How to Get Orange Juice Out of a Couch Cushion

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Orange juice, like most stains, is easiest to remove when the stain is fresh. By acting quickly after a spill, you will prevent the stain from setting, which makes removal harder. Because orange juice is a tannin stain, you should use a mild liquid detergent instead of bar or powdered soap. If your cushion covers can be removed, an orange juice stain will easily come out in the wash. But if they need to stay in place, there are still ways you can save the appearance of your furniture.

Things You'll Need

  • Rags or paper towels
  • Mild liquid detergent
  • Clean white cloth

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Soak up as much of the orange juice spill as you can immediately after it happens with an absorbent rag or paper towel. Wipe away any pulp.

Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid detergent with 2 cups of water. You can use dish soap or laundry detergent intended for delicate clothing. Avoid any detergent containing natural soap as it could make your stain permanent. Gently stir the solution to avoid causing a lot of frothy bubbles.

Dab the solution on the stain using a clean white cloth. After the stain is fully soaked, use a dry rag to absorb the solution until the stained area is nearly dry again. Your stain will fade with each application of the detergent solution.

Repeat Step 3 until the stain is no longer visible. Allow your cushion to air dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your couch is leather, use a very mild detergent to clean your stain. Harsh soaps will strip away the natural oils necessary for protecting leather, so the milder the better.
  • If your couch is suede or untreated leather, do not attempt the clean the stain yourself. Water will stain suede, so your cushion will need to be dry-cleaned.

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