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How To Remove Cat Poop From A Mattress

August 17, 2016

Q: How can I remove cat poop from a mattress? A: I’m guessing the discoloration from the cat poop leaked through the sheets onto the mattress, but if not (maybe your cat got on your mattress while you were cleaning the mattress cover) and you have dried solids on the mattress,… Read More

How To Remove Rust Stains?

April 21, 2016

Q: My husband recently had knee surgery and we have a CPM machine on our fabric couch, which moves his knee for him. We happened to move the machine today and noticed that two screws have put rust all along the upholstery.  How can we remove the rust without ruining… Read More

How do I get mold off of cloth couches?

December 1, 2015

Q: How do I get mold off of cloth couches? A lot of mold?   A: Can you tell me a little bit more about the furniture?  If it is outdoor furniture covered with fabric that is colorfast to bleach (Sunbrella is one example) then there’s actually a good chance… Read More

Removing Unknown Stain From Upholstery

April 8, 2015

Q: Please recommend best method for removing unknown stain from dining room chair upholstery A: I wish I knew a little more about the stain. Is it older, or did it just appear this week?  Did it soak in or does it look like it’s on the surface of the… Read More

How do I remove lipstick from my sofa?

February 10, 2015

Q: How do I remove lipstick from my sofa? A: The technique I recommend for removing lipstick from a garment will only work on your sofa as long as the lipstick stain is on a cushion cover that can be removed. It is also necessary that the fabric be machine… Read More

Washing Comforters

August 26, 2013

How do I bleach my white comforter? First, it’s best to wash your comforter in a front loading washing machine since it’s large and bulky. If you don’t have one, laundromats have front loading washers and also have large capacity dryers, which can make it easier to tumble dry… Read More

Removing Vomit

November 5, 2012

My son’s sheets were the unfortunate victim of the stomach flu. How can I remove the vomit? Sorry to hear about your son! I hope he gets better quickly. As for the sheets, you will want to get vomit stains out as soon as possible! Immediately scrape off the excess,… Read More

Mold on Patio Cushions

May 14, 2012

Q: How do I get mold out of outdoor patio cushions? A: There are different treatment options depending on the type of fabric the cushions are made of (polyester, cotton, etc.) and brand. If they are made by Sunbrella®, there is great cleaning information on their website, which you can… Read More

Gum Stain on Leather

April 6, 2012

Q:  How can I get gum out of a leather sofa?A:  The most effective way to remove gum from just about anything is to use ice cubes to freeze the gum, and then gently scrape away the hardened chunks with a dull knife.  Just put the ice directly onto the… Read More

Mildew on Outdoor Furniture

November 7, 2011

Q:  What should I use to clean mildew from the cushions on our porch chaise lounge. The cushions are made of heavy duty cloth.A:  I can recommend a bleach solution, but in addition to removing the mildew it could also alter the color of the cushions depending on the fabric. … Read More

Cleaning Micro suede Furniture

May 13, 2010

Q. I am renting a furnished house. It has off-white colored micro suede chairs and a sofa. These are getting a dingy look from everyday wear. I know they are not supposed to get wet to avoid water stains, but is there a way to clean them? I was thinking… Read More

Bleaching Lamp Shades

December 4, 2008

Q. I have noticed some mildew on an off-white lamp shade. How do I remove it? A. Mildew loves to grow in damp and warm places, and needs to be removed from your immediate environment. This one is a little difficult to answer without some more information. The approach will… Read More