How to Spot Clean Upholstery

how to spot clean upholsteryYou bring home a new couch and you’re determined to keep it clean. Before you know it, that determination has faded and your couch has a few marks on it. Maybe you were a little careless while eating popcorn in front of a movie one night, or perhaps you sat on the furniture while you were still dirty from working in the garden. However the stain got there, what matters is that you address it. When you keep the upholstery clean, it will look better and last longer. Here are a few tips you can use to keep all of your furniture in top condition.

Start with Vacuuming

Assuming the spot is dry before you see it, the first step is a good vacuuming. Your machine probably came with a soft bristle attachment that you can put on the hose. Use this to clean the main surface. If you have a crevice tool, you can use that to get between the cushions and into any seams.

Blot, Don’t Rub

If you’re aware of a spill, start by blotting up the liquid. It’s vital that you blot at the stain rather than rubbing it. The friction from rubbing will force stains deeper into the fabric. When you blot it, you apply steady pressure in one area. This forces the liquid from your upholstery into the clean towel that you can toss in the wash. Continue pressing and blotting until you’re no longer pulling up liquid.

Whip It Up Yourself

Whipped cleaners are appropriate for most fabrics. All you need to make your own is a little dish detergent and some water. Dawn is one of the best detergents for cleaning, but you can use whatever is under your sink at the time. Mix a few drops of detergent with just a tablespoon of water. Use a hand mixer to form a frothy cleaner. Wipe this gently onto the stain and then blot it out. Most stains will lift away with this treatment. Be sure to test the solution in an inconspicuous area first.

Baby Wipes

Modern upholstery comes in all types of fabrics, and some can be cleaned with baby wipes. If your furniture has a low nap, then try treating small stains with these handy pre-moistened wipes. They’re able to remove a range of marks to leave the furniture looking great. As with the whipped cleaners, always test in an inconspicuous spot first.

Baking Soda for Grease

If the stain is greasy in nature, try a little baking soda. This absorbent material will pull up the grease, but you have to let it sit for a few hours. Sprinkle a little on the dry stain before you go to work. Vacuum it up when you get home, and then treat any residual mark with the whipped solution or wipes.

You don’t have to go through the hassle of stain removal at all. Another option is to simply call in the professionals at 1st Class Cleaning. We have special cleaners for upholstery, and we’re happy to clean the little marks and stains for you. With our help, you can enjoy a clean couch again without having to sacrifice your valuable time. Contact us today to set up an appointment!

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