It’s the epitome of the Hampton’s home-lovers worst nightmare: sumptuous cream lounge arrives fresh from the furniture store, only to be tarnished with a streak/smear/drop of <insert your most horrifying stain here>. Whether the cat’s vomited, the kids brandished a sneaky chocolate-smeared finger, or a guest got a bit too happy with their glass of shiraz, there’s just no getting around it: stains are a part of life.
So when the inevitable does happen, what do you do? For starters, attend to the stain as quick as possible. Don’t leave it a moment longer than you need to as time is of the essence; the sooner you attempt to get rid of it, the more likelier you are to have a better overall removal result.
Here are our top tips for removing stains from your Hamptons lounge, based on what the offending stain is!
Prevention is key
Ok so before we get into the nitty gritty of lounge stain removal, it really pays to consider prevention over removal.
Consider lounge covers
Following your lounge colour selection, if you know things could get messy in your home, consider custom-made lounge covers that are removable and machine washable. Then when you have special guests coming over, whip them off and voila: brand new lounge underneath.
Fabric protection, like Scotch-guarding, is a really vital element in stain prevention. While it’s no silver bullet, it will really help repel any nasties that come into contact with your lounge and make clean up a lot easier (and any long-term staining much less visible).
Fabric protection provides a protective shield around the fibres of your lounge, enabling it to deflect dirt, liquids and dust, buying you extra time while you rush for a cloth to clean up spills before they soak in. It also helps prevent fading by the sun and makes vacuuming more effective.
Definitely a service worth investing in to protect your beautiful Hampton’s lounge in the long-term.
Now onto the offending stains and their antidote…
Reach for the white vinegar and baking soda and make a paste post-haste, then apply over the area. Leave for a few minutes to absorb the wine, then blot away any residue with a damp cloth.
Repeat until the red wine stain on your lounge is gone. And remember: prevention is the best method here so having a good quality fabric protection applied is going to save you a lot of stress – and mess!
For sticky chocolate stains on your Hamptons lounge, grab a blunt knife or spoon and scrape away as much chocolate as possible. Then, mix one tablespoon of dishwashing detergent with two cups of cold water. Working from the outside of the stain to the centre, sponge the solution with a clean white cloth.
For that unsightly ink stain: blot with rubbing alcohol, then a solution made from equal parts glycerine soap, dishwashing liquid and water until the stain has faded completely. If the soap solution hasn’t completely lifted the stain, add 2-3 drops of ammonia to give it a boost before dabbing with fresh clean water to rinse and drying with a clean white towel followed by air-drying.
Of course, if you’re unsure about any stain – always give the professionals a call!
And for elegant Hampton’s lounge inspiration peruse our website to admire our stunning (stain free!) range.