We have all thought about bright, white lounge suites that could become a new addition to the home, but then changed our mind because owning a white lounge suit is asking for trouble. A white lounge suit, or any light colour for that matter, is a risky move especially if you have little ones around. Spending thousands on a lounge suite, only to end up spending more on cleaning it, is not an ideal thought that crosses the mind of a homeowner.
However, if something tragic were to happen, like spilt red wine or chocolate stains on your sofa, you need to know how to get it out without breaking the bank first.
Identify the material of your lounge suite
Not all lounge suites are made from the same material. Check the tag to insure you are going about the right way of cleaning. The universal code for cleaning tag would be “S” for Solvent, “W” for Water, while some may indicate “SW” for Solvent and/or Water, and there are fabric sofa that can only be vacuumed. This way you will know if you can use any type of chemical or not.
Identify the type of stain
Next, you will need to identify the type of stain that caused this horrendous crime against your lounge suite. Different type of stain generally requires different stain removal solution. If you require professional help, they will have to to diagnose your sofa condition when you require their professional sofa cleaning service. If you can salvage your sofa then do so. As soon as the stain occurs, remove excess liquid or stain as quickly as you can to increase the chance of removing them. The sad part about any stain is that the longer the stain sits the more difficult, or impossible, to remove them.
When it’s up to DIY
Create your own solvent by doing the following: Mix 1 teaspoon of mild soap detergent like laundry or dishwashing detergent with a cup of warm water. Then mix the solution until it has formed foam. Once it has become foamy enough, use some of the suds using a clean damp cloth and start blotting the stain from the outer stain towards the centre. Once the stain is removed, rinse the stained area with clear water blot with new white cloth. For excellent results place piles of paper towel over the damp area and then put a heavy object on top of it.