Stain Removal For Dummies

The furniture that you chose is an investment in your home and an expression of your style. This is why it can be so frustrating when something happens to damage your furniture. Unfortunately, wear and tear is a natural part of life, and is to be expected at some point or another. The best thing that you can do is simply take steps to prevent damage from occurring, such as using furniture covers, cleaning regularly, and applying protective moisturizer to leather upholstery. 


When damage does occur to your furniture, the wisest course of action is to respond as quickly as possible. Tears in your upholstery will become larger with time if not patched, for example, and sofa wiring that has worn out can present a danger if not repaired in a timely manner. By far the most common type of damage that most furniture incurs, however, is staining. Here are a few quick tips that can help you prevent, minimize, and remove stains on your furniture.  


  • Act Quickly. Stains are perhaps the most time-sensitive furniture problems out there: the quicker you remove the foreign substance, the less time it will have to set. 
  • Remove Foreign Substances. Remove any solid object with a spoon to avoid smearing. Then, blot (don’t scrub) any liquids with a damp to soak up as much as possible. 
  • Deep Clean. At this point, a soap or cleaner may also be used, though it’s best to test any products on an inconspicuous area of the sofa first to ensure that the product doesn’t leave a stain of its own.  
  • Stain Removal Products. Once the spill and the original cleaning have dried, you may notice that a faint stain is still left over. If this is the case, then a stain-removal product may be able to help -- but, once again, it’s wise to test such products first.  


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