How to Remove Stains from your Sofa – A quick and easy guide
Staining a sofa can happen to even the most careful person, so learning to remove stains in a quick and easy way is incredibly valuable. If you’re like us, then you’re no stranger to sitting down to relax on a Friday night with a nice big glass of wine and your favourite takeaway – the perfect solution to an exhausting week. That is until you reach for the remote and a big dollop of that curry sauce drops onto your couch, or that greasy pizza flops onto your favourite pillow or the most feared of all, you spill that large glass of red wine all over your couch.
That’s when the heartbreaking feeling sinks in, and you aren’t sure how to get such a stubborn stain out of your beloved sofa. But have no fear, all our sofas come with a comprehensive warranty for the first five years. Just blot the stain and let us know so we can arrange a prompt professional repair. If you’re not lucky enough to have one of our sofas yet see below for our handy tips on how to remove stains.
And so we start with the most feared of all stains; red wine. Immediately after spillage, blot the stain to soak up any moisture. Then combine a tablespoon of white vinegar, some liquid washing-up soap and roughly two cups of water. Submerge a clean cloth into your homemade solution and sponge the stain gently to remove.
Chocolate seems fitting as our second stubborn stain removal tip, as it often accompanies that large glass of red wine. Add a few drops of liquid washing-up soap to a small bowl filled with cold water. Use a clean cloth to dampen the stain, starting from the outer edge and slowly working your way to the middle. Gently rub until the stain begins to lighten. Next, rinse the solution from the sofa by wiping with a different, clean and damp cloth. Finally, wipe it with a dry towel to remove excess moisture and to avoid discolouration.
Believe it or not, urine is one of the most common sofa stains, and whether it belongs to your pet or your toddler it comes third on our list of stubborn stains. First off, combine water and vinegar to create a homemade solution, then spray a small amount of this solution over the affected area. This will help remove the stain as well as getting rid of the ghastly stench. Next, sprinkle a small amount of bicarbonate of soda over the urine patch, this helps to absorb the moisture. Finally, after 20 minutes vacuum the affected area.
For this stubborn stain, you will need to gently apply some rubbing alcohol to a clean, dry cloth. You must not directly pour the alcohol on the stain as this may cause discolouration or could misshape your sofa. We also advise you to test this on an inconspicuous area of your sofa first. Simply dab the cloth around the stain. Next, grab another clean cloth, dip in water and simply wipe the area. Finally, pat gently with a dry towel.
To easily remove any bloodstains, add one teaspoon of salt to a bowl of cold water. Proceed to dab the bloodstain with the solution, allowing the mixture to work into the fabric. Let it sit for around half an hour. Once soaked, use a soft brush to scrub and watch as the murder scene completely disappears.
Cover the affected area with either talcum powder or bicarbonate of soda. Make sure the powder covers the whole stain and leave for around half an hour – helping to absorb some of the grease. After 30 minutes vacuum the powder.
Don’t forget we’d always recommend you test any of these treatments on an inconspicuous area first of all or alternatively, to save all the hassle, you can choose to purchase one of our cheap, fabric or leather cleaning kits. Or why not leave us a review on our Facebook to receive a complementary cleaning kit.