Upholstered Furniture Care: Cleaning and Stain Removal

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North Central Regional Publication
Originally published by the University of Nebraska, this publication has been adapted for regional distribution

Should you have your furniture professionally cleaned or can you do the job? This publication discusses general care and cleaning of various fabrics. It primarily addresses stain removal, stocking a "stain removal kit" and how various solvents work. A table of common stains, procedures that work on each and the order in which to use them help by treating stains with a variety of cleaning agents.

The final section on characteristics of various upholstery fabrics to consider when buying furniture may prevent lengthy cleaning procedures later.


  • Acids
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Ammonia
  • Blood
  • Butter
  • Candle wax
  • Catsup
  • Chewing gum
  • Chocolate
  • Cleaning agents
  • Coffee
  • Cologne
  • Cosmetics
  • Crayon
  • Dyes
  • Fingernail polish
  • Food coloring
  • Fruit juices
  • Furniture care
  • Furniture cleaning
  • Furniture polish
  • Gravy
  • Ice cream
  • Ink
  • Lipstick
  • Liquor
  • Mustard
  • Ointment
  • Paint
  • Pencil
  • Rubber cement
  • Salad dressing
  • Shoe polish
  • Soft drinks
  • Soot tar
  • Tea
  • Urine
  • Varnish
  • Vomit
  • Wine


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