6 Simple Ways To Safeguard Against Spills And Stains In The Home


Keeping your home clean, neat, and tidy is a constant battle for most homeowners. Whether you live alone, with friends, a partner or you have a family, your home’s interior is constantly under threat from spills and stains. However, a little care and a proactive approach can help you identify your house plants and to keep your furniture protected and help to minimise or even completely eliminate the damage from spillages at home.

While you could simply cover your armchairs and other furniture in plastic or use throws to keep different pieces protected, you will quickly ruin your interior decor and cheapen the appearance of your home’s interior this way. On the other hand, there are effective treatments and strategies that can be highly effective in keeping our furniture stain-free and looking pristine moving forward.

Let’s take a look at six simple ways that you can keep your fabric-covered furniture in near-perfect condition.

Protect Your Armchairs On Arrival

Many modern fabrics, such as microfibres, are designed to resist stains. Also, some furniture manufacturers apply a stain protector before the item leaves their facility. If you are buying new furniture, there’s no harm in giving your furniture extra protection when it arrives from the manufacturer. This applies especially to velvet, suede, linen, and other delicate fabrics.

First, choose whether you want to use a standard fabric protector or a “green” version that contains no silicones or fluorocarbons. The best protectors won’t allow a spill to even settle on the surface. You can either have these treatments applied professionally or do it yourself. If you choose the DIY route, simply, spray the protective solution on smoothly and quickly, taking care not to saturate the fabric for best results.

Hire Professionals To Clean Your Furniture 

A professional furniture cleaning will maintain the structure of the fabric covering your furniture and will also ensure that your furniture lasts longer. To get the best results possible, be sure to do this once a year and follow it with another application of fabric protector for extra protection and peace of mind.

Vacuum Your Furniture Regularly

During a typical week in your home, lots of dust, crumbs, pet hair, allergens, and general dirt tend to settle on the well-used parts of your furniture, especially seats and armrests. To keep your furniture stain-free, it’s essential to vacuum these areas thoroughly once a week. Ideally, you should always use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter as this will ensure the removal of dust, pollen, mould, bacteria, and any airborne particles.

Keep Your Armchairs Free Of Pet Hair 

If you have pets running around your home, it’s a good idea to carry out a quick clean of your armchairs and sofas once a day. A lint roller is great for this. Alternatively, you can try to use a rubber lint brush, a rubber comb, a pair of yellow latex gloves or a dry kitchen sponge to collect the pet hair and keep your furniture looking its best.

Covering Armrests Helps Protect Them

A common problem area for stains in many homes are armrests. One sure-fire way to prevent people from spoiling your armrests is to cover them. Custom-made armrest covers made with the same original fabric as your armchair or sofa are always the best choices. However, if this is not practical, you could use an off-the-shelf solution that provides a very close match for your upholstery.

Immediate Treatment Cures Soiling And Stains

If anyone spills beer, wine, juice, or any other liquid on your fabric, don’t panic! Instead, stay calm and take immediate action. Begin by using water as this is often the best solution. Next, pat the fabric dry gently or use a hairdryer on low heat. If this doesn’t do the trick, use a reputable fabric cleaner that is designed for the type of stain and the material that you are dealing with

Safeguard Your Furniture Against Spills And Stains Moving Forward

Keeping your home’s interior looking its very best can be an uphill battle for many homeowners. Homeowners can include plant shelves or terrariums into the space to add greenery but maintaining them is always a problem. However, following the tips outlined above, you can safeguard your furniture from spills and stains soil and ensure that your home always looks clean and well cared for.

William Eames
William Eames, with a background in industrial design brings over 18 years of experience in design and architecture. He joined our editorial team in 2019, offering insights into design trends and architectural innovations. Before this, William ran his design studio and lectured at various universities. His hobbies include photography and sustainable gardening, reflecting his commitment to aesthetics and the environment.

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