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Four Simple Tips for
Removing Stains from Upholstery

October 21, 2020

Even with the best precautions (short of your great grandmother’s plastic couch covers), accidents happen, and sometimes those accidental spills result in stains. If only we could direct stains to singularly occur on our spouse’s ugly pair of pants that are already fated to “get lost” in the laundry. Unfortunately, sometimes the spills occur on our beautifully upholstered furniture. 

But have no fear, The Maids is here, and we have some solid solutions for stain removal.

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  • Always start by checking your furniture’s cleaning instructions. These are important because they’ll provide details about exactly the type of fabric you’re working with.  Cleaning codes are specified with a letter.
  • Even with the go-ahead from your cleaning code, use your solution first on a small test patch. The cleaning code provides instructions for the best and safest treatment plan, but it is not a guarantee; so don’t skip the test patch.

W– If your piece is labeled with the letter W, you’ll need to use a water-based solution for stain removal. A mild detergent or non-solvent upholstery shampoo should do the trick. Apply the product with a soft brush and in a circular motion, then vacuum.

S– These pieces can be cleaned with a water-free, mild solvent cleaner. Make sure to clean in a well-ventilated room and avoid mixing products.

WS– For this combination, spot clean with a mild solvent, upholstery shampoo or mild detergent. Make sure to carefully follow directions and clean in a well-ventilated room.

X– On furniture pieces containing an X, stick to vacuuming or light brushing to mitigate stains. Cleaners of any kind may cause damage or additional staining.

Once you’ve tackled these stain removal methods, there’s nothing that can scare you. Click here to get a free estimate for a cleaning by The Maids.

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