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How do you remove water stains on upholstery?

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To remove water stains on upholstery, vacuum the upholstery, spray it with a mixture of distilled water and distilled vinegar, blot the stain and dry the area using a hair dryer. Vacuuming the upholstery before cleaning ensures that you do not create more stains.

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  1. Vacuum the upholstery

    Secure the upholstery cleaning attachment to your vacuum, and thoroughly vacuum the upholstery. Be sure to remove all dirt, pet hair and other debris. Leaving loose dirt on the seat can spread stains or create new stains during cleaning.

  2. Spray the upholstery with distilled water

    Pour a mixture of 2 cups of warm distilled water, and 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar into a clean spray bottle. Spray a discreet area and check for discoloration. Spray the stain directly, and immediately blot with a clean, white cloth. Fold the cloth so you have a clean area to work with each time. Start from outside of the stain, working your way in. Work gently and slowly for best results.

  3. Dry the upholstery

    Set a hair drier on a low setting. Hold the dryer 8 inches away from the stain, and dry the area. Be sure to dry the fabric completely, and avoid wetting the upholstery too heavily to prevent mildew infestation on the padding.

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