How to Get Stains Out of a Tan Couch


Numerous items can cause stains on a sofa, and the proper removal method depends greatly on the type of stain you have. While stain removal can seem like a difficult task on light-colored fabrics, they are really no different from dark-colored materials. The faster you act after a spill, the more likely you are to fully remove the stain before it sets. For that reason, it's ideal to keep the items needed for stain removal in a convenient, easy-to-access place but out of reach of small children.

Things You'll Need

  • Distilled water
  • Clean towel or lint-free cloth
  • Water-soluble detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Table salt
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Blot stains that are still wet with a clean, dry towel or lint-free cloth to remove the excess moisture.

  • Rinse the stain with distilled water and blot the area with a clean towel or lint-free cloth if your tan fabric is non-protein based and identified with a "W" or "WS." Common fabrics of this type include acetate, nylon and polyester. If you have a stubborn stain, rub a small amount of water-soluble detergent into the area in a circular motion before rinsing and blotting with cool distilled water and a clean towel or lint-free cloth again.

  • Dab organic dye stains like mustard and fruit juice with a mixture that is 1 part white vinegar and 3 parts distilled water. Blot the stain with a clean towel or lint-free cloth.

  • Mix 2 tbsp. table salt with 1 quart of distilled water to remove bloodstains from tan fabric. Blot the stain and rinse with distilled water. If the stain persists, apply a 3:1 mixture of distilled water and hydrogen peroxide.

  • Combine equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water-soluble detergent and rub the mixture onto the stain in gentle circular motions to remove red wine. Rinse with distilled water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always test a small, hard-to-see portion of the sofa to make sure the fabric will not be negatively affected by the stain treatment. This is especially important when using hydrogen peroxide.
  • If you have a really stubborn stain that won't come off, take the item to a dry cleaner if it is an easily transportable item like a pillow, sofa cushion or slip cover.

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