Unfortunately, there is no way you can prevent stains on your sofa especially if you have children or pets using the upholsteries. So the main lesson should be how to maintain your upholstery to last longer and stay beautiful like new.
- Avoid letting your pets or children play on fabric sofa if they are not toilet trained. Urine is some of the most difficult stains to remove because of its acidity which can be absorbed by the fabric very quickly.
- Minimise risky acts e.g. eating, drinking, writing, applying nail polish, etc, that may cause stain near your upholsteries. Children love sitting on sofa to eat and drink which almost guarantee to cause spillage.
- Avoid placing your sofa sets near direct sun as strong sun light will cause the upholstery colour to fade. You may wish to rotate the cushions and pillows on your sofa set frequently to spread sun exposure evenly.
- When spillage occurs, immediately attend to the stains to increase the chance of total stain removal. The longer the stain remains on the upholsteries, the more difficult it will be to remove it. Always blot the stains from the outer edge towards the centre of the stain until stain is removed with a clean piece of damp white cotton or micro fibre cloth. NEVER rub or scrub the stain as you will end up spreading the stain or damaging the fabric. For more info on how to remove stain, you may visit our published article for recommended steps: How to remove stain on sofa fabric
- Never soak the area with cleaning solution as you may risk damaging the upholstery and spreading the stain. If you need to use a cleaning solution, make lots of foam from mild dish washing or laundry detergent, and use the foam to blot the stains.
- Always contact a trusted professional sofa cleaning company immediately when staining take place to increase the chance of removing the stain. Be extra cautious when using sofa cleaning solution sold in DIY hardware store as some of these chemicals may cause more permanent damage to the fabric if not used properly.