So I am often asked by people how to get spots out of upholstered fabric.

This how I handle it when it happens in my home, because let’s face it – I’m not going to run and unload all my equipment and hook everything up to clean every spot.

First of all, forget all those carpet spotters.  I have seen Resolve cause more problems than it fixes.

What you need is the following:  your dish soap from your kitchen sink (but it’s very important you don’t have the ones that contain bleach, which is why I don’t buy those kinds.). Then a clean washcloth, and run your sink water until it is not.

So here’s a recent example from my place (Second photo). A mystery stain on my couch.  maybe it is dried blood?  No idea.

So I get my clean washcloth and in one corner of it, I put a drop (just one small drop!) of the dish detergent. Then I moisten that corner of the washing with the hot water.

I apply that directly to the spot and scrub, not fast, but firm enough, going in the direction of the fabric weave.  I do that until I start to see the spot disappear, and I have a nice white soapy lather.

Next step:  (see second photo) Getting the soap you just put in, out.  Take my rag back to the sink, and rinse it out with hot water.  Go back to the couch and gently scrub again, this time your goal being to remove the soap.  Repeat process until you don’t get

Then you just leave it be.  You will see my result in the after picture later that day.  Spot is GONE, but you will notice a water mark that wasn’t there before.  It’s a mineral line from the water… Distiller water will take that right out (but that will be another post).

Even though I do my own spotting like above when I have to, I do professionally clean my couch every year.  It’s just common sense to have something you sit on that much thoroughly cleaned out regularly.   Otherwise it’s like not washing your bed sheets.  Yuck.

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