How to Treat Common Furniture Stains

Cleaning Furniture StainsHave you ever found a stain on a piece of furniture and tried cleaning it, but ended up damaging it even more? If you have, then you know how irritating it can be to fix the mess after the mess. The following will help you prevent and eliminate an array of stains to have your furniture looking as good as new again.

Upholstery Stains

  • Prevention: Be sure to regularly vacuum your upholstery so as to avoid having food crumbs settle in between the cracks. Vacuuming can actually considerably fade an old stain, too. Most importantly, you should treat a spill the instant it touches your furniture; the sooner you treat it, the less likely it’ll get absorbed to the point where it becomes increasingly difficult to remove.
  • Treatment: Before you take on any type of stubborn stain, check the cleaning mode mapped out for the particular material you’ll be cleaning. Some portions can only handle water, while others can withstand the use of chemical solutions.

Sometimes, steaming your furniture before trying to remove a stain can help since it’ll slightly loosen up the stain particles. If the upholstery piece does not contain a code for cleaning, then you might want to start with water and/or vinegar, as permitted.

Using soap and water as the first attempt to pat the mark with a soft sponge, rather than rubbing it, is the best move. Make sure the water is cool so as to avoid making the stain worse. Then, just grab a dry washcloth and pat dry. If the stain persists, you can use some vinegar and repeat the process.

If neither the vinegar, nor the soap-water treatment work, you can use a more potent cleaner to sterilize the area. Just be sure to test a small spot on the furniture’s body before using the cleaner.

Wood Furniture Stains

  • Prevention: Wood furniture is always prone to absorbing whatever spill or leak it hosts. Make sure to have a powerful varnish covering your wood furniture—whether it’s a cocktail table or office desk. Nowadays, there are different varnishes available, so you don’t have to have a glossy finish if you don’t want to; you can select a lusterless one instead.
  • Treatment: Generally, watermarks are the most common types of wood furniture stains. You can prevent them by using coasters or other objects. When dealing with watermarks, grab some toothpaste and rub it around the mark (if you’re not cleaning a vintage piece).

Then, you can just grab a cloth to polish it off. For more persistent beverage marks, you should use ammonia to treat it using a damp fabric. Then, just refine it using rubbing wax.

If you’re treating a heat mark, you could be dealing with the discoloration of the wood. You can either use an equal parts solution of vinegar and olive oil, or a gulp of mayonnaise to rub the mark before wiping off the cleaner.

For cigarette burns, you could use nail polish remover and rub/pat some on the area of the burn. You can use a cloth or cotton swab; make sure to rub or dab the area lightly so at to avoid discoloring the wood. The mark should disappear.

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