Common Couch Stains and How to Remove Them

February 17, 2022 6:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When you bought your couch, it looked pristine and you promised you’d keep it that way. So what happened? Well, you weren’t very realistic with making that promise, especially if you have kids or pets.

Fortunately, we have some furniture stain removal tips to help you out.

What to do before you clean common couch stains

Here are some pre-cleaning tips:

  • Look at the tags and the manufacturer’s instructions: If you kept the manual for your couch, take a look at how they recommend to deal with stains. Even if you lost it, you can check the tag on the couch. This will include codes like: W (use water to clean); S (do not use water to clean; instead use a solvent-based cleaner); WS (use water or a solvent-based cleaner); or X (professional cleaning required).
  • Vacuum: You’ll need a vacuum to whisk away any excess dirt or debris.
  • Test out the area: If you’re not sure which type of cleaner to use, start by testing out a less-visible area and see how it looks.

Mud and dirt

Your child or your dog has darted into the house covered in mud or dirt—and gone straight for the furniture. This is one of the most common couch stains. Take a deep breath, and then do the following:

  • Let the stain dry;
  • Vacuum away any loose debris;
  • Apply a solution using a sponge on the stain;
  • Blot it dry, and then repeat as needed.

Red wine

This is one of those stains that appears like it will never go away, but don’t panic—follow these steps:

  • Use a dry towel or cloth to blot the area dry;
  • Pour a bit of carbonated water on the stain, and then blot dry;
  • Make a mixture of a quarter cup of baking soda and ⅛ cup of water;
  • Put the paste on the stain; let it dry; then vacuum away the excess.


Maybe you weren’t so sharp before having your morning cup and dropped it on the couch. Have no fear, and do the following:

  • Mix a bit of detergent with warm water;
  • Use a paper towel to blot away the stain.

Butter and oil

These common cooking ingredients are liable to find their way onto your couch. To remove them:

  • Sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on the stain;
  • Allow it to sit for 20 minutes to lift out the grease;
  • Use a vacuum on the stained area;
  • Take a bit of dish soap and scrub the area using a soft item such as a toothbrush;
  • Blot the area clean using a moist paper towel.

Whether you’re looking for furniture stain removal or carpet cleaning, Lov ‘N Kare Carpet Center is the name to trust. Since 1948, we’ve been serving our customers with reliable, affordable service. We only use the most up-to-date cleaning equipment and the best-quality products when cleaning your floors, furniture, rugs and tiles. Give us a call today to find out more and request a free quote.

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