Cleaning upholstery stains on your own is recommended only for smaller and fresh stains, and only after testing the treatment method on a small, invisible part of the upholstery fabric. Upholstery is made up of quite a broad range of fabrics and depending on the material and colouring process of the fabric, DIY cleaning might pose risks in damaging or discolouring the fabric. So, it is always safer to request professional upholstery cleaning services.
Still, there are a few simple cleaning options you can try on your own, before resorting to professional services.
How to clean upholstery stains on your own?
- Isolate the stained piece of furniture if possible
If the stained piece is a cushion – remove it before cleaning.
Scrape off the big particles on and around the stain using the edge of a spoon
The more you manage to scrape off, the better. Be very careful not to press on the stain and have it get even deeper into the fabric.
Vacuum the area around the stain
This will ensure that all those particles you removed won’t get in while further cleaning the stain.
Mix 1 part of liquid dishwashing liquid with 4 parts of warm water to prepare your cleaning agent.
Simple as it sounds, this really is a pretty efficient solution for cleaning simpler upholstery stains. Mix the mixture with a mixer until it becomes foamy. Then, take part of the foam with an old toothbrush and rub it into the stain, real gentle.
Clean and let it dry.
Remove the foam using a rubber spatula and then clean the stained surface using clean white cloth soaked into a bit of warm water (coloured cloth may get its colour transferred to the upholstery fabric, so – always use white one). Rinse the area thoroughly, making sure no cleaning agent has remained. Let it dry and – hopefully your stain has gone now!
If the above doesn’t help – seems you are dealing with a specific / stubborn stain that requires professional upholstery cleaning assistance.