How to Clean Your Upholstery Cleaning Tips and Tools by Ownership - 2021-09-230 As soon as you get your couches and armchairs reupholstered, you want to make sure that it looks good at all times so that you can avoid replacing the covers again. We do have instances where a drink falls onto the fabric or the family pet decides to sleep on the couch. How would you go around cleaning these types of stains and marks? Before cleaning the fabrics with special solvents, always vacuum it first to get rid of any dust that could turn into a horrible brown mark. Dust not only makes stains dirtier but it is also bad for your health. Dust attracts insects and fleas which becomes a difficult problem to deal with. As soon as a drink or any other liquid falls onto the surface of your couch make sure that you dab on the spot with a dry cloth. Absorbing it with the cloth will prevent the liquid from setting into the fibres. Grease and oil might be the worst type of stain to have on a fabric couch or armchair. Whatever you do, do not wet the oil or grease at it does not mix with water. You need to either apply baking soda or baby powder to soak the grease. Once it has been absorbed, brush off gently and put it in the washing machine or hand wash if the specific fabric specifies as such. Be careful of what you read on the internet. Many people will tell you to use vinegar, strange DIY mixtures and so on. Your upholstery should have a tag that explains exactly what type of soaps, solvents and liquids it can handle. Follow these instructions. Water could be damaging to the furniture upholstery. When you see “S” on the tag, you would need to purchase a special solvent based cleaner to avoid damaging or stretching out the fibres. If the family pet has settled on the couch with its muddy fur and paws, there are ways to clean the material without spreading the mud and making the stain worse. This cleaning method only applies to dryer and more solid mud. Let the sand dry so that it stays in one place. Alternatively, you can careful remove the mud without spreading it around and let the excess dry so that it becomes a sold piece. Once dried, brush it off carefully without scratching your couch. After this, follow the correct cleaning procedures mentioned on the tag of the upholstery.