How to React After Staining Your Sofa

Posted May 1, 2023 by in Home

The worst has happened. You’ve just got a new sofa, you’ve placed it in your living room, it looks beautiful. You celebrate with a bottle of red wine and a few snacks. You sit down on the sofa to admire your excellent choosing skills. You crack open the bottle…

Do you see where we’re going with this?

Spillages on a sofa – especially a new sofa set – are one of the horrors that every homeowner has nightmares about. In many ways, we all need a manual; a set of guidelines as soon as we own a house that tells us what to do if such an event takes place.

Unfortunately for everyone, we don’t; but thankfully for you, we’re well on top of it. Below, we have compiled our own guidelines that can help you alleviate stains the moment that they are made. Starting with the most frightening:

Red Wine Stains

Listen, we’re not going to lie to you, if you have spilled red wine on your sofa, then you’re in trouble. It’s incredibly difficult to get red wine out of a sofa, but there are things you can do to alleviate the worst of it. First off, dab the stain with a wet cloth to soak up the moisture. 

After this is done, fill up a cup of water and combine it with a tablespoon of white vinegar and some washing-up liquid – make sure you have purchased the best washing-up liquid for stains before the fact. Submerge the cloth into this solution and then gently dab the area of the stain until it fades.

Pen Stains

Having children is one of the best and most rewarding things you can do in your life. It’s just a shame your sofa doesn’t see it the same way. It’s very likely that every sofa has been marked by an over-excited child with a felt pen at some stage in their life. 

If this has happened in your own household, the first thing you should do is grab a dry cloth, dab some rubbing alcohol onto it and then take it to the stain – do not pour the rubbing alcohol onto the stain itself, as this will end up discolouring the fabric.

Grease Stains

Whilst it’s great fun to curl up on the sofa and watch the movie classic Grease, its actual relationship with sofas is not as fun. That is to say, grease is one of the most common causes of sofa stains, to the point where they can entirely ruin a sofa if they are not dealt with quickly. 

If you spot a grease stain on your sofa, then immediately cover the area with bicarbonate of soda or talcum powder. Leave it for half an hour – or as long as it takes to absorb the grease – then vacuum up the rest of it.

Chocolate Stains 

If you have decided to have a late-night snack and ended up falling asleep on the sofa, you might be met with one of the most stubborn stains yet. Chocolate can seem almost impossible to get out of a sofa, but it is doable. All you have to do is dab a few drops of washing-up liquid into a bowl of cold water, then use a cloth to rub around the outer edge of the stain – moving slowly and lightly until you reach the middle. Once this is done, rinse the solution and use a dry towel to get rid of the excess moisture. 

Every Other Stain

Of course, there are many and more things that can stain our beloved sofa sets. If you want one simple way to deal with them all, then here it is: remove the upholstery and lay it outside. Go and grab a loofah or shower scrubber and then combine a bowl of washing-up liquid and hot water. Mix it together until you get an excess of suds. Dab your loofah into the suds – without getting it wet – and then apply it to the stain. Once this is done, sprinkle bicarbonate of soda onto the stained patch and leave it for ten minutes. Next, grab a dry towel and slowly wipe away the powder.

This should work on most stains, no matter what they are, so you can always give this a try if all else fails.

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