Upholstery Spot Cleaning Tips For An Unknown Stain
Here are several tips and tricks for removing upholstery spots and stains.
First, Chris asked a question about removing a mystery stain from an upholstered ottoman.
I got a small stain on our brand new linen/cotton upholstered ottoman. I don't know what the stain is...some sort of liquid dripped on it...could be grease or coffee or baby formula or sweat...I'm not sure!
Anyway, the care instructions for the fabric are "dry clean only." But obviously I can't dry clean an upholstered piece of furniture- the fabric isn't removable. The fabric is 70% linen 30% cotton.
Do you have any advice on how to handle this? Do I need to contact a professional cleaning company? Is there something I can do at home?
I already blotted the stain with a damp cloth but it did nothing. Thanks!
Chris, I hate mystery stains! Unfortunately they are very common.
Of course, you've already done the first step, which is to look at the care tags for your upholstery to determine how it should be cleaned. I am assuming it provided a "S" code based on your description that you said it should be dry cleaned only.
I understand your confusion when it says this, since you are imagining taking it to a dry cleaners like you would a dirty shirt. However, what that terms means is that you should not use a water-based solvent to clean it, unless the tag has the code "WS" which means you can use either water-based or solvent-based cleaners on the upholstery. If it is dry clean only, then you should only use dry cleaning solvent, or some non-water based solvent which may still be in liquid form, but is "dry" because it does not contain water.
I've given more detailed directions for upholstery dry cleaning here, including suggested dry upholstery cleaners you can use (my favorite of which is Guardsman Dry Cleaning Fluid.)
Basically, to answer your question, you can try using a dry upholstery cleaner on the spot, but always test first in an inconspicuous location to make sure it does not harm the upholstery. My motto is that if it is too precious to ruin don't try it on your own, but instead call a professional!
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