How to Remove Stains From a Couch

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Couches provide comfortable seating in a living room.
Couches provide comfortable seating in a living room. (Image: on the couch image by max blain from Fotolia.com)

Stains on your couch are inevitable if you have children, pets, or spend time eating or drinking while sitting on your couch. Some stains are easier to remove from your couch than others. Regardless of the type of stain, it's possible to remove it and any odor from the stain. Use supplies from your home to remove stains from your couch and return it to its pre-stained condition.

Things You'll Need

  • Spoon
  • Garbage bag
  • Sponge
  • Laundry detergent with enzymes
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Spatula
  • Clean cloths

Scrape as much of the stain's substance up with a spoon as possible. Place it in a garbage bag and dispose.

A spoon comes in handy for some cleanup jobs.
A spoon comes in handy for some cleanup jobs. (Image: spoon image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

Dampen a clean sponge with cool water. Blot at the stained area on your couch.

Sponges clean gently but effectively.
Sponges clean gently but effectively. (Image: sponge image by Leonid Nyshko from Fotolia.com)

Mix equal parts water and an enzyme laundry detergent in a bowl to create a cleaning paste.

Wipe the cleaning paste onto the stain using a spatula. Apply liberally and allow the cleaning paste to sit on the stain for 15 to 30 minutes.

Remove the cleaning paste from your couch by scraping it up with your spatula.

A spatula helps with cooking and cleanup.
A spatula helps with cooking and cleanup. (Image: bamboo spatula image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

Rinse a clean cloth in cold water and wring out. Blot at the area on your couch where the cleaning paste was. Continue to do this until all the paste is removed, as well as any last traces of the stain. Air-dry your couch overnight.

Cool water helps in stain removal.
Cool water helps in stain removal. (Image: robinet image by razorconcept from Fotolia.com)

Tips & Warnings

  • Pour baking soda over any area on your couch where stain has been removed but odor still lingers. Let the baking soda sit on your couch overnight, then vacuum it up.
  • Avoid rubbing the stain to remove it as this will likely spread the stain.

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