How to Remove Water Stains From a Couch

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Sofas--also known as couches--are typically used daily, making them prone to wear and tear. Water spilled on your couch can leave a nasty stain and cause your sofa to look dingy. Remove water stains with the method that works with your type of sofa.

Couches can become stained and dirty over time.
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Things You'll Need

  • Denatured alcohol
  • Soft cloth
  • Water
  • Hair dryer
  • Leather conditioner
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Baby wipes
Step 1

Dampen a soft cloth with denatured alcohol.

Dampen a cloth.
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Step 2

Test the denatured alcohol in an inconspicuous spot before continuing. If damage occurs, discontinue use.

Step 3

Rub the water stain gently with the dampened cloth.

Rub the stain.
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Step 4

Allow to air dry. Do not apply heat.

Allow to air dry.
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Step 1

Dampen a soft cloth with clean cool water.

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Step 2

Pat the water stain with the soft cloth.

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Step 3

Dry the area with a hair dryer set on the lowest setting. Move the hair dryer in a slow back and forth motion.

Dry the area with a hair dryer set on the lowest setting.
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Step 1

Wet a soft cloth with cool water. Wring the cloth out to remove excess water. The cloth should be damp not soggy.

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Step 2

Allow the area to air dry. Do not apply heat to speed up the drying process.

Allow the area to air dry.
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Step 3

Treat the sofa with an approved leather conditioner.

Leather sofa
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Step 1

Create a mixture of equal parts water and distilled white vinegar.

Water
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Step 2

Saturate a soft cloth in the mixture. Wring the cloth so that it is damp.

Step 3

Test the water-vinegar mixture in an inconspicuous spot before continuing. If damage occurs, discontinue use.

Step 4

Wipe the water stain with the cloth. Gently rub until the water stain disappears.

Wipe the water stain with the cloth.
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Step 5

Allow to air dry completely.

Air dry.
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Tips & Warnings

  • For micro fiber couches, wipe the water stain with a baby wipe.
  • Blot spills with a soft cloth as soon as they happen.

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