Accidents on Upholstery

If it can be sipped, carried, worn or stepped on, you can bet eventually everything from grease to chewing gum will end up as a spot or stain on you upholstered furniture. Although delicate fabrics including silk and wool should be cleaned by a professional, most spots and stains on cotton and mixed fabrics can be treated or removed. The following are some of the most common accidents which occur on upholstered furniture and some suggested remedies.

Alcoholic Beverages can be treated by blotting up the liquid, and then sponging with a solution of detergent and white vinegar mixed with a quart of warm water. Allow to dry and repeat if necessary. Finish by brushing.

Blood can be treated by soaking the spot with hydrogen peroxide, or by spreading a starch paste on the stain. Allow to dry and remove. A solution of borax and warm water is effective on delicate fabrics such as silk.

Candy can be treated by sponging with warm water. Allow to dry and rub the spot with cleaning fluid until stain disappears.

Chewing Gum can be removed by sponging withy carbon tetrachloride or benzine. Remove with a knife. Repeat until all gum is removed.

Coffee can be treated by sponging with carbon tetrachloride or cold water. Rub with the nap and allow to dry. Brush to bring up the nap of the fabric.

Grease and Lipstick can be removed by spreading cornmeal or chalk on the spot and then applying cleaning fluid. Allow the area to dry and brush off residue. You can also try sponging the stain with carbon tetrachloride and rubbing with the nap.

Ink can be treated by rubbing the spot with a paste of talcum powder and water. Remove and allow to dry. Ink can also be treated with a solution of five percent vinegar and twenty percent oxalic acid. Sponge on and allow to dry. When dry, brush with the nap of the fabric.

Ice Cream stains can be removed by first sponging with carbon tetrachloride, and then sponging with cold water. Allow to dry thoroughly.

Mildew can be removed by rubbing with a cloth saturated with warm soapy water. Rinse with a cloth dipped in clean cold water.

Paint and oil stains can be removed by sponging with carbon tetrachloride. Always rub with the nap and allow to dry. Finish by brushing.

Rust stains can be removed by rubbing with a cloth or sponge soaked in hot water or ten percent oxalic acid solution. Rub with the nap and allow to thoroughly dry. When dry brush with the nap.

Shoe Polish can be removed by rubbing with carbon tetrachloride.

Tar can be removed by scaping with a knife and then rubbing with carbon tetrachloride. Let dry and repeat until stain disappears.

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