There is nothing worse than buying an expensive sofa and having a spill ruin its beauty. There is nothing you can do to prevent accidents, besides covering your furniture in plastic. Which is an abomination on its own. Spills and messes are evil, but there are some quick fixes you can use to win the war against stains.
Whether the stain has taken residence on your dining room furniture or that couch, there are ways to remove them. But before you tackle the stain, remember the key elements:
- To avoid saturating the material, use baby wipes to wipe up spills and stains.
- If at all possible, leave the couch or chair to dry naturally.
- Before cleaning, test part of the detergent on a small, inconspicuous area first.
The solution to your stain problems
Simple cleaning solutions are all over your home and can be used as a tool to get rid of stains.
White vinegar – To remove surface stains, vinegar will be your best bet, followed by a soapy solution for a penetrating clean on the area. To reduce the smell of the vinegar, open as many windows as possible or make use of a fan.
Baby wipes – The wipes are ideal for spot cleaning upholstery as they are gentle on the fabric and won’t cause any damage.
Dishwashing liquid and warm water – This solution works well, but just be sure to get to the stain quickly before it sets in.
Two of the toughest stains to remove
Chocolate stains can be removed with milk
Everyone loves chocolate but not the stain it can leave behind. For a quick solution to get rid of a chocolate stain, run hot water onto the back of chocolate stain to melt it and push it through to the front. Rub dishwashing liquid onto the stain and let it soak in milk for 30 minutes to an hour and then wash as normal. You may repeat the process if necessary.
Berry stains can be removed with lemon juice
Wash the garment as usual and leave it out in the sun for it to dry. By doing this you are allowing the sun’s natural rays to bleach out the garment. If the stain penetrated too deep, you may rub lemon juice over the stain. Repeat the process if necessary.
Say no to stains and do away with harmful chemicals. The organic way to clean stains will always be the best way and with it come the added benefit of the solution being in your kitchen cabinet.