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Stain removal tips

Stain removal tips

Dropped food bits and spilled drinks leave stains on the furniture. Dirty feet and dirty clothing make them dirty and ugly. Removing these stains and upholstery cleaning is not complex at all. The first and foremost task of upholstery cleaning is getting to know about the fabric. This information can be requested from the manufacturer. It is always good to start the cleaning from just a small inconspicuous spot. 

After ensuring that no damage or discolouration occurred, you may carry on with the upholstery cleaning. Some of the stains that are commonly found on upholstery and ways of getting those stains out are given here to help you. 

Butter stains

Follow the following sequence of tasks to remove butter stains:

1. Buy a dry cleaning solvent from grocery or retail stores. Apply a little of this on to a clean white cloth and just blot at the stain. Do not rub at all.

2. Take tablespoon of mild detergent (pH balanced) and mix it with one cup of warm water. Then blot at the stain. 

3. Using another soft towel sponge of the solvent and the detergent and let the spot dry.

Oily cheese stains

For removing cheese stains do the following:

1. Take one teaspoon of mild detergent (pH balanced) and mix it with one cup of warm water. Blot this on the cheese stain with a clean and white towel. 

2. Take one tablespoon of regular ammonia and mix that with one cup of water. Blot the stain again.  

3. Blot the stain again with clean water to remove the detergent and ammonia. Allow the spot to dry. 

Ink stains

Any one of the following methods can be applied to remove ink stains which are usually stubborn.

1. Take hairspray and spray it onto a white towel. Dab on to the stain. Blot with a dry towel.

2. Put some isopropyl rubbing alcohol onto a clean white towel. Blot the stain with a dry towel. 

3. Take a clean white towel. Put some nail polish remover (or acetone) on it. Blot the stain.

4. Spirits of turpentine also removes ink stains. Use it in the same manner as given above. 

5. You can use products like Carbona and Afta which are available in the market to remove ink stains. 

Coffee stains

With one cup of warm water mix one teaspoon of a mild detergent (pH balanced). Blot at the stain. Then blot again with a mixture of water and vinegar. Soak the excess fluid that may be present up with a white towel. Let the area dry. 

Velvet care and cleaning

A professional cleaning is the ideal one for velvet furniture. Alternatively you can do it by yourself. For that mix 1/2 teaspoon of dish washing detergent with water, shake well and apply the mixture in small amount on the spot with intermittent blots. Dry cleaning solvent can also be used for this purpose. After this leave the furniture untouched for one day. Finally treat the upholstery with a fabric protector like Scotch Guard. 

Removing red wine stains

Wine is good so long as it stays on your palate. The moment it spills, it becomes a problem. Not any more - white wine or club soda can be sponged on the wine spill to remove the stains. Shaving cream also helps removing red wine stains.

Removing vomit stains and odours

First scrape the vomit with a cloth that is absorbent. To remove the surface odours baking soda can be used.