When it comes to the upkeep of your upholstery, there are a few steps that you’ll have to take to do a truly spectacular job. Thankfully, we have all the tips and tricks you’ll need to not only defend the honour of your upholstery, but also uphold it in the face of ruthless stains!
However, in order to find the right type of stain removal, we must determine the type of stain we’re dealing with.
Usually, food stains on the upholstery can be taken care of by using water, some liquid soap, and a cleaning cloth. However, if the stain is old and you can’t remember what caused it, don’t use warm water because in cases like spilled cream, it’ll only result in the stain getting harder to take out. Because when protein-based products are introduced to heat, they get soured up and set more firmly into the surface. So always go for cold water when you can’t pinpoint the origin of the stain.
As for protein stains, use a detergent with enzymes that can break up the stain particles. Leave it on for about 30 minutes and then scrub it out with a brush or sponge. Start at the corners and then gradually make your way to the centre of the stain. Then clean the stain with a clean soaked towel and leave it to dry.
Tougher stains take tougher efforts to get rid of. If you’ve accidently spilled oil or grease on your upholstery, then the first thing to do is throw in some cornstarch or baking soda on the ‘infected’ area.
This will soak in most of the stain from your upholstery, ensuring minimum damage. Let it sit for about 15 minutes so most of the stain is absorbed into the chemical. Next, you’d want to scrub the stain out with some rubbing alcohol and cleaning wipes.
Continue patting the area for several minutes and then allow it to dry.
You don’t always have the time to scrub out stains from your upholstery, and even when you do, some stains just aren’t your cup of tea. This calls for a professional cleaning job that will not only rid you of stubborn stains, but will also save your precious time and energy.