Get rid of couch stains quickly and effectively, and for any type of couch be it fabric, microfiber or leather. Here is a guide to getting rid of all those pesky couch stains once and for all.

First of all, read the manufacturer’s suggestions for your couch as everything today comes with a cleaning tag attached. They may need a bit of searching for, but they are there. Once you find the tag, check it for cleaning clues. The following are some common clues that you might find on your couch tag and what they mean:

  • W – You can clean this material with water
  • S – Don’t use water to clean this material. Instead, use a solvent-based cleaner.
  • WS –You can use water or solvent-based cleaner on this material.
  • X – Only vacuum this material.

Once you find and read the cleaning tag, you can use the following tips to clean your couch. When staining your couch, you must act as quickly as possible, because the more time you leave the stain on the couch, the harder it will be to remove it. Below are tips for every type of couch:

How to clean a fabric couch:

  1. Start with a baking soda clean. Prepare the couch by brushing it with a clean white hand towel or a stiff brush. This will loosen anything that has dried onto the couch.
  2. Sprinkle the entire couch with baking soda, and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. (You can leave it there for up to an hour.) Using a brush attachment, vacuum the couch to remove the baking soda.
  3. Next, create this cleaner to tackle any remaining stains. Combine 1 tsp. of dishwashing liquid, 1 Tbsp. of white vinegar and 1 cup of warm water in a small spray bottle. Next, add 1 tsp. of baking soda and quickly screw the top onto the spray bottle. Spray a white cloth with the cleaning solution, and gently dab and rub any stains on the fabric.
  4. Let the fabric dry.

How to clean a microfiber couch:

  1. Working section by section, spray an area with rubbing alcohol and then scrub with a white or light-colored sponge (so no color transfers to the couch while you scrub). You’ll see the stains lift off onto the sponge.
  2. The couch should dry quickly, as the alcohol evaporates rapidly. Once it’s dry, use a dry scrub brush to brush the couch in a circular motion to fluff the fabric.
  3. If there are any water stains on the couch (and your couch allows both water and solvent cleaning), follow the same process using distilled water. Spray, scrub, then brush after the fabric has dried.

How to clean a leather couch:

There are many cleaning options with leather couches, as leather comes in a variety of different finishes. Keep in mind that methods for cleaning couches will vary from one couch to another. The following steps are specifically intended for cleaning the most common leather, protected leather. This type of leather is also usually easier to clean than other types of leather.

  1. Start by vacuuming the couch.
  2. Wipe down the whole couch with a clean and dry microfiber cloth.
  3. Create a cleaning solution by combining equal parts water and white vinegar in a small bucket. Dip a microfiber cloth into the solution so that it is damp but not wet. Wipe the couch, rinsing the cloth regularly.
  4. Dry the couch with a clean and dry microfiber cloth.
  5. Be sure to use a leather conditioner on your couch every six to 12 months to keep the leather feeling soft.

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