself two buckets (one filled with water and household detergent mix, one filled with plain water) and follow along as I show you how to do the actual cleaning.
- First, protect yourself and your clothes by wearing old clothing (something that’s okay if it gets stained). Wear some old shoes too; go for something with flat soles so no dirt or mud is carried in. If you’re worried about damaging the upholstery, get on some knee pads like carpenters use (knee pads can be found at most hardware stores).
- Next, find the spot that needs attention; you’ll probably need to pull things off of the couch to get down near where the stain is on or under it. Once you’ve identified what needs cleaning, grab your detergent-filled bucket and turn your attention to removing stains.
- Next, dampen the stain with water. If you’re cleaning upholstery that’s not too dirty, just use a wet sponge or cloth to wipe the area down until you have it as clean as possible.
- After that, scrub at the spot using your soapy water and a nail brush (for harder stains) or an old toothbrush (good for getting grime out of little nooks and crannies). Work on the stain until you think you’ve removed everything there is to remove; if it doesn’t go away completely, keep trying. And don’t forget to wash your hands when you’re finished washing the furniture!
- By this point most stains should be gone from your couch but some stubborn ones (grass, wine stains) may need a more “powerful” solution. If that’s the case with your furniture, grab some solvent from a local hardware shop and follow the instructions on the label.
- After doing all this, rinse out your bucket and set it aside for later use if you want to do a second round of cleaning. Try using a dry cloth or sponge to wipe down what you’ve cleaned so far so all traces of cleaner have been removed from the upholstery.
- For very dirty couches with residues from old spills and stains still sitting there, mix one cup ammonia (or water) into your other bucket then add an equal amount of vinegar (or water). Soak a cloth in this mixture then twist it (so the cloth doesn’t drip) and use it to wipe down the entire area you want to clean. Once you’ve done that, dry off your upholstery with a new cloth or paper towels then proceed as normal.
- If stains are still present on your couch, keep repeating steps 5 – 7 until they’re gone completely.
Now that you’ve finished cleaning your upholstery, there are some things I have to tell you about caring for it so you don’t undo all of this work! Always remember these points when getting started with upholstery cleaning Hobart:
— Never put any furniture near heaters or air conditioners if possible; extreme temperatures can damage fabric unless they’re protected very well.
— Vacuum upholstery regularly using a vacuum cleaner attachment or by hand with a dusting brush.
— Make sure all pets and children are kept away from your sofas, chairs, rugs and other upholstery whenever possible. Kids tend to be messy while pets often scratch or bite at furniture as a play thing. Keep those two things from doing more damage!
— If you’re going to redecorate rooms in your house, consider replacing old couch covers with new ones instead of trying to clean them again because they probably won’t come out looking good as new even if you try really hard.
I hope this article has been helpful for anyone who wants to work on their but needs some guidance first!
And as always, happy cleaning!