Fact: Upholstery is a magnet for dirt and stains. Regardless of whether it’s your nice comfortable new couch you got or that material that’s covering the seat in your card, your upholstery is going to need to be cleaned. The good news is that upholstery is usually made of materials that don’t show dirt and stains that well so the maintenance required is usually pretty minimal. With that being said, what happens when you do get a stain in your upholstery that you need to get out? We’ll cover a few methods here that will get the dirt and stains out of your upholstery without damaging the material.
Much like we covered in our post about how to get ride of carpet stains, you’re going to be making your own home made concoction. In our other post we talked about a mixture that included beer and in this post, we are going to be using more alcoholic beverages to remove stains. Guess what that means for you? You get to clean and get a buzz on again! OK, that part is totally optional so don’t feel obligated to drink part of your secret stain removing formula. So now lets begin getting your upholstery looking new again.
Gather your materials. You’re going to need a clean cloth, vodka, and dish soap. Once you have these items in front of you, you’re going to fill up a spray bottle halfway full of water, pour in a little bit of dish soap, than pour in about a shots worth of vodka. Once all 3 of these ingredients are in the spray bottle, go ahead and shake the spray bottle up until you feel like everything is blended together.
Spray the upholstery (if you’re just removing a stain, go ahead and JUST spray that stain) until it is soaked in the mixture you created. You’re going to want to let the mixture sit on the upholstery for about 20 minutes which will give it enough time for the chemicals to work their magic.
After waiting 20 minutes you’re going to grab your clean cloth and start to blot the stain. Make sure you don’t rub the cloth over your upholstery in an aggressive way, the point here is to gently blot the stain so you can soak up the stuff that created the stain in the first place. If you don’t have any vodka, you can also use vinegar as a replacement on your mixture. Sometimes if you first try the vodka and it doesn’t work, you can sometimes have success with vinegar instead. It’s OK to play with different amounts of ingredients in your concoction until you’re able to get the stain out. If you don’t have vinegar or vodka, try to just use soap and water. We understand that if you don’t have these items and you’re on a budget, you’re not going to want to go to the store and drop $10 on a bottle of vodka.
At the end of the day, we feel like it’s well worth it to keep rinsing and repeating this process until your stain is completely gone. The reason it’s so worth it is that if you call a professional cleaner to come out, they’re going to charge you a heck of a lot more money than it would cost to pick up these every day items at the store. We hope these tips help (we know they will!), please give us your feed back on our contact page if this process works for you in removing your upholstery stains. Our friends over at Best Mesa carpet cleaning were the ones who turned us onto the idea of using vodka in our upholstery cleaning mixture. They have some great information on DIY tips for carpet cleaning related ideas, to visit their website click here.
Our daughter recently spilled a big cup of red Kool-Aid on our light brown carpet. If we weren’t so educated about removing stains from carpet, we probably would have been freaking out. We know that these types of stains hit thousands of carpets around the country every day so we wanted to share with you some tips on how to get the stains out. Try these first before paying a carpet cleaning company to come out and clean your carpets because you might just save yourself a pretty penny.
You’re going to want to soak the stain with a specific set of ingredients. To get rid of the stain, you’re going to need white vinegar, regular everyday dish soap, and water. Use a few table spoons of vinegar and dish soap, and mix those 2 ingredients with water into a spray bottle. Once you shake up the water bottle, go ahead and spray the stain until it is soaked with the mixture you created.
Once the stain is soaked with your mixture, you’re going to want to let it sit for about 10 to 20 minutes. The mixture is going to create a small chemical reaction that’s going to unbound the stain from the fibers in the carpet.
Once you’ve let the mixture sit for a while, you’re going to want to blot the stain with a clean cloth. It’s very important not to rub the stain because that will actually make things worse. When you blot the stain, you’re actually taking the chemicals out of the carpet. When you rub the stain, you’re actually reversing everything that you just did.
These tips can get pretty much any stain out of carpet. There are some exceptions to the rule, especially if it’s a stain that’s been there for months and even years. These types of more sever stains might require professional grade equipment to get them out. Just in case you don’t have any success removing your stain with the steps described above, we wanted to give you one more kind of peculiar tip to try before dishing out cash to have your stain removed.
Alcohol is a very effective stain remover, so after you try our first mixture and you can’t get that pesky stain out, try to splash some beer on it. Yes you read that correctly, beer is the answer to your problem. In fact, only a little bit of beer can take you a long way when it comes to stain removal, so after you pour some of your beer onto the carpet, we highly recommend drinking the rest while you’re getting that stain out. By now you probably love us because you’re a little buzzed from that beer and you’re glowing because we solved your problem in getting that ugly a** stain out of your carpet. Cheers!
Hey everyone! We wanted to share this great video with you that explains some carpet cleaning basics and can answer a lot of your questions. We will cover a lot more of these topics in depth but for now we thought this might help answer some of your questions!
If you found your way to this wonderful blog, it’s most likely because you’ve come for answers regarding carpet cleaning. Perhaps you’re looking for tips on how to get a stain out, or perhaps you’re looking for the best type of carpet cleaning machine you can get. Whatever you’re looking for, hopefully we can cover ALL of your carpet cleaning needs here.
As I discussed on my about page, I am a mother of four so I have been cleaning carpets and getting tough stains out of carpets for many years. On top of having children, I also have pets (2 dogs and 1 cat to be exact!) so cleaning is nothing new to me. I’ve tried dozens of carpet cleaning machines and vacuums because I was part of a “test” group that was able to test out different types of cleaning machines and cleaning products. Through years of testing I’ve definitely learned a lot about the various products on the market and can give you all some pretty good insights.
On top of my product testing knowledge, my husband has owned a carpet cleaning business for 20 years. Through his business we’ve learned about everything you can possibly know about carpet cleaning, stain removal, and upholstery cleaning. Lucky for you all, we are both here to answer any questions you have, and there’s not a lot of questions we won’t know the answer to. We want to welcome you all to this blog, please feel free to ask us any questions through our contact page!