There are some things that we clean regularly. Our kitchen counters, our cars, or even our carpet! However, many people have little knowledge about how to clean furniture upholstery. Prolonging your furniture’s life after a spill can be easy and effective if you know how to approach cleaning the stain. Certain fabrics react differently to cleaning products, so it’s best to know what to use before rushing to the cleaning product cabinet. It’s also important to take fabric-type into consideration when purchasing furniture. The type of upholstery should match your lifestyle and level of activity.
Here are our tips for how to clean furniture upholstery fabric when accidents happen:
1. Identify the Stain
What do we have here? Steam cleaning alone is sometimes able to eliminate dirt, food, pet accidents, coffee, wine, and other common stains. However, determining exactly how to clean furniture fabric means first identifying the stain.
If you’ve got an oil-based stain or difficult-to-remove stain on your hands, chemical cleaners might be of best use. Your furniture will tell you what’s best for keeping it spot-free, so seek out its tags to see what you can actually use without damaging the fabric.
2. Read and Understand the Tags
Furniture tags come with specific codes, which determine the appropriate plan-of-action for cleaning a stain. If your furniture still has its tags, take a closer look to see what they recommend for cleaning. The key below dictates the proper cleaning products:
If your tags are nowhere to be found, you can reach out to Woodstock Furniture & Mattress Outlet for help with your inquiry. We’ll be able to help you identify the correct way to treat your fabric. If not, we suggest reaching out to a professional cleaner as an alternative.
3. Take Action & Clean Up The Mess!
Lastly, once you’ve determined the best way to clean your stain, get moving! You can make water-based cleaners with household products that are already in your arsenal: dishwashing liquid, white vinegar, baking soda can be combined to combat damage.
Here is one recipe for this handy DIY cleaner:
DIY Upholstery Fabric & Carpet Stain Remover
- 1 tbsp plain Dawn dish soap
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- 2 cups hot water
- baking soda
- Sprinkle baking soda on the stain.
- Wait 10 minutes.
- While you wait, mix the dish soap, vinegar and hot water together.
- Vacuum up the baking soda.
- With a clean cloth, dab the mixture on the stain.
- Blot the stain until it’s completely gone.
A word of caution: when using any cleaner for upholstery fabrics, whether homemade or store-bought, we recommend testing an inconspicuous spot first. Some cleaning products may react with certain fabric materials and cause lightening. Always test a small spot first.
Vacuuming is another useful start to cleaning a fresh, liquid stain. A lot of newer furniture fabrics are made from sturdy micro-fiber fabrics, which mean they’re more stain-resistant, but a wet/dry vacuum will help remove moisture quick before it sets in. In addition, vacuuming your furniture will not only expedite the cleaning process, it’s a great way to keep your fabrics clean throughout their lifetime! For truly tough stains, you may need to use heavy-duty cleaners or steam cleaners, which are accessible at many grocery stores and other retailers for rental and purchase.
Let Us Help You Find The Right Fabric Sofa!
Is your fabric furniture past its prime and in need of a replacement? You’re in luck! Woodstock Furniture & Mattress Outlet offers a wide variety of high quality, durable fabric sofas, loveseats, accent chairs, and sectionals. Visit any of our North Georgia stores in Acworth, Hiram and Rome today! With delivery options anywhere within 150 miles of the Atlanta area, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your home!
Did you catch our other blog post this week? If not, follow the link for some quick tips on finding your ideal home entertainment center!