Thanksgiving is Done but What About Your Upholstery

December 01, 2014

stain on light colored fabricThe turkey, the potatoes, the cranberry, oh my! Have you had your fill of sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie for the year? If so, then you and your furniture have something in common. Take a look around your living room, dining room and beyond. Did your cousin Jack bring in some dirt and mud onto your beautiful carpets after playing a game of Football? Perhaps your mother-in-law dropped cheese dip on your favorite lounge chair. No matter – it can all be fixed with the right amount of attention and strategy. We’re here to show you how!

Order a Side of Patience With Your Turkey Sandwich, Please

Now that Thanksgiving is over and done with, where does the cleaning begin? Start with a little bit of patience and take it spot by unwanted spot. Then, apply our following formula to achieve a ‘looks-like-brand-new upholstery’ just in time for the Christmas madness to begin!

Everyone loves a good old turkey sandwich the day after Thanksgiving, right? Put some leftover turkey, stuffing, and cranberry in there – presto! You have a sandwich that rocks! Now it’s time to add a side order of patience to tackle those tough wine, cranberry and soda spills that have stained your furniture. 

Thanksgiving Dinner on Your Couch – Blot It and Bid Farwell for Good!

Begin to clean upholstery the smart way – as quickly and swiftly as possible! The longer the spill sits, the longer it sets into the fabric’s fibers. Accidents will happen, especially in a busy household during the holidays. It’s not your job to clean up each spill as it happens (because you are the life of the party, after all!) Just begin to address the problem as soon as possible.

For example, if you’re dealing with an overnight stain on your couch, start by vacuuming the area thoroughly – at least until you can’t see any crumbs, dirt or pet hair. Be sure to reach all of the cracks and crevices of your couch by using a vacuum attachment to get those hard-to-reach corners food or drink may have seeped into. 

Next, you’ll want to combine a bowl (quart) of warm water, ¼ cup of white vinegar and two teaspoons of liquid dish soap. Mix well, and dampen a clean, dry towel with the mixture. Apply to the affected couch, chair or other fabric furniture by blotting gently. This is the most important step to removing day old stains—never wipe or scrub as it will only spread the stain and make it harder to remove.  Blotting takes more patience, because it takes more time – but in order to remove the stains, this is a fool proof way to getting artifacts of a Thanksgiving feast out of your home! Until next year, that is…

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