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How To Lift Stains From Your Upholstery
27Jun 2014
How To Lift Stains From Your UpholsteryLike everything else that sees a lot of use in your home, your upholstery can become tired, worn-looking and stained over time. Removing stains from your upholstery might seem like a difficult task, but with these helpful hints and tips you can soon get rid of stains and get your upholstery looking as good as new!1)    Gather your materials.There are going to be a few things that you’ll need to get rid of stains on your upholstery. It depends greatly on the fabric that your sofas or chairs are upholstered in, so check the material used before buying any products. You’re going to need a stain removal product (whether homemade or shop-bought), a soft brush, clean cloths, a small bucket or large bowl and access to clean water. You might also like to buy a spray bottle if you’re considering creating your own stain removal product! 2)    Creating a stain removal product.Making products that can remove stains from upholstery can be a very cheap and effective method. You’ll also be able to avoid using chemical products that could harm your upholstery if you make your own! One of the best cleansers that’s suitable for almost all types of upholstery can be made very easily – simply mix together water and washing up liquid (half of each) together in spray bottle and you’ll have a cleanser that’s going to be very effective! 3)    Advice for using chemical stain removers.If you’ve purchased a chemical stain remover then there are some things you should be aware of. Make sure that the product you’ve bought is suitable for the fabric you’re going to be using it on, and always test it out on an unnoticeable area (such as the back or underneath of your piece of furniture) so that you can be sure it’s not going to stain the fabric. Always follow the instructions on the bottle, as some stain removal products work in different ways. 4)    Lifting stains.Take your stain removal product and apply it to the stain. If you’re using a spray bottle then always spray from a distance of at least 20cm. Gently buff the liquid into the stain using a soft brush. You should already see the stain beginning to lift! Take a clean cloth and lukewarm water to blot and dab at the stain. Never use scrubbing motions as this can worsen stains and make them harder to remove. You should also make sure to not use too much water, and avoid boiling water as this can be harmful to some fabrics. You might need to apply more product or use more water for particularly tough stains but be patient – rushing the process can often make things much worse! 5)    Hiring professional help.There are almost no stains that can’t be removed with a little elbow grease and the right product, but you might want to seek out professional help if you’re dealing with particularly stubborn stains, or if you have qualms about the fabric from which you’re removing the stain. Professional cleaning companies are a great solution when it comes to upholstery cleaning, so have a look online to see what local solutions you can find! Always read customer reviews and comments so that you can find a reputable company, and never trust any company that have little or no experience!

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