Leather is a long-lasting and durable material. It does not need much maintenance. However, the fabric needs daily vacuuming. The situation becomes critical when you find oil or grease stains on the surface. That is why we advise our clients to add a layer of upholstery protection in Adelaide because it keeps your lounge clean and fresh. Weekly vacuuming is enough, but it is not the case with oil stains. If you are facing this problem, then follow this 4-step formula to fix the issue from the comfort of your home.
Let’s get started.
Things You Need
- Baking Soda
- Dishwasher Liquid
- Microfiber Cloth
- Clean Water
- Vacuum Cleaner and Brush
Have a Pre-test
Experts suggest having a pre-test before applying it to the affected area. The wrong use of DIY remedies on the leather or fabric surface may lead to discolouration, oversaturation, fading, shrinking, stretching and many other issues. That is why you should apply it in a small and hidden area such as cushions or the backside of the furniture to analyse the effect. If you are satisfied, then you can apply it to the affected area.
If you have done this pre-test and you are satisfied, then follow this 4-step process. Sofa fabric protection service professionals use many other advanced equipment and eco-friendly ingredients to solve this issue, but here we are giving you a DIY solution.
Step 1: Vacuum the Area
It is the initial step of all cleaning processes. Whether you have leather or fabric furniture, you should start with vacuuming the area. It would be better if you had a HEPA filter in the vacuum cleaner because it helps you to eliminate microparticles from the surface. After removing the loose dust, you should follow the next step. Besides that, you can also use an upholstery brush to reach tough areas and clean the cracks, crevices, zip, stitches, and backside of the furniture.
Step 2: Remove Excess Oil
Now you have to remove the excess oil. How can you do this? You should blot the area using a white microfiber cloth or paper towel. Repeat the process to absorb the oil from the surface. Please do not rub it in a circular motion because it may spread oil and grease on other parts of the sofa.
Step 3: Time to Apply DIY Solution
Do you know that baking soda and vinegar are highly effective against oil stains and foul smells? They also prevent mould growth, killing germs and bacteria on your couch. However, you have to prepare an appropriate solution.
Please note that if you are facing issues with a foul smell, then you can sprinkle baking soda on the affected area; you do not need to prepare a paste.
However, in case of oil stains and mould growth, you have to prepare a paste using two tablespoons of baking soda, two tablespoons of vinegar and water.
You can apply the paste using a sponge or microfiber cloth. Let it stay for a few hours. After that, check the outcome. If you are not satisfied, then apply the process again. Otherwise, you should consult with an expert for advanced sofa stain removal in Adelaide. They have years of experience so they will help you out of this trouble.
Step 4: Apply Dishwasher Liquid
There can be a few residues left on the surface, and that is why step four is important. To prepare this solution, you have to mix a few drops of dish washing liquid with warm water and apply it using a sponge.
After that, use a dry cloth to suck the excess moisture in the area. It also helps to dry the material quickly. You can accelerate the drying process by using fans and blowers though we prefer air drying. You should open all the windows and switch on the fan to maintain air circulation. It will dry the material within one hour.
How Do You Get Rid of Old Oil Stains?
It is important to note that you have to read the care tag before preparing the solution. Baking soda and white vinegar are popular solutions, and they are suitable for all types of materials.
However, sofa stain removal Adelaide experts follow the care tag provided by the manufacturers because it indicates the best way of cleaning. They use IICRC certified eco-friendly chemicals and other ingredients to prepare the solution; that is why a care tag is important to set the appropriate pH ratio. If you cannot find the care tag, then contact a local manufacturer.
Some popular care tags are-
W: Suitable for a water-based solution.
S: Suitable for a solvent-based solution.
W/S: Suitable for both water and solvent-based solutions.
X: You have to rely on vacuum cleaning because neither water nor the solvent-based solution is suitable for cleaning.
O: Only use organic ingredients for cleaning.
Limitation of DIY Solution
If you think the process is very time taking and complex, then rely on upholstery protection Adelaide experts. Please remember that the wrong use of a DIY solution may damage the item; that is why you should have the proper equipment and ingredients to conduct the method.
If you are facing issues, then please feel free to call our sofa fabric protection service. We are ready to serve you 24/7. If you are busy on the weekdays, please schedule an appointment on the weekend or on public holidays. Our certified experts will reach your location at the scheduled time. Please visit our service page or call us directly to know more about our service.