With the amount of time that people spend lounging on their furniture, a spill is bound to happen and stain the upholstery. The only sure way to protect upholstered furniture from stains is to cover it in plastic but these covers make furniture unattractive and uncomfortable. Therefore it is important to know to remove stains from the upholstery. The following tips should help you remove stains from your upholstered furniture but if a stain is too difficult to be removed with these methods, contact Green T Carpet Cleaning to have it removed.
The first and possibly most important step in removing stains from upholstered furniture is to figure out what type of fabric the upholstery is. The type of fabric will determine which cleaning method is the best to use as each type should be cleaned differently. The furniture tags usually contain a code that represents the best cleaning method to use for the type of fabric. The following are the most common codes:
- W: Spot clean the upholstery using a mild detergent or water based solution.
- S: Spot clean the upholstery with a mild water-free cleaning solvent or dry-cleaning product in a well ventilated area.
- SW: Spot clean with a mild solvent, foam from a mild detergent, or water-based products.
- X: Do not clean the upholstery with any product including water because they will damage the fabric. Furniture with this code can only be cleaned professionally or with a brush or vacuum.
Once you determine the preferred cleaning method for the type of fabric, it is time to remove the stain from the upholstery. Here are some general guidelines for cleaning your furniture:
- Check the code for the best cleaning method before anything else.
- Test the cleaning solution in a hidden area of the furniture first to make sure that you won’t damage the upholstery.
- Do not rub the fabric excessively or with too much force to avoid wearing down the fabric.
- A solution of 50% water and 50% white vinegar should be used to treat grease stains.
- Most materials except those with the “X” code should be cleaned with water after the solution has been applied.
- If the stain cannot be removed by these methods or the upholstery is in need of general cleaning, contact Green T Carpet Cleaning.
Green T Carpet Cleaning specializes in cleaning carpets, area rugs, and upholstery using the industry standard hot water extraction method. Contact us to have your upholstered furniture professionally cleaned.