Stains have a way of creeping up onto our sofas, chairs, ottomans and other upholstered items regularly. Whether Little Timmy dropped his ice cream cone on the couch or Fido jumped on the ottoman with muddy paws, stains must be approached with care, understanding, and fast action.
The best way to approach a stain is to have a professional handle it, mainly because they will know exactly what method to use to extract the stain from the surface of the stained item. Chances are the item was pricey and replacing it would be too much of an expense. As such, having it treated correctly the first time will ensure it a longer life and will make sure to keep that money you would have otherwise spent safe and secure in your pocket.
If hiring a cleaning company is not an option, however, there are a few steps anyone can follow to properly treat a stain. They are:
- Know your fabric – Look on the tag to see what kind of fabric was used and what kind of cleaner will work best.
- Remove excess food or soil product to prevent further staining and seepage.
- Find a hidden small spot to test chosen cleaner.
- Depending on the type of stain, either use a solution of water and cleaning detergent (non-oil based) or a solution of vinegar and water (oil-based).
- Do not wet the fabric too much or else it will make a bigger mess.
- Do not rub the fabric too vigorously or else it might damage.
- Rinse the fabric with a wet sponge as many times as necessary as a final wiping of the surface.
- Blot the remaining liquid with white cotton towels that have a weight placed on them to ensure maximum soaking of excess water from the cleaned item.
These general steps should help anyone to successful determine the type of stain they have and how to appropriately clean it.