Common Upholstery Stains and How to Remove Them
Furniture items including sofas, couches, loungers and chairs are always prone to stains. Also, these upholstery stains will come in so many different shapes and forms. Different materials including food consumables and everything else can find their ways onto your furniture upholstery. Some stains are more resilient and persistent than others as well.
People consume food all the time on their sofas and couches. Loungers and chairs also get used a lot when consuming food and doing all other activities. This is where different food materials including liquids, solids and even sauces may find their ways onto upholstery. So, what are the most common types of upholstery stains? A lot of people would answer many different food stains of course.
Here are some of them and our useful tips on how to get rid of sofa stains:
Tea or Coffee Upholstery Stains
One of the most common types of upholstery sofa or couch stains are of course tea or coffee ones. These hot liquids are just so easy to spill out of cups or mugs. Also, tea/coffee stains are some of the hardiest when it comes to getting rid of them as well.
Tea and coffee both have their generic color pigments that become part of the upholstery. If you have fabric upholstery, these stains can sometimes be there forever. Especially, when you have kids in the house, these tea/coffee stains are almost inevitable. Lighter upholstery colors tend to get more noticed.
How to Get Rid of Tea/Coffee Stains?
Of course, you’d know that tea/coffee stains are some of the most persistent. However, they can be removed when still fresh. Soak a clean fabric in cold water. Use a paper towel if your upholstery label says for dry cleaning. Rub the fabric or paper towel gently into the surface.
Do sort of circular motions and increase your rubbing speed and intensity gradually. In most cases, you will get these upholstery stains removed. If not, be sure to call your local upholstery cleaner soon. Pro Sofa Clean is a leading service provider in and around Sydney.
Cakes, Pastries and Food Upholstery Stains
Food stains in general tend to come far and wide on sofas, couches and chairs. Most foods will drop their particles. Pastries and crispy foods will only have their smaller particles dropping on the upholstery. Cakes and other creamy or oily foods will leave behind oils and creams as well.
Different types of foods have different ingredients. If you eat a lot of gravy types of foods with runny liquids, upholstery sofa cleaning would automatically double up. Even the smallest splashes eyes don’t see can accumulate to become big stains and problems.
How to Get Rid of Food Stains from Sofa Upholstery?
If you do not have any visible oils or cream types stains, just vacuum your sofa upholstery completely. Most of the smaller food particles should get off the surface when using good quality vacuum. For the rest, you can try spot cleaning with warm water and a clean cloth. It should work in most cases. If it doesn’t, you will need professional service. Pro Sofa Clean is always available in Sydney.
Tomato Puree, Ketchup and Sauces Upholstery Stains
Now we are getting serious. These tomato puree or sauces stains are definitely on everyone’s sofa upholstery one time or the other. As common as these are, you’d think there are some sort of perfect cleaning solutions. However, that might not always be the case.
Depending on the amount and type of sauce, some stains can live long. Although, there are upholstery stains cleaning solutions in the market, you don’t always get the desired results. It is most of the times a professional job fit for Pro Sofa Clean in and around Sydney.
How to Get Rid of These Persistent Upholstery Stains?
When still fresh, sauces and tomato puree stains can be removed. You need to gently blot the fabric with a damp cloth. Room temperature water with a clean cloth will work. Use a mild detergent where required and apply for half an hour. Once the stains are softened, lift them with the cloth.
Grease and Oils
Have you ever worked on your bike, motorcycle or car and have brought greasy oily hands back in the house? Don’t worry. We all do it at different times. Other forms of grease and oils from kitchens can also become your upholstery stains. Clothes can transfer greases and oils to your sofa upholstery as well.
Depending on the size and amount of the material, it can become extremely difficult to remove. Also, dried out greases become hard and can even damage your upholstery. These damaging upholstery stains are really bad for leather sofas and even fabric ones.
How to Get Rid of Greases and Oils?
Sooner to set to the task of removing upholstery greases and oils, better the results will be. You will need a detergent to let it sit for a while. Use warm water and a clean cloth to lift the greases and oils. If this doesn’t work, call Pro Sofa Clean. We are available anywhere in Sydney any day of the week.
Mud, Dirt and Whatnots
Next, we have famous mud, dirt, dust and all others that may land on upholstery or get transferred from clothing. All these are also natural elements that cannot be blocked or stopped. Mud can get transferred over from boots, shoes and clothing forming annoying stains on your upholstery.
How to Clean these Persistent Upholstery Stains?
For wet mud, we recommend leaving it alone for a while. Once dried, mud is easier to remove. Gently scrap it all off using a soft scrapper or even dust it off with a clean cloth. For dust, dirt and all other dried particles, use a standard vacuum. Pro Sofa Clean is always available in Sydney if you need help.
Lipstick and Makeup Stains
Last but not least are the ever so notorious makeup stains including lipstick. These are more kid special stains that get drawn on your upholstery when they are in the mood. Lipstick stains, mascara marks, nail polishes and all other makeup stains are also some of the hardiest to remove.
How to Remove Makeup Upholstery Stains?
Again, with lipsticks, eye lashes, nail polishes and all other cosmetic stains, we recommend blotting the stains gently. You can use blotting paper for this as well. Do not wipe these, they will smudge and worsen. Household ammonia usually works great on lipsticks. Also add mild detergent if needed. If this doesn’t work, call Pro Sofa cleaning now. We will make your upholstery stains go away quickly.