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4 Hardest Upholstery Stains to Remove

Aug 8, 2023 | Upholstery

4 Hardest Upholstery Stains to Remove

Cleaning upholstery can pose a challenge for homeowners, especially when stubborn stains are involved. DIY methods can sometimes worsen the stains and cause damage to your furniture. If you’re struggling to remove a persistent stain from your sofa, armchair, or loveseat, it’s advisable to seek the assistance of a skilled upholstery cleaning professional. They possess the expertise to revitalize the appearance of your furnishings and eliminate any unsightly blemishes. This holds particularly true when dealing with these four common, hard-to-remove stains.


Chocolate stains, especially melted chocolate or hot cocoa, can be a major issue on upholstery. The dark color of chocolate can easily show up on lighter fabrics, and the combination of protein, fat, and sugar in chocolate can make it difficult to remove with water alone. However, Chem-Dry has a range of stain removal products that can effectively lift away chocolate stains. Enjoy your treats without worrying about making a mess on your couch, and know if you do, just call Chem-Dry of Santa Cruz County.


If you have children who tend to get scrapes and bruises, or if you’re accident-prone yourself, dealing with blood stains on your upholstery might be a common occurrence. Removing blood stains can be challenging due to the protein content and vibrant color. However, our skilled team specializes in effectively tackling this type of stain. You can focus on taking care of the injury while we handle the stain with expertise.

Tomato Sauce

Removing tomato sauce stains can be quite a challenge due to the vibrant red color and the presence of oil or grease. However, don’t let the fear of spills stop you or your kids from savoring your favorite Italian dishes. If you happen to have a tomato sauce mishap on your upholstery, rest assured that our team is here to assist you.Red Wine

Red wine is well-known for causing stains. If you enjoy a glass of wine at home or host dinner parties, you don’t have to worry about red wine spilling and leaving a stain on your furniture or upholstery. Chem-Dry of Santa Cruz County has years of experience helping homeowners remove red wine stains from their chairs and other upholstery. And no, contrary to popular belief we don’t just pour white wine on the stain. Our specialty cleaning solution breaks down and removes the stain at the source to remove it for good.

Avoid Further Damage By Calling Our Upholstery Cleaning Team

When a stain occurs on your upholstery, it can be tempting to try and remove it yourself by rubbing, scrubbing, or using a variety of cleaning products. However, this can often do more harm than good. Rubbing a stained area can actually push the pigment deeper into the fibers, making the stain more difficult to remove. Using the wrong product or method can also degrade the fabric and make the stain worse. Instead of trying to remove the stain yourself, it is best to leave it in the hands of our experts. We have the knowledge and experience to safely and effectively remove stains from various types of fabrics.

In addition to professional stain removal, we also offer upholstery protectant services. This proactive approach creates a protective barrier around the fibers of your upholstery, giving you more time to absorb any spills before they can cause a stain. Chem-Dry of Santa Cruz County offers upholstery cleaning in Santa Cruz and other surrounding areas like Scotts Valley and more.

Leave upholstery stains to the experts at Chem-Dry of Santa Cruz County! Call (831) 688-4858 today to speak to a stain removal expert in Santa Cruz.

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