Love your sofa? If yes, then you are likely to get rather grumpy at the sight of stains, dirt and grime to the upholstery. A sofa stain remover is a helpful product to have to hand for those little accidents. Or, you can go down the professional route to refresh the look of your sofa. The latter is a more expensive option and may not be the most convenient either. Dealing with stains as soon as they happen generally has the best outcome. White and light coloured upholstery will always pose a challenge when it comes to avoiding stains and grimy discolouration. Before cleaning check the advice given on the label for your sofa. Some will only withstand professional cleaning or the use of dry stain removal products only. The easiest to manage is darker coloured upholstery which can be spot cleaned with a foam or liquid agent as often as is required – good advice though, avoid saturating the fabric. One or two sprays is usually sufficient to work at dislodging the stain. As tempting as it maybe, you should avoid the use of general household products as a sofa stain remover. These products are likely to have a high alkaline content which could bleach upholstery. Use a product specifically designed for the job.
How to apply an upholstery and sofa stain remover
- For fresh spillages, soak up as much of the excess with a paper towel or white towel
- Pre-test upholstery and sofa stain remover on a small inconspicuous area
- Apply and blot away the stain. Avoid rubbing the area as this will result in the stain setting deeper into the fibres of the upholstery making it more difficult to remove
- For dry stains it is best to vacuum first to remove dirt and dust. This step avoids further soiling over a wider area when applying the stain remover. Vacuuming also sucks up dried-in particles which can diminish the stain.
Tips to avoiding stains to your sofa
- Eat meals at the dining-room or kitchen table and not from your lap on your sofa – accidental splatters of gravy or a cheese source could so easily land on your sofa
- Restrict the use of nail polish and make-up application to the bathroom
- Keep pets off your sofa or protect with a throw before you allow them to turn it into their comfy domain
- Invest in arm covers to protect from grubby hands or from wine, beer, coffee or tea spillages – for those who use the arm of a chair as a convenient coffee table.
- Throws that match your decor and sofa upholstery colours can make quite a statement as well as the practical use of protecting against accidental spillages or general grime of daily use accumulating on the surface of the sofa
- Avoid sitting on a light coloured sofa with new indigo blue denim – you will be amazed at how much of the dye can rub off!
- Vacuum your sofa regularly to remove dust, crumbs and pet hairs. Done often enough will keep the upholstery clean and, if you need to apply sofa stain remover it won’t add to the unsightliness of the stain.
Lorraine’s Review: Mrs Gleams Carpet & Upholstery Stain Remover
“Having beige carpets has been the bane of my life since we first moved into out little flat, as you’d expect it is horrendous for marks, stains, and well just about anything showing up on it. It’s incredibly high maintenance something I hate. It’s all about quick easy cleaning for me anything more than that makes me wants to throw my rattle out the pram. There I would be down on my hands and knees with a stain removing spray/powder, sponge and a bowl of hot water in tow scrubbing the carpet to rid it of any tough stains till my hands could take no more and in the end resulting in them looking like wrinkly prunes…Ribena for example the dreaded purple drink that my belovid partner often likes to spill. There must be something easier, quicker, and more effective than this I would always say to myself. ‘This is ridiculous’ I’d say while also adding a few stronger words.” Read The Full Review Here
Lifestyle Blogger, Lisa also reviews Mrs Gleam’s carpet and upholstery stain remover. You can read the full review here