How to Remove Couch Stains Easily

by LILY YAO on Jan 05, 2023

How to Remove Couch Stains Easily
Sofas or upholstered couches are a part of almost every home around the world; they are used daily and yet, not a lot of attention goes into cleaning and maintaining them. This is, of course, until the inevitable happens – you end up with a stain that you need to get out!
It seems like almost anything you bring around your couch can cause a stain! From food and beverages, to pets and cosmetics; accidents can happen, resulting in stains on your couch. For this reason, it’s important to be prepared by having the right information on how to remove stains.
Let’s begin!


1、Wine stain

When red wine spills on your white or cream coloured sofa, it can feel like the end of the world. But, it’s not impossible to remove! First, blot up as much of the stain as possible with paper towels and water. Then, mix one tablespoon of liquid hand soap with water and start to sponge the stain, repeat this until the stain has reduced. You’ll then need to blot with an absorbent cloth until all the liquid has been absorbed and sponge once more with cold water. To finish off simply leave the area to air dry and the wine stain should be completely gone! But, if it’s being really stubborn you can use white vinegar and baking soda to tackle it. Pour the baking soda over the stain and coat it with the vinegar, wait a few minutes for the solution to sink it, it will bubble quite a bit which just means it’s working. Then rinse it off with a damp cloth and repeat the process if needed until the stain is gone.


2、Grease stain

Step 1: Remove any bits and/or dried grease with a butter knife or the edge of a spoon. Even after the pretreatment, you may find hardened grease covering the stain which needs to be removed before you proceed with the rest of the stain removal process.

Step 2: Pour a minimal amount of liquid dish soap over the centre of the stain and spread it around using your finger to cover up the rest of the affected area.

Step 3: Use a toothbrush to gently scrub the stain. Avoid scrubbing outside of the stain; instead, start from the outline and work your way towards the middle.

Step 4: Use paper towels to absorb some of the moisture before rinsing the cleaner off with a damp towel.

Step 5: At this point, some parts of the stain are likely to still be visible. To get rid of this, make a solution of equal parts water and household ammonia; dip a scrubber into the mixture (squeeze out excess water), and gently rub the stain in circular motions. It may take a while to get out grease stains from your couch so it’s important to keep at it.

Step 6: Remove the cleaning agents with a damp towel and allow the fabric to air-dry.


3、Ink stain

Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto a clean cotton cloth and wipe the ink stain repeatedly. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing of any kind, as this will allow the stain to penetrate deeper into the fabric. Blot the area with a dry towel to remove excess water, then continue the stain removal process with rubbing alcohol. When the stain is visibly faded, rinse the area with a damp cloth and allow it to dry.


4、Coffee stain

Step 1: Make a soapy solution of water and liquid dish soap; the strength of the cleaning solution will depend on the severity of the stain.

Step 2: dip a sponge in the solution and squeeze out excess water; scrub the stain away gently or using minimal pressure for a safe and effective clean.

Step 3: Use paper towels to absorb moisture before repeating step 2 until the stain has disappeared.

Step 4: Rinse the area with a damp towel and leave it to air-dry.


5、Pee stain

Step 1: While the stained area is still damp, mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a basin; you can add a few drops of essential oil for fragrance. Soak and wring a clean towel in the solution, and wipe over the pet pee stain. Light scrubbing is advised to work the cleaner into the fabric.

Step 2: Cover the area with a thin layer of baking soda and leave it to dry. Baking soda is a great natural deodorizer, as is vinegar.

Step 3: Once the area is more or less dry, vacuum up the powder or wipe it off with a clean, damp towel. Continue to wipe the couch to remove traces of vinegar and/or other cleaning agents present on the surface before leaving it to air-dry.

Do keep in mind that stains are best treated when they’re still fresh! Hope these simple tips have helped you to clean your fabric couch and get those stains removed.