It was a day to celebrate, not just the crisp sweetness that is ice cream, but the edible mechanism that simplifies and adds flavor to your indulgence – the ice cream cone!

We all know that, even with the use of a cone, eating ice cream can still get messy. And if you’re eating it at home, you run the risk of getting ice cream on your furniture. So what do you do when your living room furniture gets stained?

Whether you own upholstered, leather or faux leather furniture we’ll explain how to remove surface stains and keep your living room looking beautiful.

Let’s start with upholstery

There are plenty of products available that are specifically designed for upholstered fabric as well as products that may be laying around your home. Laundry detergent, dish soap, white vinegar and even baby wipes are all ideal for spot-cleaning furniture.

  1. You’ll want to test any product in an inconspicuous area to make sure it doesn’t damage the fabric – this goes for home-remedies as well.
  2. You can vacuum away any excess grime to give the cleaning product a better chance to target the stain.
  3. Apply the product to a microfiber cloth and gently wipe the stain until it diminishes.
  4. Allow the area to dry naturally or use a hairdryer as a quicker alternative. However, make sure the setting is on low.

It’s important not to oversaturate the stain. When you begin to clean, use a small amount of cleaning product and gradually add more if you need it.

Moving on to leather

Unlike upholstery, a stain on leather fabric should be blotted rather than wiped clean. Wiping a stain on leather fabric will allow the stain to seep through and eventually cause discoloration.

Simply dampen a cloth with water and carefully dab at the stain.

If you’ve stained your leather furniture with a liquid more trying than ice cream (like red wine, coffee, or dark soda), try using a specialized leather cleaner and follow the directions on the label.

It’s also important to perform routine maintenance on leather to keep it in prime condition. Keep leather sofas, loveseats and chairs out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources. You may also use a leather conditioner or preservative to help your furniture keep its sheen.

What about faux leather?

Faux leather furniture offers the beauty of genuine leather without the added maintenance, and when it comes to cleaning up stains, faux leather is a bit of a hybrid between its authentic cousin and upholstery fabric. Since many faux leather fabrics are composed of man-made materials and leather properties, the fabric can be treated like leather, upholstery or both!

Products that can be used on faux leather include leather cleaning cloths, white vinegar, upholstery cleaner and mild detergent.

Feel free to either blot or gently wipe the stain using a microfiber cloth and let the spot dry naturally once it’s cleaned up.

As with leather and upholstery, it’s important to sample your cleaning products on an inconspicuous section of your furniture before using it, and it’s also important not to oversaturate the stain.

No matter the type of fabric you own, and even if you have spilled your ice cream, there are plenty of ways to rid your furniture of stains.

Do you use another spot-cleaning method on your furniture that we didn’t mention here? Let us know by commenting below!