The Four Toughest Upholstery Stains

Jun 13, 2023 | Upholstery Cleaning

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Upholstery cleaning can be a daunting task for homeowners, especially when stains are involved. DIY methods may seem like a good way to save money, but they can often make stains worse and damage furniture. If you are struggling to remove a stubborn stain from your sofa, armchair, or loveseat, it is best to call a professional upholstery cleaner. They use specialized equipment and cleaning solutions that are designed to work on a variety of fabrics. Here are four common, hard-to-remove stains that are best left to the professionals:


Chocolate stains, especially melted chocolate or hot cocoa, can be a real problem 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. So, go ahead and enjoy your treats without worrying about making a mess on your couch. If you do make a mess, just call North American Chem-Dry Sonoma and they will be happy to help you remove the stain.


Whether you have children who often experience scrapes and bruises or you tend to be accident-prone yourself, it’s not uncommon to encounter blood stains on your upholstery. Blood stains can pose a challenge to remove due to blood’s protein content and vibrant color. Nevertheless, our skilled team possesses the expertise to successfully address this type of stain. Simply focus on tending to the injury at hand while we take care of the stain.

Tomato Sauce

Tomato sauce stains can be difficult to remove because they are both brightly colored and oily. However, you shouldn’t let the fear of a stain stop you from enjoying your favorite Italian dishes. If you do spill tomato sauce on your upholstery, our team can help you remove the stain.

Red Wine

Red wine is notorious for staining. 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 has years of experience helping homeowners remove red wine stains from their chairs and other upholstery. 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.

Call Our Upholstery Cleaning Team Today To Prevent Further Damage

When your upholstery gets stained, it’s natural to want to remove it yourself. However, trying to remove a stain yourself can often do more harm than good. Rubbing the stain can push the pigment deeper into the fibers, making it more difficult to remove. Using the wrong product or method can also damage the fabric. The best way to remove a stain from your upholstery is to leave it to the experts. At North American Chem-Dry Sonoma, we have the knowledge and experience to safely and effectively remove stains from various types of fabrics. We will assess the stain and determine the best course of action in order to remove the stain without damaging your upholstery. We may use a variety of methods, including baking soda, white vinegar, Oxiclean, or dry cleaning.

In addition to removing stains, we also offer upholstery protectant services. This is a proactive approach that creates a barrier around the fibers of your upholstery, making it more difficult for spills to cause stains.

Leave your upholstery stains to the experts at North American Chem-Dry Sonoma! Call (707) 938-9614 to speak to a stain removal expert in Sonoma today.

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