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Helpful Tips for Removing
Stains From the Sofa

It can be a headache when you find a stain on your couch. Spills happen, especially with children, and it’s good to understand how to remove them. These are a few helpful tips for removing stains from the sofa.

Review Manufacturer’s Instructions

Make sure to check the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions before freshening up your couch or attempting to remove a stain. You could ruin your couch or void warranties if you don’t.

Know That Tags Answer Many Questions

Don’t worry if you can’t locate the manufacturer’s instructions. You should find a tag on your couch cushions that displays many essential facts regarding the best way to clean or remove stains from your couch. One side of the label will explain cleaning the sofa cover, and the other will have details for the cushions themselves.

Read the Tag Correctly

Usually, one of four letters appears on the cleaning tag. Read the tag carefully and know what the letters signify that you should do. Here are their meanings:

  • S: You can’t use water. Purchase a special solvent-based cleaner to clean your couch.
  • W: You can use water to clean this material.
  • X: You can only vacuum this fabric.
  • WS: You can either use a solvent-based solution or water on the sofa.

Don’t Deviate From Recommended Cleaning Methods

Another helpful tip for removing stains from the sofa is to stick to the cleaning methods on the cleaning tag. You’ll be in for an unpleasant surprise if you use water on a sofa that only calls for a solvent-based solution. Water may seem harmless, but it can severely harm your couch. It’s best not to take that risk and stick to what the tag says because the manufacturer knows what’s best for your sofa.

How To Clean a Stained Fabric Sofa

You should only follow the following instructions on sofas with tags marked with W or WS. You’ll need:

  • A bucket
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Distilled water
  • Three light-colored microfiber cloths that won’t bleed onto your couch
  • A vacuum cleaner with its upholstery attachment
  • Distilled white vinegar

First, vacuum the sofa to avoid rubbing dirt or debris into it while cleaning. Grab the bucket and measure two cups of water with one tablespoon of liquid dish soap and vinegar. Dip the cloth into the solution and blot the stained areas with the dampened microfiber cloth. Before cleaning, ensure you test a small place that you can hide in case the material reacts. Moisten a second microfiber cloth with water and blot to remove any remaining soap and vinegar mixture. Blot the area one last time with the final cloth and let the area dry completely.

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