Oh No! I Ruined the Couch.
It’s happened to us all.. we’ve got a big old bowl of saucy spaghetti and just as you sit down you drop a giant, saucy meatball on your brand new couch. It’s the worst feeling in the world knowing that you may have just ruined that $2000 sofa you saved months to buy. You certainly can’t fit a couch into the washing machine, so now what? How do you save the sofa, without ruining it at the same time? I’ll tell you some news that will make your day a whole lot better if you’re struggling with this same exact issue as I was. There is hope for the sofa! If you need advice on how to properly clean upholstered furniture, you have come to the right place! I will provide you with a step by step guide on how to properly clean and care for upholstery.
Upholstery Cleaning Tip Step 1:
The first step to properly cleaning an upholstered piece of furniture is to pick up all loose remnants of the spill as quickly and thoroughly as possible. If it is something like spaghetti or rice that is difficult to pick up with your hands, try to get a hand vacuum to sweep up the loose remnants that way you are not squishing the food any deeper into the upholstery causing an even deeper stain. If it is something relatively easy to remove you can also use a hand broom and sweep up the loose pieces; however, I always recommend using a vacuum if possible to ensure the least amount of mess is caused while removing the small, loose pieces of the spill.
Upholstery Cleaning Tip Step 2:
Apply a soapy water mixture to the stain immediately after the spill. I say immediately because the sooner you can treat a stain the better results you will get. You want to be sure you are using very hot water and mix it with Dawn dish soap or some other type of grease lifting detergent in order to create a really cleansing wash mixture. You then want to get a micro-fiber cleaning cloth and dip it into the hot water mixture. The micro-fiber cloth is great for lifting stains and not spreading them around as quickly. You definitely want to avoid using a paper towel for this part of the cleaning process as paper towels break easily and also will leave small pieces of towel stuck in your furniture making it even more difficult to completely remove the stain underneath. You will then want to gently yet vigorously scrub the stain with the hot water mixture until you no longer see the visible stain and are left with just a small water spot.
Upholstery Cleaning Tip Step 3:
After you cleaned the stain with soapy water the next step is to let it air dry for a couple of minutes. After the spot is no longer visibly wet you will most likely still see the outline of the stain, if you do not see anything then leave the spot alone as you do not need to proceed any further with the cleaning process. If you do still see the stain at all, then you will need to continue to the next step of the cleaning process which is to apply a vinegar mix to the stained area. Add about 1/4 cup of vinegar to 1 cup of water and place into a spray bottle for easy use. You will then want to hold the spray tip about an inch from the stain and lightly spray the area. After you see the area become dampened from the vinegar you will then take a micro-fiber cloth over the area again until you slowly see the stain start to fade and eventually disappear.
Upholstery Cleaning Tip Step 4:
The final step to this guide to cleaning upholstery is to gently dab the vinegar spot with a clean dry, cloth towel. It is important that you immediately blot the stain after spraying the vinegar mixture because you don’t want the stain to settle into the upholstery but rather the cloth towel. You also want to make sure you are using a completely clean, dry towel that has not been used to wipe up anything prior to cleaning the furniture. If you use a dirty towel, you are more likely to leave residue on your upholstery and undue all the hard work you already did in order to clean the stain.
Some final things to always remember when cleaning a stain off of upholstery is to never use bleach on an upholstered surface, always test new cleaning products before you use them on your furniture to make sure they will not ruin the upholstery, and always take action fast after a spill or mess is made as the quicker you clean it up the more likely you will be successful in completely removing the stain. So don’t fret if you get a little drop of sauce or frosting on the couch, I promise you did not ruin the sofa!
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