Water, dishwashing liquid, alcohol, citric acid, baking soda – all of these will do a great job in removing stains. However, it is worth remembering that the best effects are achieved when the stain is still fresh.
Sofa is an inseparable element of every living room. Many people will agree with the statement that it is one of the most exploited pieces of furniture in the whole apartment. It is used for relaxing after a hard day, reading books, watching TV, but also simply for spending time with family and friends.
Intensive use makes the sofa constantly exposed to various types of dirt. Stains, even the smallest ones, look unsightly and messy. There is one basic rule, which will help to remove stains or spots. It is about time, or rather about quick reaction. When the stain is not yet dried and “bitten” into the fabric, it is easier to fight with it. We present proven ways to get rid of the stain from the sofa.
Water + mild detergent
First, prepare a bowl of lukewarm water with a mild detergent, such as washing-up liquid, and a soft cotton or microfiber cloth. Here, you should be aware that even the movements are important; you should start washing the stain from the edges and only then move slowly towards the middle. Why? First of all, it is about not spreading the stain. We don’t want the stain to get even bigger.
How to remove greasy stains?
A great weapon, which will deal especially with greasy stains (freshly made), is potato flour, but also talcum powder and chalk. Just rub any of these products on the stain and leave it for several minutes. The dust will absorb the grease from the stain. Finally, you still need to vacuum the whole thing or sweep it with a toothbrush and wipe it with a damp cloth (preferably dampened in warm water).
Percentages may come in handy
A stained sofa can also be cleaned with a small amount of alcohol, which should be rubbed spot on the stain. Gasoline and solvent have a similar effect. However, these agents are quite aggressive and it is best to use them when the stain is already dried on or extremely resistant.
Citric acid for dark stains
It often happens that we spill black coffee or tea. It is easy to remove such stains from the floor or table, but it is not so easy to remove them from the upholstery. A homemade way to get rid of such stains is to make a 5% or 10% (not more, in order not to damage the material) solution of citric acid, apply it on the stain and wipe it off with a cloth. You can also clean the residue with a cloth dipped in warm water with washing powder. Toothpaste also has a good effect.
What about red wine stains?
Most of us know that red wine stains are difficult to remove from fabrics. It concerns not only clothes, but also furniture. In this case, a great idea is to use a solution of citric acid, although there is also another way, which even our grandmothers knew; pour white wine and then water over the red wine stain. Then it remains only to wipe everything with a cloth and leave it to dry.
If you happen to stain your sofa with milk, then you need to remove it as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Unfortunately, after a short time, milk starts to sour, which makes the smell really unpleasant.
It’s a good idea to treat the milk stain right away with baking soda, which absorbs all odors perfectly. First, soak the stain gently, then apply the baking soda solution and leave it for about 5 minutes. Finally, collect everything with cold water (hot water could smear the stain) and there should be no more trace of the stain or bad smell. It is worth remembering that baking soda solution can also deal with blood stains. Here, the procedure is the same as in the case of spilled milk.