How To Tackle Any Stain On The Couch

March 2, 2018

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No matter how careful you are with your furniture, inevitably there comes time when food, dirt, a leaky ceiling or pets cause a stain on the upholstery.   Unless you have the whole thing slipcovered in something you can pull off and throw into the washing machine, it can be tricky to remove stains thoroughly without getting water spots on the sofa.  As soon as the food, dirt, or whatever happens, scrape off any visible debris with a butter knife or other flat, hard object, being careful not to press it further into the upholstery.  Then the key becomes knowing what fabric you are working with. If your couch is untreated leather, sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on the stain and let it stand for 15 minutes. Vacuum it up, using the fabric brush attachment. If there is still a residual stain, you'll have to call a professional leather cleaner. For coated or finished leather, once you've removed as much as you can by blotting, wipe the leather with a damp microfiber cloth. It should wipe right up. If there is some residual stain, use a leather cleaner or conditioner.  If the fabric is cotton or linen, mix a solution of one tablespoon white vinegar and 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol. Sponge the solution onto the stain, then blot dry with a clean white cloth until the liquid is absorbed. Once it's gone, use a clean cloth to dab it with cold water, and blot until it's dry.  If the fabric is microfiber, it really depends on the care code on the tag. (W, S, S/W & X) S means you should use a solvent-based cleaning solution, NOT a water-based one. In this case, dab the stain with rubbing alcohol or vodka. W means you should use a water-based cleaning solution, like the vinegar/water mixture used on cotton or linen.  S/W means you can use whatever but an X means to vacuum only.  Blot as much as you can then use an old toothbrush to break up and brush off any dried stain; use a vacuum to get up the rest.

SOURCE: The Kitchn

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