The Most Common Stains on Upholstered Furniture and How to Clean Them at Home

The Most Common Stains on Upholstered Furniture and How to Clean Them at Home

At BgPrane, we have made it our mission to fight stubborn stains on your furniture. The most common stains on your furniture come from wine or children playing outside. We all constantly battle this tough opponent. To help you win the fight fully prepared, we have listed the most commonly encountered stains and how to remove them from your furniture. Stains can form anywhere, but when they appear on your soft furniture, it’s especially important to take care of them. Therefore, we’ve selected tips on the best way to get rid of the most common types of stains so that your sofa looks new again… without having to call in professionals… at least for now.

Pre-cleaning stains from furniture

Here are a few tips before you start the cleaning process:

• Read the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions.

• They contain important information that can help you remove the stain without having to look for additional protective measures.

• Not following them may potentially void warranties and damage your furniture instead of cleaning it.

• Check the labels.

• Reading the labels on your furniture can simplify the process by answering questions about what detergent to use and in what doses, such as whether the material is water-soluble.

Vacuum cleaner

Before you start cleaning, vacuum with a vacuum cleaner. This will remove any remaining dirt from previous spills and messes, preventing them from sinking into the fabric when you clean it.


If you can’t find instructions or are unsure which cleaning method is suitable for the stain, choose a hidden area to test it and adjust the method if necessary.

Red wine

Parties or relaxing evenings at home sometimes lead to the dreaded wine stains on carpets or furniture. When this happens, try not to panic. Quickly follow these steps on how to remove the wine stain from your furniture and return to enjoying the evening.

• Wipe the area with a clean, dry cloth or towel to collect the remaining liquid.

• Do not rub.

• Pour a small amount of sparkling water directly onto the stain.

• Dry with a cloth. Repeat as needed.

Mix ¼ cup of baking soda with ⅛ cup of water to create a homogeneous mixture. Apply the mixture to the stain and let it sit for several hours until it dries completely. Clean it with a vacuum cleaner.


Consuming greasy food can be harmful not only to the body but also to your furniture. Greasy hands can leave permanent stains if you don’t know how to remove the stain from your furniture.

If you happen to get a grease stain on your new sofa, you can clean it quickly and easily with these steps. Keep in mind that there are several different ways to remove grease stains from furniture, so explore all of them to see which one works best for your item.

·   Sprinkle the spot with cornstarch or baking soda and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. This helps to remove the grease.

·   Vacuum the spot using the upholstery attachment.

·   Use a small amount of dish soap and clean the spot with soft items like a toothbrush.

·   Wipe it with a damp paper towel.

Ink stains

Ink stains may seem minor compared to a large red wine stain, but they can slowly turn your furniture into a work of art that no one would want to sit on. Whether the kids have drawn on the chair cushions in the dining room or your pen has leaked ink on the sofa, keep your furniture looking new with these instructions.

·   Mix a solution of one tablespoon white vinegar and ⅔ cup rubbing alcohol.

·   Dip a clean cloth or rag into the solution and blot the stain.

·   Caution! Do not rub the stain, as it will only spread it further.

Mud and Street Dirt

No matter what you do, mud and dirt can enter your home throughout the year. The goal is to keep dirt away from the furniture, but it doesn’t always happen the way we want it to, especially if you have children, pets, and guests. Prevent this challenge by removing stains from your furniture with these tips.

·   Let the mud dry.

·   Brush off the remaining dirt and vacuum all loose particles.

·   Mix a solution of two cups of water and one tablespoon of dishwashing detergent.

·   Apply the solution to the stain using a sponge.

·   Dry with a cloth.

·   Repeat if necessary.

Beer and Coffee

Two of the favorite beverages for most adults are beer and coffee. We all enjoy them (in moderation), but they can leave nasty stains on your sofa. This shouldn’t be a reason to give them up. Simply use these instructions to remove stains from your furniture.

·   For beer stains, rub the stain with an ice cube.

·   Mix a small amount of liquid cleaner (one teaspoon should be enough) with warm water.

·   Wipe the stain with this solution using a paper towel.

·   Coffee stains can be removed in the same way, but you can skip the ice cube step and go straight to the cleaning solution.

Pet Stains

Our four-legged friends bring so much joy to our homes, but they also bring messes. Don’t succumb to their manipulation and cute eyes because the stains they leave behind can turn your home into a big, smelly breeding ground for bacteria. Keep your home fresh and clean by following these steps to remove stains from your furniture.

·   Mix a solution of one cup of white vinegar and one cup of cool water.

·   Spray the solution on the stain (be careful not to soak the area too much).

·   Use a clean cloth or rag to blot the stain.

·   Rub from the outer edges of the stain toward the center.

In conclusion

These tips will help anyone easily remove various types of stains from their upholstered furniture. If for some reason you find it difficult to use these methods or if you don’t have much time to take advantage of them, then there is no need to worry, as you can easily hire the services of BgPrane for removing these stains and dirt from upholstery.

With these tips, you can win the battle against stubborn stains. From now on, you can enjoy your daily life, knowing that life’s messes, dirt, and stains have no place in your home.

Why choose professional upholstery cleaning from BgPrane?

At BgPrane, we rely on established traditions in upholstery cleaning and innovation. Under our motto “Live Clean,” we combine the desires of our clients with our skills and professionalism to achieve impeccable results in our work.

Contact details:

2 Georgi Belov Str., P.C. 1712 Sofia



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