Being the center of
family gatherings in most living rooms, fabric sofas should be properly taken
cared of as they can easily be damaged from the constant use.
Imagine how much a fabric
sofa endures during the festive seasons and school holiday periods when loved
ones gather and sit on the sofa throughout the day.
It is therefore
inevitable that sometimes your fabric sofa will have stains from food and
drinks, sweat, make-up, and even from ink pens and markers.
While it is obvious that
fabric sofas need to be regularly cleaned, it is often ignored and sometimes
dismissed as an inconvenient chore.
Having children and pets
is also a reason why sofas need special attention and care especially when it
comes to cleaning procedures.
Fabric sofas provide
comfort to you and to your loved ones but they can also harbour hard-to-spot mildew,
mould growth, allergens and viruses that cause serious diseases for young
children and the elderly.
With a mountain of
reasons why stains can happen and how they can affect your fabric sofas, what
does a homeowner need to know about how to properly clean a stained fabric
The very first thing to
remember before cleaning a stained sofa is to read the cleaning tags or the
manufacturer’s booklets that come with the purchase and warranty information
for fabric sofas.
These contain vital
information on the kind of materials that make up your fabric sofa and more
importantly, what kind of cleaning agents are safe to use with those materials
W – Water; this means
that water and water-based cleaning agents can be used to clean the fabric sofa
S - Solvent-based
Cleansers; Water should never be used to clean the sofa and only solvent-base
cleansers such as alcohol-based liquids are allowed.
WS – Both of the above
can be used on the material.
X – No cleaning agents
can be used on the fabric sofa and generally only vacuum cleaning is okay.
However, when in doubt,
it is always safe to do a spot test.
Using your choice of
cleaning product, dab gently using a soft and clean cloth with a small amount
of the cleaning agent to an inconspicuous spot to see if any colour fading will
result. In addition, when a stain happens, attend to it as soon as it happens
as some fabric sofas’ fibres absorb liquids in such a way that once a stain
dries up, it is nearly impossible to remove it.
Below is a list of the most
common kinds of stains that can befall your fabric sofa and how to deal with
them. Think of it as a first aid kit and inside are tips and tricks on how to
deal with a stained fabric sofa.
Who does not love to
drink a hot cup of tea or coffee while lounging in a soft fabric sofa? Almost
everyone who has had tea and coffee spilled on their clothes know that the
stain can easily spread and soak the linings inside the cloth.
But unlike a shirt, one
cannot easily bring a fabric sofa to a dry cleaner. Baking soda can be used to clean
stains from tea and coffee spills.
Sprinkle some of the
powder on the stained area and wait for a few minutes. Rinse out the baking
powder with a damp clean cloth and use a soft bristle brush with a small amount
of liquid detergent to gently scrub away the stain.
Rinse out the stain again
and make sure to not touch the area with your bare hands. Baking soda and soap
creates a fizzy reaction so use gloves if you use this process.
Other Bodily Fluids
Napping on a fabric sofa
is inevitable for many people but sweat contains salt and body toxins that
could form yellow to blackish mould spots on a fabric sofa.
Having dogs and cats who
are not house-trained can cause unpleasant and visible stains plus unpleasant
odours to permeate into a fabric sofa.
Spot clean the sofa with
an enzymatic stain remover after blotting the wet areas with paper towels.
It may be tempting to use
bleach to clean sweat and other fluids from a fabric sofa but refrain from
doing so as that can fade the colour and affect the pattern of the material.
Mud and Grass
Families with kids who
love to play outdoors can wreak serious havoc to a beautiful fabric sofa.
Mud and grass stains can
stick to clothes and easily transfer to a fabric sofa before anyone can notice.
When it comes to mud and
grass stains, patience is the key. Wait for mud stains to dry out and with the
use of a plastic spoon or knife, scrap off the dry bits of mud carefully
without creating tears.
With a solution of equal
parts vinegar and distilled water inside a spray bottle, be careful when you
saturate the stain.
The vinegar will help in
dissolving the mud and grass stains so there is no need to vigorously scrub the
stain away. Remember to perform a spot test before using vinegar on a fabric
Everyone enjoys eating
their favourite comfort while relaxing on a sofa at the end of the day. Most
comfort food items are greasy and oil spills from pizzas, sauces, dips, and
chips can stain a fabric sofa that sometimes it makes you think it would be
nearly impossible to remove them.
First, grab a soft
toothbrush or bristle brush and a small amount of gentle dishwashing soap or
Then with small circular
strokes, try to scrub the area for a few minutes until you see that the oil has
been broken down.
Do not rush or the
dishwashing liquid can seep into the material of the fabric sofa and may cause
a water mark.
Clean off the affected
area with a dampened cleaning cloth. This tip also works for stains from
make-up products as most cosmetic items contain oils.
Inks and Markers
Carelessness cannot be
avoided and sometimes, ballpoint pens and permanent markers can be left
uncovered and they create highly visible stains on a fabric sofa.
If the stains are not
that massive in size, rubbing alcohol is known to remove ink stains. Using a
sponge or white cloth and 70% isopropyl alcohol, blot the area until you see that
the stain transfers.
Hair spray is also known
to be able to remove some forms of ink stains but use paper towels if you use hair
Stains from permanent markers
can be a real nightmare for homeowners as the word permanent evokes thoughts
that the stain will be there forever.
It is best to act as fast
as you can when a permanent marker stains your fabric sofa. Get the affected
area damp first and spray a non-oil-based hair spray on the stained spot.
Blot with a paper towel
until you see the colour transfer from the material to the paper towel. If your
fabric sofa has a cover, remove the sofa cover and do this process on a flat
surface so that the inner layers and linings of your sofa will not be stained
There are people who
claim that a bowl of milk will work wonders on removing marker stains. By
soaking the stained area in a bowl of milk, some permanent marker stains will
transfer their colours or dyes to the milk and the fabric will be cleaned in
This is experimental so
you need to be careful as milk can still cause yellow spots and wet marks even
after the fabric has been rinsed off.
For larger stains and
with deeper and darker colours, it is best to seek the help of professional
sofa cleaners as they are still the ones who know what cleaning solutions are
best to be used for your fabric sofa.
This is probably the most
dreaded kind of stain that can destroy the beauty of a fabric sofa. Hydrogen
peroxide is effective in removing blood stains, but some types of dyes can be
faded out by hydrogen peroxide so it best to try using this trick in a small
and hidden area of your fabric sofa first before saturating the entire stain.
Refrain from using strong
laundry bleach to remove blood stains even if you think that it can completely
remove the spot because of the same reason; strong chemicals can destroy the
colours and patterns of fabric sofas.
In addition, delicate
materials can disintegrate over time if bleach and hydrogen peroxide are used
After you have tried the
tips and tricks mentioned above, you may now feel happy that you were able to
clean your stained fabric sofa.
The visible stains may
have been diminished but how about the invisible dust, grime, mildew and mold
that could be settling inside your fabric sofa?
Allergens and pollutants
that have been trapped in the upholstery could not be removed by regular
vacuuming and spot cleaning alone.
Professional cleaners who are experts in deep-cleaning fabric sofas are still the best source of help when it comes to ensuring that your home is a safe, healthy and hygienic environment for you and your loved ones.
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