How to Easily Remove Stains From Furniture

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If you’re like me, you have an upholstered piece of furniture that’s seen its fair share of spills and stains. And while some stains are obvious (like red wine or ketchup), others can be much harder to detect, like the ones caused by makeup or deodorant. If you want to know how to get rid of these types of stains, we’ve got some tips for you! First things first: if your furniture has fabric upholstery and a removable cover, take it off! Then check out all possible sources for stains: Do they look like they came straight from the source? Or did they seem to spread out over time? If they came straight from the source (and there aren’t too many), chances are good that they’ll come right back out again—just follow our steps below!

A stain on your furniture can make you a little stressed out, but there’s no reason to go buy a new couch.

A stain on your furniture can make you a little stressed out, but there’s no reason to go buy a new couch.

You see, stains are the bane of just about everyone’s existence. It doesn’t matter whether it’s coffee or tomato sauce; they’re harder to remove than they should be and they’ll cost you more than they should. Even if you take precautions like using coasters or not eating near the couch (haha), it seems like these things always have a way of happening anyway.

But don’t panic! There are ways to prevent and remove stains from upholstery that will save your life—and make sure that you don’t have to replace your couch anytime soon because of them!

Step 1: Check the label.

In the first step, check the label. If your upholstery is stain-resistant, you should not use a cleaning product that contains bleach. This can damage both the fabric and the surface of your furniture.

On the other hand, if you don’t see this symbol on your upholstery (or if it’s not labeled as stain-resistant), then you’ll be able to get rid of stains using a product containing bleach without worrying about damaging your furniture.

Step 2: Blot it up.

The first step is to blot the stain with a dry cloth. This will help remove some of the liquid before you proceed to the next steps. Don’t rub or scrub at it, just dab gently with your cloth.

DO NOT: use a wet cloth – this will spread the stain further, making it harder to clean up later on; use paper towels – they tear easily and absorb stains rather than removing them; or sponges – these tend to pick up dirt from other areas on your furniture and make things worse in general

Step 3: Apply the right cleaning product.

Once you’ve lifted the stain, it’s time to apply the right cleaning product.

When it comes to upholstery, we have some basic rules of thumb:

  • Use a damp cloth, not a dry one
  • Use a cleaning product that is appropriate for the type of stain (e.g., oil-based stains may require an oil-based cleaner) and material (e.g., leather requires special care)
  • Avoid using alcohol or vinegar on any fabrics; these can cause discoloration or weakening in certain materials
  • Read labels carefully before applying cleaners so you know exactly what you are getting yourself into

Step 4: Mix up dishwashing liquid solution.

Add 2 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid to a bowl. Add water and mix well. Add a drop of liquid detergent, and then add a drop each of dishwashing liquid and vinegar. You can use this solution on any stain that you might find on your upholstery, whether it’s red wine or oil-based ink!

Now that you have your cleaning solution ready to go, it’s time to tackle those stains! Using a clean cloth or sponge, apply the solution directly onto the stain and allow it to soak in for at least 30 seconds before wiping away with warm water until all traces are gone.

Step 5: Blot out the stain with a dry cloth.

Using a dry cloth, blot out the stain. Do not rub it or use a cloth that is too rough or soft.

This step is important because you want to get as much of the liquid out of the fabric as possible before you move on to the next step.

If you get the right cleaning solution and apply it properly, you can get stains out of upholstery.

Before you go on to the next step, make sure that you have the right cleaning solution. If you’re not sure what kind of stain you’re dealing with and how to remove it, check the label or contact the manufacturer.

In most cases, all it takes is a good scrubbing! Just apply your chosen cleaning product with a soft cloth and gently blot at it until all of the stain is gone.


When you follow these tips, you’ll be able to remove stains from your furniture and keep it looking like new. We hope this article has helped you learn how to get stains out of upholstery! If it did, please share this article on social media and leave us a comment below. We always love hearing from our readers.

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