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How To Remove Stains & Spills From A Fabric Sofa


No matter how much you care and look after your fabric sofa, unfortunately accidents happen, especially if like many households you use your sofa on a daily basis. A stain or spillage doesn’t have to ruin the look of your fabric sofa if you take necessary steps.

Here at sofa-guide.com we have a variety of guides to help treat and remove the most common types of sofa spills so you can sit back, relax and enjoy your fabric sofa to the full.

Remember, the quicker you act the better chance you will have removing a stain or spillage completely.


How to remove water based spills such as tea, coffee or soft drinks.


What you will need:

Paper towels or kitchen roll

Sponge

Clean water

Directions:

  1. Using the paper towel blot the affected area until as much of the spill has been absorbed changing the paper towel frequently.
  2. Moisten the sponge in the clean water and dab the affected area in an inwards motion. Take care not to over wet the area.
  3. Using the paper towels blot the affected area again until you have it as dry possible.
  4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you can no longer see the spill being transferred onto your paper towel.
  5. After removing the spillage, you can help to avoid a water mark when the affected area has dried by lightly dabbing the surrounding area with the damp sponge. Feather the edge by using less pressure as you move outwards.

How to remove oil based spills such as salad dressing or butter.


What you will need:

Upholstery cleaning solvent

Clean white cloth

Paper towels or kitchen roll

Directions:

  1. Apply a small amount of solvent to the clean cloth. Dab the affected area lightly. Applying to much pressure can damage the fabric.
  2. Using the paper towels blot the affected area again until you have it as dry possible.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you can no longer see the spill being transferred onto your paper towel.

How to remove solid or semi solid food spills such as baked beans or macaroni cheese.


What you will need:

Kitchen utensil: Butter knife or spoon

sponge

Paper towels or kitchen roll

Clean water

Directions:

  1. Remove all solid food from the surface using your knife or spoon. Avoid spreading the spill by working inwards towards the centre.
  2. Moisten the sponge in the clean water and dab the affected area in an inwards motion, take care not to over wet the area.
  3. Using the paper towels blot the affected area again until you have it as dry possible.
  4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you can no longer see the spill being transferred onto your paper towel.
  5. After removing the spillage, you can help to avoid a water mark when the affected area has dried by lightly dabbing the surrounding area with the damp sponge. Feather the edge by using less pressure as you move outwards.

Note: Any cleaning solutions used should be pre-tested on an inconspicuous area.

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