An Epic Coffee Spill, A Stained Couch and A Happy Mom #ResolveTip

Sometimes having kids can be messy business. Having a little boy (or as some like to say; "noise with dirt on it") under the age of 2 is incredibly messy business! Case in point: The day I almost lost my brand new couch forever and ever to the biggest coffee disaster known to humankind.

It was an early morning in our old house, this past spring.  I was sitting in the living room on my brand new, lush, incredibly comfortable dark khaki Microfibre couch, drinking my coffee and writing a blog post.  The kids were playing near by, staying reasonably well out of trouble.  I was rather relaxed and enjoying myself. 

Then the phone rang.

Instead of doing what I now do EVERY SINGLE TIME I LEAVE MY SEAT, I left my coffee on the small wooden TV table I'd been resting it on and hopped up to answer the phone.  

I'm not sure what it is about Mother's being on the phone, but I assume you know the drill here.  You get busy chatting on an important call, the kids start acting up immediately.  (Why is that, by the way?!)  So, naturally unprovoked, my previously calm little boy started to run.  Off he went, around the kitchen, through the dining room, the living room and then BAM!  Into my small wooden TV table with the cup of coffee resting on it.  For the record, I don't do small cups of coffee -- I like my coffee strong, and in large doses! 

I looked up just in time to see coffee flying then landing across all 3 pillows, both arm rests, and the back of the couch, as well as our light beige coloured carpet.  I wish I could tell you how that's even possible.  It happened - and it was epic.  

I could have freaked out, or cried, or gotten mad... But the fact is, it was my fault for leaving my cup there, and my son was just doing what little toddler boys do best - running around and having fun.  Although I knew the coffee wasn't that hot, I was just glad that none landed on him.  Then I went straight to Google, because I knew that this stain had to be dealt with properly, and it had to be dealt with fast!  Otherwise I wouldn't stand a chance of saving my beloved couch.

For the record, if you use extreme caution you can machine wash Microfibre couch cushion covers in your front loading machine on a very delicate, cold water setting. :)  I did this, then hung them to dry outside for several hours.  My couch survived! 

I hope for your sake that you don't have a story like mine!  Realistically though, these minor disasters happen often in busy homes, and especially in homes with kids.  I could go on and tell you about spilled paint, grape juice, grass and mud stains, baby puke and more.. But what's important here isn't what causes the mess, it's how to clean it up!  Thankfully the RESOLVE Tip Exchange is here to help.  

Have a stain fighting tip?  Share it and be entered to win one of 12 Weekly Prizes of $250 and the Grand Prize of $5,000!  Go forth, and be stain-free.  :) 

Disclosure: I am part of the Resolve® Tip Exchange Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.