Stains on sofa or carpet: remove with household products

Stains, a recurring problem in many households. However, in most cases stains simply disappear using the washing machine. But what if the stains are not in clothing, but on a couch or carpet? Putting a sofa in the washing machine is generally not an option. Fortunately stains on sofas and carpets can also be removed, provided you have the right knowledge. By following some advice and using the right household products or professional stain removers, permanent stains on fabric and leather become a thing of the past.

Advice on removing stains

By keeping some (general) advice in mind, stains in the carpet or sofa can easily be removed in many cases. Depending on the material - fabric or leather - different recommendations apply.

Stains on carpet or couch (dust)

  • The main rule for a fabric sofa or carpet is that it should never be rubbed. Only dabbing the stain is recommended.
  • The sofa or the carpet are often provided with a label from the manufacturer. These labels sometimes contain maintenance or cleaning advice for stains.
  • A white cotton cloth or cloth can best be used for dotting stains.
  • Damp damp spots immediately after they have formed with lukewarm water. If water has no effect, try a mix of water with detergent.
  • Dry the sofa or the carpet after blotting. For example, a hairdryer can be used for this. Drying with kitchen paper is also possible, but takes longer.
  • Stains where a substance has been left behind (for example chocolate) can be scraped away with the blunt side of a knife. Then dab (lukewarm water) again with a cloth or cloth.

Stains on sofa (leather)

  • For leather, the main rule is that rubbing must be avoided. Only if patting is really not possible can (soft!) Be rubbed.
  • It is handy to have both a leather chamois and a soft cloth at home. These can then be used specifically for the leather sofa. Cleaning products usually work best on a leather couch, chair or other piece of furniture by using a chamois leather.
  • When spilling moisture on leather it is wise to dab this as soon as possible with a dry cloth. If you act quickly, the moisture has less chance of getting into the leather.
  • The pores of the leather become clogged if rubbed too hard. This may create a shiny place

Stain pointer carpet, sofa and other fabrics or leather furniture

StainHow to remove?
BloodUse cold water in which two tablespoons of salt are dissolved per liter. Dab this stain. If the stain does not go away, then treat with diluted ammonia.
VomitScrape away with the blunt side of a knife. Then pat with lukewarm water and then with cold water.
ChocolateTreat chocolate milk immediately with soapy water. Scrape solid forms of chocolate (blunt side of the knife). Then treat with turpentine and then dip with soapy water. Finally treat with clean water and dab (dry) again.
Egg (yellow)First scrape away the remains with the blunt side of a knife. Then dab with cold water and then pat dry. Old stains must first be soaked with cold water (as far as possible) and can then be treated with the foam of a detergent.
FruitWith soapy water and on stubborn fruit stains with 70% alcohol on a cotton swab.
JusSoap from an ammonia-containing cleaning agent.
CoffeeTreat with regular soapy water.
CrayonTreat with benzene or white spirit
LiqueurDab with alcohol and then treat with soapy water.
LipstickWith acetone on a cotton swab. It is an aggressive method. First try out in a non-visible place.
MilkWith gasoline and afterwards with ammonia-containing soapy water.
UrineDab in lukewarm water. If this has no effect, then with a soapy water that contains vinegar and wool detergent. Then dab with cold water.
PaintTreat with a diluent - such as white spirit.
FatClean with white spirit. After treatment with cold water to which a soap solution has been added.
Fruit juiceDab with soapy water or if this does not work, treat it with alcohol on a cotton swab.
WineWith alcohol or soapy water.

The stain guide can be used for both fabrics and leather furniture as long as the advice that applies to the specific material is observed.

Household resources

Within the recommendations and also the stain pointer, a few household items always come back as a means to remove stains on furniture. In that sense it is wise - when following the advice and stain guide - to have the following household products at home: acetone, alcohol (70%), ammonia-based cleaning agent, vinegar, turpentine, benzene and salt.

Professional stain removers

In addition to the household resources to remove stains on furniture, there are also many producers who have brought (professional) stain removers to the Dutch market. The big advantage of these stain removers is that they - thanks to a combination of specific components - often give better results than with the help of regular household products. The disadvantage of these products is that they are usually more expensive. It should be borne in mind that - when household appliances do not work - the use of a professional tool as a last resort is always cheaper than buying new furniture.

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