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How To

How To | Clean Upholstery Stains & Remove Odors

Jan 12, 2021

Raise your hand if your couch serves as a bed, dining table, pet hang out, desk, and play area. (Ours are raised.) It’s safe to say the couch is one of the most used pieces of furniture in your home, so it only makes sense that it needs a reboot every now and again. Our steps make de-staining, cleaning, and refreshing yours simple, leaving you more time to sit back and relax.

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STEP 1:
Tackle Stains

Note, when cleaning upholstery for the first time, we always recommend testing an inconspicuous area before cleaning fully. Spot test with a Wash & Stain Bar lathered under cool water and a Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth.

Do not continue cleaning if:

  • The water or product leaves a mark or creates discoloration
  • The treated area is cleaner and brighter than the rest of the fabric
  • The fabric ripples or wrinkles

If you see any of the above reactions, stop spot treating. If the item requires further cleaning, have a professional clean the item in-home.

If there are no adverse reactions, work the Wash & Stain Bar directly to the stain until it begins to lift.

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STEP 2:
Sop Up Suds

Remove soap and suds by gently blotting the area with a damp Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth. Be sure to completely remove soap and suds to avoid water marks. Repeat steps 1 and 2 as necessary until the stain disappears.

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STEP 3:
Press Dry

Use a clean, dry Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth to thoroughly blot the area dry.

STEP 4:
Vacuum Up Grime

If you’ve got a pet that sheds, first brush the Clothing & Upholstery Brush in one direction over of the couch to lift away hair. Then give your sofa a fresh start by vacuuming it (we recommend doing this weekly). This will get rid of not only rogue crumbs, but also dirt, allergens, and dust mites. Use a lightweight, portable hand-held vacuum to go over every square inch of the upholstery, lower sides, and back of the couch. If your couch has removable cushions, remove them and vacuum both sides as well as the frame of the couch.

STEP 5:
Eliminate Smells

Pour some Scented Vinegar in a spray bottle and lightly spray upholstery to eliminate odors.

STEP 6:
Refresh

In between cleanings, use a steamer to remove bacteria and lingering odors. Spritzing your sofa with Fabric Fresh Classic daily will also help to keep odors at bay and infuse fabric with a clean laundry scent.

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