How to clean upholstery… without damaging it

Posted on 13/08/2016 By

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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.


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