Top 8 Hardest Stains to Remove on Furniture

Are you considering furniture removal? Whether you decide to donate, sell or remove your furniture altogether because of stains, you might want to try removing them after all. You know, only because you donate an item, doesn’t mean you can drop them off as unsightly as they are. In fact, chances are, your donation would be dumped because of the left stains. And, if you put your old furniture at the curb for furniture removal, it might be embarrassing. Everyone can see your completely stained furniture and you know how much neighbours love to gossip.

1. Grease

Putting down your doughnut on the sofa is obviously not a good idea. Neither is it recommendable to enjoy some greasy chicken wings on it. It might be the perfect cozy area to indulge in some soul food as you binge-watch your favorite shows. But grease drips out of its box far too easily. You don’t need the furniture removers to see you have a habit of spilling greasy food everywhere. Treat it with chalk and let it dry from the outside before the spot grows dark and attracts bugs. You could also avoid furniture removal with this trick.


2. Red wine

Did you have a friend over and enjoyed a glass of wine together? Great, nothing beats a good chat with a yearlong friend. If only one of you hadn’t been so clumsy. Of a sudden, your lovely white sofa got some of the red wine, too! Not everyone needs to know you love to enjoy some good red wine. Treat it with some white vinegar and consider red wine stains a thing from the past. 

3. Blood

One should certainly hardly ever come across blood stains on upholstery. You can remove blood stains rather easily from most smooth surfaces that are not made of fabric. But it’s a different story with upholstery furniture. As long as it’s a light fabric, you can use hydrogen peroxide and forget it’s ever been there. Even if you only cut your finger or tend to nose bleeds, during a furniture removal people feel quickly reminded of a crime scene.


4. Coffee

Oh dear, who doesn’t love to enjoy a nice cup of coffee on the sofa. But before you know it, your cat jumps onto your lap and whacks your cup out of your hand. So much to a nice coffee in a moment of silence. Before you consider dumping your sofa because of all the coffee stains, treat them with baking soda. Unless your sofa is of a dark colour, the stain will show eventually and leave behind weird spots everyone will notice. 

5. Ink

It’s great to have a child that loves doing their homework. Since you’re happy with how diligent they are, you’ve never considered asking your child to do them at their desk. As much adorable as they are, your little ones are clumsy and especially prone to leak. And on one sunny day, it has to happen while your child is doing homework on your sofa. Oops. Before you get in a rage and consider a furniture removal, try to dab it with milk. Alternatively, spray the ink stain with hairspray until it’s well saturated. Put a clean cloth on top of it and soak it. Feel free to repeat this step as long as necessary until the ink stain has disappeared. 

6. Permanent Markers

Again, your child has been playing on the sofa and had some permanent markers. Or it was drawing some beautiful pictures. If only it was able to keep drawing on the sheets of paper you provided. Or has your child been extra creative and meant to give your sofa a new pattern? Fret not, furniture removal is not required – yet. Although permanent markers are meant to be permanent, most are actually not as permanent as they are claimed to be. Get your hands on an eraser pen or an eraser sponge that’s specifically designed to remove permanent markers, such as on whiteboards. Gently treat the stains with such an eraser. It should at least be able to faint the stain.

Permanent Markers

7. Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is probably as bad on upholstery furniture like coffee or red wine. Or has the chocolate bar melted during hot summer temperatures when you forgot it in your favorite armchair? Truth is, albeit you know it’s chocolate, those stains resemble something else much less attractive (you can guess). You don’t want anyone to think your pet did a number 2 onto your armchair during the furniture removal, do you? You might be able to cover it up with a blanket if you have a friend over. But chances are, it will be discovered eventually. Right, here’s what you do: take a smooth toothbrush and gently treat it with simple stain-removing detergent. Then you put a cloth soaked in hot water on top of it. Should that not work, you can also give hydrogen peroxide a go if it’s a light fabric.

8. Water stains on wood

Unfortunately, wood furniture is impervious to the wear and tear of daily life. One hardly ever thinks about it to remove water stains from wooden furniture immediately. It should have a coating, right? And wood will never show stains – you think. The contrary is the case. How quickly water stains appear on your furniture depends on how old the coating is. Untreated wood certainly is most beautiful, but also the most sensible. Water stains appear as clouds or light coloured rings on wood. 

As long as the stain is light in colour, you can still save it. It signals that the water is hasn’t made it through to the wood yet. Take an iron and set it on the lowest setting. Place a T-shirt or a cotton towel on top of the stain and briefly iron the spot. Repeat this step until the stain has disappeared and your wooden furniture is as good as new. Should you find an old piece after a furniture removal from someone’s home, you can apply this trick, too!