Quick and Effective Ways to Clean Upholstery Naturally

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Whether at home or at work, we spend a lot of time on our couches, sofas or other upholstered furniture. Therefore, all kind of spots appear on them every now and then, especially with children around. When we accidentally spill wine or other liquids on the surface, it’s a common habit to rub the dirty spot with a wet cloth, hoping the stain will disappear. However, this is not an efficient way to clean any upholstery and it can only allow the stain to penetrate deeper into the fabric. Regardless of the stain origin, all of them can be eliminated naturally.

Before you start, here are a couple of things to remember:

  • never apply on the spot the first detergent you find in your home, because you may harm the cloth of the furniture.
  • don’t scrub the dirty place with a brush, you will only make the affected area bigger.
  • never use any bleaching solutions, you never know how they can affect the material of the upholstery.

So what’s the secret?

If you need to remove a fresh spot from your upholstery, the first thing you need to do is to take a couple of dry towels or napkins and put them exactly on the spot. While pressing them to the upholstery they will start absorbing the liquid substance from the spot. If needed, change the towels and press until you are sure that the liquid is fully absorbed. This is only half of the job, a bit more effort will be needed in order to eliminate the spot completely. However, different stains require different remedies.

See what remedies to use for the most common accidents from coffee, beer, juice, and red wine:

1. Coffee stains

Many people enjoy their morning coffee sitting comfortable on the coach while watching morning news. Fortunately, coffee stains are very easy to clean, all you need is soap. First, rub the dirty area with soap, then wipe it with a damp rag. Let it dry and you are done.

2. Beer stains

Beer stains are also very common on the upholstery as we tend to enjoy this ancient drink in an relaxed mode. They are easy to clean as well, just prepare a mixture of 1 cup of water with 2 teaspoons of white vinegar. Apply some mixture on the spot and let it set for a couple of minutes. Then soak a clean towel in clean water, wipe the spot and let it dry.

3. Fruit juice stains

Juice stains are not as easy to clean, and the longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove it. In order to get rid of them, mix one cup of vinegar with 1 tablespoon of ammonia. Apply the mixture on the spot and let it set for a couple of minutes. Wipe the area with a wet clean towel and allow to dry. This recipe is provided by carpet cleaning group.

4. Red wine stains

If you are a red wine lover, wine stains will happen, no matter how careful you are. If such accident happens, powder the stain lavishly with salt. Wait until the salt absorbs the liquid, then remove it. Then apply a new layer of salt and wait until it absorbs the liquid again. When the fabric dries completely, clean the spot with vacuum cleaner, and you are done. This technique can also be applied on clothing, without the need for vacuuming.

5. Chewing gum

Whether you have children or not, chewing gum might sometimes appear on your upholstery. The easiest way to remove it is by placing ice cubes on it. This will make the chewing gum harden and you can remove it from your upholstery with a dull tool, or even with your nails. Then clean the place with methyl alcohol, and you are done.

No matter how cautious we are in our daily life, accidental stains on upholstery happen. Next time you spill something on a couch or a chair, use one of the methods above and you will get rid of the stain fast and effective.

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Author:olivia Sykes

Olivia is a freelance writer from London, UK. She's passionate about DIY projects and enjoys writing about natural cleaning methods and remedies.

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