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Upholstery Cleaning Tips and When to Hire a Pro

Upholstery stains are your worst enemy because those stains can ruin the look of an expensive piece of furniture. Many homeowners find that the stains come from pets, kids and other family members. They might not even notice the stain for several days, which is a problem. You generally want to tackle the stain as soon as possible. You can use a high-quality upholstery cleaner, but you can also try some basic home remedies. These remedies work best if you can attack the stain before it sets into the fabric.

Baby Wipes

If you have a baby or a toddler in your home, you can use baby wipes for simple stains. Baby wipes have water and soap, which remove food stains and other types of stains. You can even use the wipes on some delicate fabrics because the moisture evaporates quickly without damaging the fabric. Simply dab the wipe against the stain, changing wipes when one becomes saturated. After you remove the stain, let the fabric dry overnight.


Cornstarch is another great item to keep on hand for stains. Cornstarch can absorb liquids and moisture that causes a stain. When you notice that you have a fresh stain on your furniture, sprinkle cornstarch over the surface. Let the cornstarch sit for several hours, or until the cornstarch absorbs the liquid. Vacuum the cornstarch off the furniture and check the stain. If you still see traces of the stain, use a little upholstery cleaner on the stain. You can also use baking soda in place of the cornstarch.


White toothpaste is another household item that battles stains, especially crayon, marker or grease stains. You need ordinary toothpaste that does not contain any type of gel. Apply a small amount of toothpaste to the stain and rub the toothpaste onto the upholstery. Rub a damp cloth across the surface of the upholstery, removing the excess toothpaste. You might need to use multiple layers of toothpaste to get through the different layers of the stain.

Potential Warning

Before you use any type of household or commercial cleaner on your furniture, make sure that the product will not damage the fabric. Look for an inconspicuous area of the piece such as the bottom edge or underneath any cushions. Use a small amount of the product on these area and look for any signs of damage. The products might weaken the fabric or cause discoloration on certain types of fabric.


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