Numerous items can cause stains on a sofa, and the proper removal method depends greatly on the type of stain you have. While stain removal can seem like a difficult task on light-colored fabrics, they are really no different from dark-colored materials. The faster you act after a spill, the more likely you are to fully remove the stain before it sets. For that reason, it's ideal to keep the items needed for stain removal in a convenient, easy-to-access place but out of reach of small children.
Things You'll Need
- Distilled water
- Clean towel or lint-free cloth
- Water-soluble detergent
- White vinegar
- Table salt
- Hydrogen peroxide
Blot stains that are still wet with a clean, dry towel or lint-free cloth to remove the excess moisture.
Rinse the stain with distilled water and blot the area with a clean towel or lint-free cloth if your tan fabric is non-protein based and identified with a "W" or "WS." Common fabrics of this type include acetate, nylon and polyester. If you have a stubborn stain, rub a small amount of water-soluble detergent into the area in a circular motion before rinsing and blotting with cool distilled water and a clean towel or lint-free cloth again.
Dab organic dye stains like mustard and fruit juice with a mixture that is 1 part white vinegar and 3 parts distilled water. Blot the stain with a clean towel or lint-free cloth.
Mix 2 tbsp. table salt with 1 quart of distilled water to remove bloodstains from tan fabric. Blot the stain and rinse with distilled water. If the stain persists, apply a 3:1 mixture of distilled water and hydrogen peroxide.
Combine equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water-soluble detergent and rub the mixture onto the stain in gentle circular motions to remove red wine. Rinse with distilled water.
Tips & Warnings
- Always test a small, hard-to-see portion of the sofa to make sure the fabric will not be negatively affected by the stain treatment. This is especially important when using hydrogen peroxide.
- If you have a really stubborn stain that won't come off, take the item to a dry cleaner if it is an easily transportable item like a pillow, sofa cushion or slip cover.
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