Be very careful when trying to remove a spot or stain from furniture or upholstery, though. Furnishings are often delicate and the fibers can be natural material, like cotton, linen or silk, and can be easily damaged. In addition to that, the colors can bleed or crock off with do-it-yourself furniture cleaning attempts.
But if you really must remove a spot from your favorite sofa or chair, be gentle. One thing you can do is use a baby wipe (yes, the same thing you use on the bottoms of your babies). CAREFULLY blot the spot with the baby wipe and the mild "cleaning agent" in the wipe just might do the trick. You can also use baby wipes on the edges of arms if you notice a little soil build-up.
One thing you do not want to do is apply too much cleaning product onto spots or stains. This should never be done. All kinds of permanent damage can occur. Do not rub or scrub any spot or stain. Blotting is safest.
All it takes is a little aggressive cleaning on your part to do some irreparable damage, and then you regret it. So be careful with your furniture and upholstery... you want it to last a long time.
Just a few friendly reminders from Jeff Cross, the executive editor of Cleanfax, the magazine and online authority for restoration contractors. Let me know if you have any questions. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org