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Question DetailsAsked on 9/21/2011

How do you get set in stains out of fabric covered sofas? I believe that it is a natural material.

I tried everything from steam to organic.

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It's possible--maybe even probable--the stains are permanent. Natural fibers are more absorbent than their synthetic counterparts. Unfortunately that means cotton, wool and silk will "accept" intruding dyes and discoloration from food and drink spills and body oils, whereas polyester and olefin repel them.

So in essence a cotton fiber, for example, will literally become a new color when introduced to foreign material like spilled coffee. A synthetic fiber will merely host the material. The synthetic fiber does not change color. Its color is only obscured by the offending spot until it is extracted by cleaning.

Your best bet would be to contact a professional. Most will charge $60 to $100 to clean a sofa depending on its size and their prices. Angie's List is a great place to find a reputable company. Or, if you'd like, feel free to call me and I can steer you in the right direction by giving you some tips on how to find a worthy pro. You can get my contact information by clicking here.

Answered 9 years ago by Accuclean

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