Just some tips for cleaning upholstery as it’s something that I do often and I’m sure a lot of you other moms do as well!
Remove Grease Stains
If your pure plaid fabric is dotted with grease stains such as (butter, gravy, oil), do not rub it as this may worsen the damage. Sprinkle talcum powder instead and brush vigorously. The excess fat will become coated with talc. You can try this solution over other natural composition of fabrics (linen, cotton …) or use spot blotting paper heated with an iron to do it as well. When heated, the fat will adhere to the blotter. The dirt residue can be removed with soap or dish washing detergent mixed with warm water for added strength.
Restore Whiteness to Your Fabric
The fabric that becomes yellowed with time will regain its whiteness if you add a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide to your rinse water (can be purchased in any pharmacy). A small tip: Hang your laundry outdoors on a full moon day. Most people don’t know that the moon has a bleaching effect stronger than the sun. Be careful though, too long and it can alter the color too much.
The curtains and fabric can get traces of mold if there is moisture in the house. To remedy this, consider adding a little ammonia in your rinse water. Regarding musty smell, it will eliminate this if you pre wash your linens in milk or in a mixture of water and boiled milk. Also remember to add a few drops of essential oils of lavender or rosemary and white vinegar during the time in the machine. This can replace an industrial softener believe it or not.
Test the Stain Remover
Do not start cleaning until after testing the stain remover on a little place on the rear of the chair or cushion for example. To do this, use a cloth or a cotton swab on the dampened stain. If you notice bleeding of colors, shrinking, glossing, or loss of holding the fabric, then change removers, or entrust the cleaning of the chair to a professional.
Hire a Professional
When all else fails don’t be afraid to hire a professional. There are a lot of great upholstery cleaning companies, for example this one lkncarpet.com/upholstery-cleaning/. A trained professional can get out stains that aren’t possible to on your own, and make your furniture last a lot longer. If you ask me it’s totally worth it in the long run.