Thursday, October 2, 2014

Clean spills like a pro

Say good riddance to spots and stains on your upholstered furniture with this tried and tested procedure. With only a few items you can find within your home, your upholstery can look just as good as new.

MATERIALS:
- clean, white cloths
- 1 tbsp. dishwashing liquid
- two cups of cold water
- 1 tbsp. white vinegar
- 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol
- baking soda or cornstarch
- a vacuum cleaner

PROCEDURE:

1. Blot the spill - With a clean, white cloth, blot the spill as soon as possible to keep it from spreading. Remember never to rub the spill – rubbing will only cause the stain to spread and stick. Rather, just dab or pat the area until as much of the spill has been absorbed off of the material.

2. Look at the label - Firstly, check the label for any specifications about the type of material. A “W” means you’re free to use a water-based cleaning agent. “S” means you should stick to a water-free product, like a dry-cleaning solvent. “SW,” meanwhile, indicates that you can use either, as you please.

3. Vacuum - Vacuum the surface to remove as much dirt and dust to make cleaning the spill faster and easier.

4. Test the solution - Mix 1 tbsp. of dishwashing liquid into 2 cups of water. Test this solution first on an inconspicuous area of the upholstery with another clean, white cloth. Check if it causes any concerns, like color bleeding.


5. Remove the stain - Dab and blot the stain with the solution. Make sure that your upholstery absorbs it well. Keep at it until the stain is gone. Dab with cold water on another piece of cloth; and, finally, blot the area dry.


HELPFUL TIPS:
- For stains caused by berries, use a solution made of 1 tbsp. of white vinegar and 2/3 of a cup of rubbing alcohol.
- For stains caused by greasy substances such as gravy, margarine or butter, cooking oil, and mayonnaise, sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on the stain and leave on for about 15 minutes. Vacuum it off. Use a clean cloth to dab a dry-cleaning solvent into the stain until the area is clean.

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