Learn 5 tried-and-true DIY methods to remove water stains from upholstery
If you’ve spilled some water on your upholstery, then you are no stranger to water stains. These stains exist because of the minerals in water that dry out. If you have spilled hard water, its stains will be more stubborn than soft water. Read more here about the five proven ways to remove water stains from your upholstery.
Dab With A Paper Towel
- Water stains can often be removed by yourself, and there will be no need to call a professional cleaning service. Take a paper towel or if you have a clean microfibre cloth. Use it to gently dab on the water spot.
Take care not to rub the paper towel on the water spot. Rubbing will increase the stained area and allow the water to penetrate deeper into the fibers of the fabric. If you acted quickly and dabbed enough times, you will be glad to know that the chances of a watermark being left behind are now minimal.
Use A White Vinegar Solution
- If dabbing with a paper towel did not solve your problem, then try this method. First, vacuum the affected area to remove any dust particles. Next, take a bowl of lukewarm water and add a few tablespoons of white vinegar to it.
Take a clean cloth and use it to dab the water spot. You should start dabbing from the outer ring and slowly move inwards. After dabbing it enough times, take another clean cloth and dampen it with the solution. Now use this cloth to dab the water stain spot on your upholstery. Leave this cloth on the stain spot for about 15 minutes.
- Next, take a clean cloth and dampen it with warm water. Use it to dab the water stain spot. Repeat this process until the water stain spot disappears. Once it does, use a hairdryer to dry out your upholstery.
Add Some Salt
- You may have witnessed that during humid periods powdered salt becomes lumpy. Simply add some salt to the affected area of your upholstery and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Afterward, vacuum it clean.
If the water stain is still there, you may want to repeat this process at least once before moving ahead to the next method. Regular upholstery maintenance and cleaning are essential for it to last longer and look as good as new.
Use Laundry Detergent
- This is one of the least preferred methods because it causes a color change on your upholstery. This method consumes the most time because you will have to apply it on your entire upholstery and not just the water stain spot.
Take lukewarm water in a bowl and mix some detergent in it. Damp a clean cloth with this solution. Don’t overwet the cloth and your upholstery, as it will make it harder to dry afterward. Gently wipe your upholstery with this cloth.
- You might see the color change of your upholstery which is perfectly normal. Next, take a cloth damped with lukewarm water and gently wipe your upholstery with it. Use a hairdryer to dry out any moisture from your upholstery.
Use A Glass Cleaner
- In this method, take a glass cleaner spray bottle and spray some directly on the water stain spot. Leave it for a few minutes to allow it to soak up the glass cleaner. Next, take a clean cloth and gently dab at the water stain spot.
Take some lukewarm water and spray it on the water stain spot. Gently dab it with a clean cloth. Repeat this process a couple of times until you see improved results. Use a hairdryer to help dry out your upholstery.
- If you tried all of the above methods and none seemed to work, it is best to call in the professionals. We at Love Your Carpet, are a highly experienced and qualified team of carpet cleaning professionals who can help you with your stain removal needs. We have been working in Las Vegas since 1996 and have a lot of happy clients. Call us today at 702-898-6070 for a free quote.