Not only kids – WE ALL DO IT…
a slice of pizza ends up cheese-side down on the cushion…
a splash of wine somehow makes an escape from your glass…
a cup of tea lands on your sofa, accidentally knocked over by your dog…
Sounds familiar?… Hmmm, don’t worry, there are ways to fix it!
Stains happen, but when they happen on your couch — which is such a centrepiece in your home — it feels especially pressing to get them taken care of right. So we did some investigating to figure out the best way to get rid of several types of stains so your couch can go back to looking like new… without having to call up the professionals.
1.Most food stains
Water and soap — yep, nothing exciting to see here. Water and soap will take care of most couch stains. Use a sponge (soft side) or a clean cloth. You can use warm water, which can help unless the stain has dairy products in it. To avoid the protein curdling, use cool water. If you’re not sure what caused the stain, stick with cool water.
If water and soap don’t seem to do the trick, try a liquid detergent that has enzymes in it. Let it soak for a half-hour or so before blotting with a sponge. With larger stains, start on the outside and work your way in.
2. Greasy stains
Sprinkle baking soda on the stain or make a baking soda paste by combining baking soda and water, then spread it on the stain. The goal is to try to soak as much of the oil out of the stain as possible, so let it sit for 10 or more minutes. Vacuum the baking soda away, and then blot the remaining stain with vodka. Or use a little bit of dish soap and scrub at it with something soft like a tooth brush and blot it clean with a moist paper towel.
3. Wine & berry stains
Try lifting the stain with sparkling water and blotting it with a clean cloth. Yes, really — it usually works.
If for some reason that doesn’t work, mix a tablespoon of vinegar and a teaspoon of laundry detergent into four cups of cold water. Use this solution to dab at the stain with a clean cloth, and then blot it with clean water afterward.
4. Beer & coffee stains
For beer stains, rub the stain with an ice cube and then mix a small amount of liquid detergent — a teaspoon should be plenty — and warm water and use this to blot at the stain with a paper towel.
Coffee can be handled in a similar manner, but you can skip the ice cube step and get right to the detergent.
5. Ink stains
Pour a little bit of rubbing alcohol on the stain, and then blot at the stain starting at the edges and moving inward. A dry-cleaning solvent can also work if you have one on hand. But whatever you do, don’t rub at the stain — that can just spread it further.
6. Pet pee
Pour a half-water, half-vinegar solution on the stain and then blot, blot, blot with a clean rag until you’ve removed the majority of the moisture. You can sprinkle baking soda over the top and let it dry to help reduce the odour as well. Vacuum to get rid of the baking soda residue once it’s dry.
Just to let you know that all of our furniture is made in beautiful italian fabrics with Zero Spot System which means that they are very hard to stain!
Just saying… 🙂