The Stain Guide For Removing Different Types of Stains

When you are trying to create a perfect living space with new furniture, stains and splotches on your furniture cause you unending embarrassment. Life is messy and so are stains on your furniture. It may be a clumsy guest spilling wine or coffee, a pesky pet leaving dirty paw marks or your child spilling its fruit drink. Stains disfigure your sofa and comfortable lounges. You must remove stains immediately to avoid them becoming a permanent part of your living room furniture and disfiguring them.

Stains can arise due to different reasons and you must understand each source type thoroughly before trying to remove them. Otherwise, you risk damaging your sofa and other priceless furniture. If you face any difficulty in removing some indelible stains, rather than struggle with them and risk damaging the furniture. Call in the local expert cleaner like Keen Upholstery Cleaning Canberra and avoid costly replacements and repair to your valuable furniture.

Sources of different stains 

Stains vary from wine, beer, coffee and tea stainsspit up, ink and blood stains, oil and grease stains, pet urine, mud and dirt stains etc.

Stain removal methods must vary and must be customised to the fabric type. Upholstery fabrics can be manmade, animal skin or natural fabrics. Fabrics range from cotton, linen, velvet, suede, nylon, polyester, leather, microfibre etc.

Precautions to be observed while cleaning stains from your upholstered sofa

  • Carefully read the manufacturer’s care instructions given in the manual or the fabric tag. Most of us are familiar with W for water, S for Solvent, WS for either water or solvent, X for vacuum only and D for dry cleaning. These are universal symbols which explain the medium by which the upholstery is to be cleaned.
  • Clean and mop up stains immediately to avoid them permanently setting in
  • Call in professional cleaners like Sofa Stain Removal Canberra to ensure that a thorough job of stain removal is done. We will do an expert cleaning to ensure that all stains on your valued furniture are distant memory. Sofa Stain Protection Canberra will also provide sofa stain protection services like stain protection sprays or Scotchguard treatment on your priceless furniture. This also helps to protect your furniture from getting stained in the future.
  • Always test the chemical agents you are using to remove stains in a small corner of your upholstery fabric to avoid adverse reactions
  • Make sure that you vacuum the sofa thoroughly before your start the process of stain removal.

Stain removal methods for some common stains on your upholstered sofa

  • Wine stains:

When you host parties on the weekend, you always run the risk of dreaded sine spills on your precious furniture. Do not fret! We provide an easy method of cleaning up wine spills. First blot the stained area with a clean towel. Spray carbonated water directly on the wine spill. Blot this completely and apply baking soda paste in water to cover the stained area completely. Let it remain on your sofa or lounge for some time. After it starts drying, brush it off and thoroughly vacuum the relevant area.

  • Grease and oil stains:

Grease and oil stains are bad for your sofa and spoil its appearance. If you have an accidental oily mess on your couch, follow this easy guide to remove it. Sprinkle corn-starch or baking soda on the oily stain. Let it rest as it helps to lift the grease from your upholstery and then, brush it off. Use a liquid detergent to clean and rinse the area. Make sure that you thoroughly blot and dry the area.

  • Ink stains:

Ink stains are dreaded when spilt on couch cushions and upholstery. But you can make removing ink stains an easy job. Use a combination of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar in a 1:2 proportion. Blot the stain with the solution with a clean cloth. This will help to eliminate the ink from your upholstery. Even after cleaning the stain, if it does not disappear, call in the professional cleaners from Stain Removal Canberra for expert removal of stains.

  • Mud and dirt smears:

This is one of the easiest stains to remove. Use a brush and a vacuum cleaner to completely wipe out the surface dirt. Then use a dishwashing liquid solution in water to sponge the area and remove the dirt smears completely.

  • Beer and Coffee stains:

For beer stains, first rub the stained area with an ice cube. Then use a dishwashing solution to clean and mop up the area. For coffee stains, just using the dishwashing solution to clean up will suffice. Make sure that the furniture upholstery is thoroughly dry before using it again.

  • Pet stains:

Pets no doubt bring you a lot of joy but they are accident-prone. If you see pet stains, use a white vinegar solution in water to eliminate such stains.

Make sure that you make the furniture completely dry under the fan or direct sunlight to avoid mould growth.


Removing stains immediately is imperative lest they become a permanent feature on your furniture. Also, get Scotchguard protection from Sofa Stain Protection Services Canberra to protect your furniture upholstery from accidental stains in the future.

Keen Upholstery Cleaning Canberra is well-reputed in Canberra and its suburbs for stain removal and other upholstery cleaning services. Book your appointment. We are at your disposal 24X7 and provide round-the-clock stain removal services. Call us at 0480090711 at your convenience for same-day and emergency stain removal services.

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