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4 Hardest Upholstery Stains to Remove

Jun 1, 2023 | Stain Removal, Upholstery Cleaning

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Most homeowners would agree that keeping your upholstery clean can be challenging, especially if you have stubborn stains on your furniture. When dealing with stains, it’s often best to leave the cleaning to the professionals. With help from upholstery cleaning professionals like Delta Chem-Dry, you can remove grime and stains and renew your favorite pieces of furniture.

Here are some especially difficult stains to remove that our technicians face daily. We advise you to contact a professional next time you face one of 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. Luckily for homeowners in Santa Monica, Delta Chem-Dry has a range of stain removal products that can effectively lift chocolate stains. You can enjoy your chocolatey treats without worrying about making a mess on your couch because you can rely on Delta Chem-Dry to get it out!


Blood is notoriously difficult to remove from fabric. If you have kids who are prone to scrapes and bruises, you’re probably all too familiar with blood stains. The proteins in blood combined with its bright color make it especially challenging to remove. However, our experienced team knows how to effectively tackle this type of stain. Just worry about taking care of the injury and leave the stain to us. 

Tomato Sauce

Tomato sauce stains can be especially challenging to remove due to the combination of the vibrant red color and the oil or grease that is often present. These stains can be difficult to get rid of, but you shouldn’t let the fear of a spill keep you or your kids from enjoying your favorite Italian dishes. If you do have a tomato sauce accident on your upholstery, don’t worry – our team is here to help. 

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 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.

Our team offers upholstery cleaning services in the greater Santa Monica area including Brentwood, Calabasas, Malibu, and Pacific Palisades.

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