Keeping your upholstered furniture clean, bright and charming is a small miracle by anyone’s standards. It seems the second you remove the protective wrapping from a piece of furniture the universe conspires to blemish that beautiful upholstery.

If you hope to keep your home’s upholstery clean and bright, it will be your sworn duty to stand at the ready, cleaning agents in hand to meet out an appropriate solution. But, before that it is important to consider the long term perspective on cleaner upholstery. Here is what you need to know:

1. Accidents happen –– assume that at any given moment a cat’s paw, child’s chocolates or spouse’s cup of coffee is colliding with fabric furnishings. What will you do? Having an appropriate contingency plan is step one in avoiding the worst from these plot twists.

2. Clean Furniture Resists Stains ––   the best way to keep your furniture safe from the worst stains, is by keeping it clear of dust, dirt, hairs and grime. Because you never know when an accident will happen, regular cleaning is an important part of long-lasting beautiful upholstery

Keeping these important points in mind is an important first step. Having your fabric and upholstery regularly addressed by a professional cleaning service is a good way to prevent dingy, discolored furnishings in the long term. But, what about stains and spills?

1. Remove Contaminants Quickly

There isn’t much time before liquids and greases begin working their way into the fabric so the faster the response the better. Everything spilled must be removed so the best way to begin is by vacuuming the area and try to pull as much solid and liquid contaminants as possible from the area.

2. Blot the Spot

Using a white cloth or paper towel, begin blotting the spill or spot to try and pull as much moisture from the area as possible. Be gentle and do not force the contaminants further into the fabric. Keep gently patting the area until no more vestiges are being absorbed by your cloth or towel –– which is why white is a useful color here.  

3. Cleaning Agents

The cleaning agents you choose should be properly matched to the spills and contaminants in question. Don’t worry about getting the most advanced technological chemical solutions as some of the easiest vinegar/soap/water solutions are often the most effective. Just be sure the solution you are using matches the problem you are facing.   

4. Applying Cleaning Agents

You don’t want to make the problem bigger so work slowly and try to contain the area of operations to within the actual stain zone. Moisten (don’t soak) the affected area with your solution and begin scrubbing inward towards the center of the stain.

After loosening the stain by scrubbing, repeat the blotting process until no more contaminants are being lifted. Eyeball the stain, if you feel more stain can be lifted repeat the process as many times as necessary.

Final Notes on Upholstery Cleaning and Stain Prevention

If your best efforts to remove the stain are ineffective, don’t feel bad, it takes a lot of time and experience to effectively remove stains, especially from light-colored upholstery. But, by following the advice on this post, you increase your chances of success considerably.

Getting your furniture professionally cleaned is also an important part of removing visible stains and preventing their formation in the future. This is where professional upholstery cleaning services can play an important role in the preservation of your furnishings.