Common “Permanent” Stains Found On Soft Furnishings

Permanent or stubborn stains on soft furnishings are typically caused by spillages that are not removed quickly after they occur. The key to handling such challenging spots is to remove the stains immediately after you discover them. Hopefully, by the time you act on the stain, the spillage has not caked within the textile and become permanent. If all safe ways are tried but the results don’t meet your expectations, always contact a professional cleaning company immediately.

Below are common stains that can highly cause “permanent” stains and suggestions on how to remove/lighten the mark.

1. Watermark

Watermarks are often seen on soft furnishings like carpets, sofa, and mattress after flooding or caused by leaking air conditioner. When water spillage remains on the fabric for too long before drying, watermarks will develop. To prevent watermarks from forming, quickly get on your toes to dry the spillage as quickly as possible, by turning on the fan / air conditioner, opening up the windows, etc.

If watermarks have formed, then you can try to remove / lighten the stain by blotting the spot with a clean damp cloth that has been lightly moistened with mild detergent and warm water that is safe for your fabric material. Remove as many stains as possible by repeating this step till you cannot remove or lighten the stain. Rinse the soaped area thoroughly by blotting using a clean damp cloth. Immediately dry the damp spot using a fan or hair dryer.

2. Red Wine Stain

You may think you have damaged your expensive sofa when you spilled a glass of red wine on it. The good new is, red wine is not deadly if they are removed quickly after a spillage. Simply use layers of clean kitchen papers to absorb any excess spillage (never rub).

Next, pour a small amount of white wine onto a clean white cloth and use it to blot the stain till removed. If you are not satisfied with the result, apply a layer of soda paste on the stained spot and leave it to dry overnight. Vacuum thoroughly the next day.

3. Curry Stain

Turmeric in curry powder is the key culprit that can cause your soft furnishing to be permanently stained if curry gravy is spilled. If you do not remove the stain quickly when it is still fresh, the spot can become a permanent mark on your soft furnishing.

If spillage occurs, quickly remove any excess curry spillage by scrapping or dabbing using layers of kitchen paper to absorb the wet gravy. Blot the stain with a clean cloth that has been moistened with diluted white vinegar and a small amount of dishwashing detergent. Blot till you cannot remove or lighten the stain.

Rinse the spot by blotting the damp area with a clean damp cloth. Blot till the soap and vinegar are fully removed. If the stain is still visible, blot the spot with rubbing alcohol. After rinsing, make sure the damp spot is dried quickly.

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