By Evan from Tampa, FL
I am with Jilson and MartyD and, frankly, I wouldn't even risk trying to have it cleaned on the inside even by a professional. You can contract diseases from the urine and feces by breathing it in and/or even touching it. When you dispose of the sofa please be kind and make it clear that the sofa is no longer safe for human use.
I agree with Jilson. As I have had to learn over the years there comes a time when I have to throw my frugal old lady hat in the creek and get rid of something. I think for your safety's sake it's time to get rid of the couch.
If there are rodent stains on it, then chances are the rodents were in it, as well. I would consult a professional cleaner (asking them doesn't mean you need to use their services) if it is even possible to get the stains out, and clean it so that it is safe to use. Rodent droppings in quantity can carry some pretty scary diseases, including the hanta virus. Do some real investigating, not just asking for surface cleaning ideas on here, for your and your family's health's sake, please!
I am needing to clean a couch, not sure of the fabric type, it might be a blend. I am just trying to find a way to get some of the grime out. The couch is a light gray color. The stain appears to just be from regular wear and tear on the couch.
By James from Kansas City, MO
Take a large thick washcloth or hand towel and get it wet in the soapy water, but wring it out as dry as you can get it. Then scoop up some of the "suds only" on the washcloth and and rub and scrub the soiled upholstery parts. Take a separate handtowel and wet it in a bucket of plain clean water. Wring it out as dry as you can get it and wipe and scrub the area of upholstery you just scrubbed with the suds. I usually needed to rinse out the towel and go over the area again. You can repeat the process, but do not get the upholstery wet. Damp is okay, soaking wet is not.
Let the upholstery dry for a day or so. If you want to you can run your vacuum over the sofa after it is dry. You won't have any stinky chemical smell in your upholstery. If there is any scent at all it will smell like clean laundry! (03/22/2010)
What works the best to shampoo a couch and chair? They need it badly.
Thanx for the help.
By Annie from Cassopolis, MI
By the way, one of my great grandfathers was born in Cassopolis around the time of the Civil War and I have distant cousins that still live in the area. Have been there about a half dozen times over the past 30 years including doing genealogical research at the Cass County Courthouse. The first time I was ever there was the first time I ever saw lightening bugs and my cousins were giggling at me that I was so excited about seeing them for the first time. ;-) (08/13/2010)
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