How to Remove Stubborn Stains from Your Couch

How to Remove Stubborn Stains from Your Couch
With a little bit of patience and right method you can easily save your favorite couch. Photo: pressfoto, Freepik

By Melinda Graham

As a family, we all do these things on the couch: watch TV while eating and drinking! Anyone, including children and adults, can spill juice or red wine on the pricey couch. As a result, a stubborn stain on the couch's fabric! The process of removing a stain is totally dependent on the type of stain and the fabric. The quicker you act, the easier you can remove the stain.

Read More: How to Get 6 Types of Stains Out of Your Furniture

Identify Stains and Fabric

Stains: Coffee, wine, grease, blood, ink, and pet accidents require different cleaning process. Knowing the type of stain will help you choose the right method.

Fabric: Check the cleaning label on your couch for instructions. Common upholstery materials include cotton, linen, microfiber, synthetic blends, leather, and suede. Each has its own limitations and cleaning techniques.

Blot, Don't Rub

Rubbing can spread stains and damage the fabric. Use a clean, absorbent cloth or paper towel to blot as much liquid as possible; this helps absorb the liquid without spreading the stain. Or, you can use a blunt knife or spoon to carefully remove any food particles, dirt, or other debris that can deepen the stain when the fabric is wet.

Start with Mild Solutions

For water-based stains (coffee, tea, juice): Try a solution of 1 part white vinegar and 3 parts hot water. Blot the stain with a clean cloth dampened in the solution, then blot with a dry cloth. Rinse with water and dry thoroughly.

For greasy stains (butter, oil): Sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch over the stain and let it sit for 20–30 minutes to absorb the oil. Vacuum the powder and repeat if necessary. Then, use the vinegar solution.

For protein-based stains (blood, sweat): Mix a mild dish soap with cold water and gently scrub the stain. Rinse with clean water and dry well.

Escalate if Necessary

If mild solutions don't work, you can try stronger cleaning methods, such as:

Hydrogen peroxide: This can be effective for removing blood stains. Test on a small patch before use, as it may bleach the fabric.

Commercial upholstery cleaner: You can use a cleaner designed specifically for the type of fabric on your sofa. Be sure to read the instructions on the packet carefully.

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If the stain persists after trying everything, it's best to call a professional. They have enough expertise and equipment to tackle the toughest stains.

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How to Remove Stubborn Stains from Your Couch
The best method to remove a stain from your couch will depend on the fabric and the stain. If you're unsure of how to proceed, seek professional help.
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