A beautiful and expensive upholstered furniture can easily look old and dirty without proper cleaning and without proper maintenance. It’s easy to be taken in by appearances when buying upholstered sofas but it takes effort to maintain it.
From red wine to pen ink, stains are always a threat to our upholstery — but that’s no reason to live in fear! We’ve got the best practices for removing common stains because we all know they’re inevitable.
Your sofa probably takes centre stage in your living room, so when it gets dirty, it’s pretty hard to ignore. Daily wear and tear is one thing, but if you’ve got a big, unsightly stain, you may panic and think there’s no way to get it out. But before you start shopping for a new sofa, try to get the stain out by addressing it right. We checked in with Melissa Maker, the best-selling author of Clean My Space: The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster and Loving Your Home Every Day for her tips for getting common stains out of your sofa.
You know the saying: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So, preventing a stain in the first place is better than any stain removal technique you can find. According to Melissa, the best way to protect your sofa is to have it professionally treated or Scotch Guarded.
But, no matter how careful and prepared you may be, stains happen, so it’s important to know how to treat them so you can act quickly to remove the mark. “It is always best to tend to a stain immediately,” advises Melissa. “The longer it sits, the more it becomes rooted into the fabric and set stains can be harder to clean.” A rule of thumb? Avoid using too much product and water to get that stain out. “Remember, you can’t totally rinse stained furniture, so less is more,” says Melissa. “You don’t want a nasty water ring left behind, so use as little as possible.” And don’t get carried away with rubbing at the stain. “By doing this, you grind the stain matter further into the fabric,” she says. “You always want to blot and treat the fabric delicately. Rubbing will only set the stain in further and make your job harder.”