How to remove sofa stains: household products will come in handy

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Cleaning upholstery is a painstaking task

Let's face it: you also eat and drink something while sitting on the couch from time to time. Keeping such a big thing at home just for beauty and not using it is a bit irrational. And if you eat, draw, apply makeup, etc. on the couch, sooner or later something will fall or spill on it and leave a visible mark. Therefore, it is worth knowing in advance how to clean the sofa from stains.

OBOZREVATEL tells you how to do it safely and effectively and what home remedies will be needed for this.

First of all, remind yourself what material your sofa upholstery is made of. Some of them can be cleaned with water-based soap solutions, while some are only suitable for dry cleaning with special products. In any case, experts do not advise experimenting with bleaches and other aggressive substances.

How to clean a sofa with soapy water

It is better to remove stains while they are still fresh. In this case, it will be easiest to wash off the dirt. Gently vacuum the sofa on low power to remove all solid dirt. Next, dissolve a small amount of dishwashing detergent, preferably colorless, or liquid laundry soap in warm water. You can also use solid soap. Thus, you will need to grate a small piece of it and dissolve it completely in water.

To enhance the effect of the product, you can add a little white vinegar to it. Some professionals also advise cleaning the sofa with distilled water: it will definitely not leave salt stains on the upholstery after it dries.

Apply the soap solution with a well-wrung sponge or microfiber cloth. The upholstery should not get wet. Avoid friction or strong pressure in order not to push the stain deeper. Continue to treat the stain until it begins to fade. If necessary, remove excess moisture with a dry cloth. Once the stain is gone, wipe the cleaned area several times with a cloth dampened with water to rinse off any soap residue. Finish cleaning by drying the surface with a dry cloth.

How to clean fresh wet stains

While the stain is still fresh, you can quickly absorb the liquid with salt or baking soda. Salt is good at removing traces of wine, while baking soda is effective at absorbing moisture. Sprinkle the dry cleaner on the stained area and leave it on for about an hour. Then vacuum up the residue.

How to remove grease from upholstery

Traces of grease on the upholstery will have to be removed in several stages. And it's better to hurry while the stain is still fresh. Sprinkle a little baking soda on the contaminated area and leave it for a few hours to absorb the contaminant from the surface. Then vacuum up the baking soda and treat the stain with soapy water. When the sofa dries after wet cleaning, wipe the area where the stain was with medical or ammonia alcohol. It will gently dissolve the remaining grease.

How to remove stubborn stains from a sofa

To get rid of stubborn stains such as ink, you can gently remove the stain with rubbing alcohol. It should be able to cope with stains that soap and water won't remove. Dip a cotton swab in the alcohol and dab the stain until the cotton head looks dirty. Then replace the cotton swab with a fresh one. Repeat until the stain disappears.

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