Tackling Tough Upholstery Stains
18 September 2014
So you’re enjoying a glass of wine at the end of a long, tiring day and suddenly, it slips out of your hand and onto your prized armchair, handed down in the family for generations. Or your adorable two-year old was just learning to feed herself and a proud moment turns into one of horror as you watch the spoon slip from her hand and onto your beloved sofa! When it comes to house cleaning tasks there is nothing quite as difficult and as distressing as dealing with upholstery stains. The most challenging thing about upholstery stains is that unlike regular cleaning and maintenance tasks, you can’t wait for a cleaning company to take care of the problem. Stains spread quickly and get absorbed rapidly, and by the time it takes to get on the phone and make a booking with a cleaning agency a lot of the damage will already be done. You can hire professional cleaners to remove traces of the stain and handle the more delicate work at a later stage, but learning how to control and tackle tough upholstery stains can save you a fortune and lots of tension! Tip 1: Contain The CrisisWhen it comes to upholstery stains, learning to stop the spill from spreading is the most crucial skill you can pick up. All upholstery cleaning services and tricks will fail if you end up taking a damp cloth and just spreading the stain around in a crazed frenzy! Never, ever wipe or scrub a fresh spill: learn to carefully blot it by using a thick, clean absorbent cloth. Minimize the damage by containing the spill and keeping it from spreading. Tip 2: Recognise The Cause Knowing what kind of stain you’re dealing with will play a major role in being able to remove it. One of the biggest reasons why most people recommend hiring domestic cleaning services is because the professional upholstery cleaners know the stains on sight and can choose the most appropriate cleaning method accordingly. Matching the wrong kind of cleaning product with the stain can have disastrous results. For instance, learning to differentiate between oily and non-oily stains will influence the choice between using hot water and cold water and could potentially mean the difference between cleaning out a stain and absolutely ruining your upholstery.Tip 3: Match The Source With The SolutionOnce you learn to recognise the different kinds of stains and spills you can expect around the house, your job will get much easier. The next step is to know what kind of cleaning agent and technique should be used for different types of stains. For example, protein stains are a result of animal or human sources (think egg yolk or a blood stain) and can be cleaned with cold water and a little bit of dishwashing liquid. On the other hand, oil-based stains should be dried out and blotted as quickly as possible, so you should ideally sprinkle some baking soda over the stain and let it stand and then scoop it up with a vacuum cleaner. Applying the right kind of upholstery cleaning product and technique to the right kind of stain will save you a lot of time, worry and money in the long run. Tip 4: Don’t Ignore The Care Tags/ CodesNow, while it pays to learn some of the basics of home cleaning, it is also important to follow instructions. Most upholstered items will carry manufacturers’ instructions on how to clean and care for the item. Familiarise yourself with the different codes- a quick search on the Internet should be enough to help translate most of the universal codes- and make sure you follow the cleaning guidelines. Don’t attempt to wash an item that should be dry-cleaned and don’t try to use a vinegar solution on upholstery that has to be professionally treated. And finally, remember, the cleaning companies are pros for a reason: they’ve been trained to take care of all kinds of cleaning crises. Once you have the situation in control, do contact an agency for cleaning services. This will help prevent permanent staining and damage.
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