Be advised that we do not recommend spot cleaning upholstery, unless it is absolutely necessary.
Knowing how to spot clean upholstery safely is essential. If you don’t know how to do it correctly, you can do more harm than good. Following these suggestions will help you keep your furniture looking its best between professional cleanings.
- Vacuum your upholstery regularly. If your furniture is free of dust and debris, the chances of it staining permanently due to a spill or accident are greatly reduced.
- Check the manufacturer’s tag for fiber content and safe cleaning instructions. Do not use anything that can permanently damage the fabric. If your manufacturer’s tag says “dry clean only” or has an S, P, X, X/S or F code, do not wet it! These fabrics cannot be safely cleaned with water or water based solutions. Know what the manufacturer’s cleaning code means before you attempt to spot clean it.
Sometimes things spill, kids puke or fluffy doesn’t make it outside on time. Fitting professional cleanings into our budgets when accidents occur isn’t alway possible. Follow these instructions to lower the risk of doing more harm than good:
- Blot spots with dabbing motions working from the edges to the center. Do not rub! Use a clean absorbent white towel. Do not use a colorful towel or rag because the dyes can bleed onto your fabric.
- Once you’ve blotted off as much of the stain as possible, try dabbing the area with unscented baby wipes, repeating until you can no longer see any of the offending substance transfer onto the wipes. Then, use a blowdryer to dry the fabric completely. This will help to reduce the possibility of water spots or rings from forming.
- If you’ve followed these steps, but still see the spot, and only if the manufacturer tag says it can be wet cleaned (W code), try a little club soda or a high quality fabric spotter. First test the spotter on a low visibility area, making sure you follow the instructions on the label carefully, then blow dry the fabric, until it is completely dry. If the test shows that the spotter is safe for your upholstery, use it on the spot, and remember to blow dry the fabric afterwards.
Also, remember that furniture manufacturers recommend a thorough professional cleaning at least once a year. If it has been awhile since your last cleaning, this is a good time to schedule your appointment.
You may also want to have us apply genuine 3M-Scotchgard after your cleaning to help prevent your furniture from staining permanently when spills and accidents occur.