Cleaning Water Damaged Upholstery
You wouldn’t think that water would leave a stain, but it does. Water stains are used routinely to determine that a home or business has a water problem, and water can have a lasting impact on upholstery, not only leaving stains but also resulting in musty smells that are generally unpleasant. Fortunately, if the water damage isn’t too severe, then you should be able to salvage your upholstered items with little or no lasting effect.
First off, dampen the affected area with a clean, damp cloth. I know it sounds strange to use a damp cloth on a water stain, but follow me on this one. Use three or four or five paper towels, whatever is needed, and place them on top of the damp area. Use something heavy to hold them down. You can then use a hair dryer set on the coolest setting to allow the moisture to transfer from the affected area into the paper towels.
You can also use an iron successfully to for upholstery cleaning, using the steam from the iron to blast away at the stain, drying it without lasting marks. Just make sure you’re spraying only steam in order to prevent any additional water stains. Repeat the steam blasts as necessary to take care of all of the stain problems.
You may also use vinegar to clean water stains from your upholstery. Spray a generous amount of vinegar on the stain and allow it to sit for several minutes; then wipe up with a dry paper towel. If you do not get the desired effect the first time, then repeat until you do. Ammonia may also be utilized, mixed with a half gallon of warm water and then applied with a spray bottle. This time don’t dab it up; instead, allow it to air dry for best effect. If at first you don’t succeed, wash, rinse, repeat.
If the stain is unusually stubborn, use some borax. Scrub it into the stained area with a soft, clean cloth. Allow to dry and then vacuum it up using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner.
Keep in mind that sometimes the best efforts aren’t good enough, and the stain will simply refuse to come out. When that happens, professional treatment may be required, and this is encouraged, especially if the item in question has some sentimental or monetary value attached to it.
Professional upholstery cleaning services will be able to properly treat the product and remove the stain without causing further damage to the piece. Again, if the item has a monetary or sentimental value, this is the course you should take.