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How to Clean Your Upholstery

Let’s face it, we’ve all sat in the lounge with a snack or TV dinner and had a spillage. Whether it be your team scoring a last minute equaliser or another plot twist in your favourite soap, accidents do happen.

As with many spills and stains, it helps if you can tackle the problem quickly and to prevent spreading the spill. Try to carefully scrape any excess carefully with a kitchen knife. Dab the upholstery with a mild solution of Soda Crystals, or use Liquid Soda Crystals to get rid of stains – or simply to freshen up the fabric.

Bear in mind when wet-cleaning fitted upholstery fabrics; do not over-wet the fabric because this causes some foam fillings to break down. Dry-cleaning solvents can have the same effect if over-used.

Cleaning upholstery with white vinegar

If you have a pet that has had an ‘accident’ then white vinegar can help clean the stain and remove odour. If the odour persists, once the fabric has dried, sprinkle bicarbonate of soda and leave for at least 2 hours before vacuuming the area.

Avoid scrubbing wool or other upholstery fabrics as this could damage them. A solution of Liquid Soap Flakes is best used on leather or woollen sofas.

Always test fabrics for colour fastness on an inconspicuous area beforehand.

Use a hand-held drier to speed the drying of the fabric – but do not scorch it by holding the drier too close.

If there’s been a large-volume spill however, do consult a professional. Underneath that surface discolouration, the stain penetrating the padding may be three to four times as large.

Regularly clean upholstery surfaces and corners with the vacuum cleaner upholstery brush. For delicate fabrics, like silk and linen, set the suction to low.

One thought on “How to Clean Your Upholstery

  1. And how about professional cleaners? Can anybody share their experience in this regard?
    I do not consider my flat particularly dusty (I live in a relatively “green” area) but my sofa and the two adjacent armchairs look dust-smitten and discolored. I agree with every point you make about accidents – stains, spillages, etc. – but it is the long-time negative effects that worry me more.

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