STAINS ON Cushioned FURNITURE – ON Upholstery
The cushioned furniture gets dirty, they dust and stain very easily - the easier the lighter and more fluffy the upholstery fabric is. Because the upholstery fabrics are dyed with various types of dyes, so always test the stain remover on an inconspicuous part of the upholstery before cleaning upholstered furniture.
Most often, stains on upholstered furniture come from dirt and sweat. It is impossible to stain the upholstery fabric on both sides, as for normal stain removal from fabrics. Only stains from the surface of the upholstery fabric can be removed from upholstered furniture. If, when removing the stain, moisten the stained area of the upholstery fabric with a stain remover too much, then the dissolved dirt will penetrate deep into the fabric, and even getting into the layer of filler material. Usually, upholstered furniture is removed when wet with a lukewarm water solution of a neutral detergent. This solution is used to lightly wipe the upholstery surface with a damp sponge or a piece of chamois leather, and in the case of very heavy soiling - with a brush. Most often, the entire padding is subjected to this treatment, to avoid lighter spots left over from partial stain removal. With the second squeezed sponge, excess liquid is collected, then rinse the sponge in warm water and wipe the stain-free padding again. In this way, the entire surface is systematically cleaned, piece by piece. Please note, to make a dirty bath (with dissolved dirt) was removed from the surface of the upholstery fabric as quickly as possible. Dry terry cloths can be used for this purpose, characterized by exceptional water absorption. It may happen, that despite a properly performed stain removal treatment on upholstered furniture, dirty stains will remain on the upholstery. Then the entire procedure should be repeated. When wet cleaning upholstered furniture, very good results are achieved by the use of foaming preparations. Instructions on how to use these preparations are usually found on their packaging.
Much easier, and at the same time much less damaging to the upholstery fabric, the method of removing stains from upholstered furniture is to remove stains from it with a solvent, preferably petrol or stain removing liquid. However, during this procedure, the upholstery fabric may discolor, therefore, before removing stains, test the solvent on an inconspicuous part of the upholstery. The solvent, appropriately selected for the upholstery fabric, is applied to the surface with a soft brush, lightly rubbing it into the upholstery fabric. If possible, Dry clean upholstered furniture in the open air, because inhaling gasoline or other solvent vapors may be very harmful to health. Under these conditions, the solvent evaporates faster, which allows for a better and faster assessment of the result of work. After cleaning the upholstery fabric, brush marks are wiped with a tampon soaked in solvent. Due to the risk of fire, light gasoline should never be used to clean upholstered furniture. Pillows with foam rubber filling cannot be cleaned with a solvent, but they are washed in soapy water or detergent, because the solvent dissolves, and even breaks down the foam rubber and makes the pillow hard after it is applied.
Though removing stains from padded furniture is easier with a solvent, however, in household conditions, this method should rather be abandoned, because it requires the use of a relatively large amount of solvent, which is both dangerous and expensive.
One should still pay attention to the fact, that the possibilities of using chemicals to remove stains on upholstered furniture are limited, because it is not possible to wash the remains of chemicals with plenty of water. For this reason, only these chemicals are considered, that may remain in the fabric, without damaging it.