4 Hardest Upholstery Stains to Remove

Jan 5, 2023 | Upholstery Cleaning

two women on the couch drinking wine

Have trouble removing stubborn stains from your sofa, armchair, or loveseat? DIY methods can sometimes make the matter worse and damage your upholstery. Fortunately, the upholstery cleaning experts at Clean Living Chem-Dry are here to help restore the look of your furniture and get rid of any unsightly 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. However, Chem-Dry has a range of stain removal products that can effectively lift away chocolate stains. Enjoy your treats without worrying about making a mess on your couch, and know if you do, just call Clean Living Chem-Dry.


If you have kids who are prone to scrapes and bruises, or if you are just accident-prone yourself, you may have to deal with blood stains on your upholstery. Blood stains can be difficult to remove due to the protein in blood and the bright color. 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

Have a glass of wine or host dinner parties without worrying about red wine spills staining your furniture and upholstery! Chem-Dry has all the experience needed to help homeowners remove red wine stains from chairs and other furnishings. Contrary to popular belief, we don’t just use white wine as a solution – instead, our exclusive cleaning formula breaks down and eliminates the stain right at its source, ensuring it won’t reappear again.

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.

Leave upholstery stains to the experts at Clean Living Chem-Dry! Call 415-897-5337 today to speak to a stain removal expert in Marin County. 

Clean Living Chem-Dry services all of Marin County including Corte Madera, Kentfield, Larkspur, Mill Valley, NovatoSan Rafael, Sausalito, and Tiburon