When you spill something on your couch, you must act quickly to clean it up before it soaks into the fabric and permanently stains it. You can use these tips to remove and clean a spill on a couch as quickly as possible and ensure the stains don’t set in!

Dab the area with a paper towel

First, lift up any cushions you can and remove any throw pillows. If your couch has removable covers, take them off as well. Then get some clean paper towels or rags and press down firmly on whatever substance is present—dabbing is much more effective than blotting. This will transfer most of it onto your towel (which you’ll want to discard right away).

Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle

Vinegar is made from mild acetic acid and is safe for cleaning fabric without discoloring or damaging it. This makes it an ideal solution to clean a spill on a couch.

When using vinegar for cleaning purposes, always dilute it with equal parts of water (for instance, 1/2 cup vinegar to 1/2 cup water). The mixture will work as a multipurpose cleaner that helps break down messes.

Spray or pour the solution onto the spill

You’ll want to use a spray or pour technique instead of rubbing. Rubbing can move dirt around and make it even harder to clean. If you don’t have any handy blotting paper or dish towels, you can always grab some toilet paper and use that as blotting paper (no judgment here). The TP will soak up most spills without harming your upholstery.

Blot until dry

Any liquid, even water, can soak the fabric and ruin its texture. Blotting (not rubbing) will get up as much of it as possible before it has time to seep in too deeply. We recommend blotting with a clean rag or paper towels (which are more effective at absorbing liquids), but only use an absorbent cloth if you’re sure it won’t leave residue behind on your couch.

Repeat if necessary to clean a spill on a couch

A spill that is fresh can be cleaned easily, as long as you act quickly. Blot up excess liquid with paper towels, and then start with some mild detergent and water at one edge of your couch (1:10 ratio).

Please use a clean white rag or sponge to apply the solution directly to your spill. It is very important not to pour the solution directly onto your fabric. In the event you don’t have distilled water, try boiling regular tap water for 15 minutes if you don’t have distilled water.

Allow fabric to air dry completely before sitting on the couch again

As a general rule, it is better to vacuum upholstery rather than wipe it down with a cloth. To prevent permanently staining your sofa, use a damp sponge or cloth instead of wipes if you are concerned about permanently staining your couch.

If you have time and there are no rips or tears in your fabric, allow it to air dry before sitting on it again. In most cases, spills can be safely removed from upholstery without fear of permanent damage—and with just one other precautionary step!

Hire Couch Master’s Professional Couch Cleaning Services

Although it’s tempting to try and tackle spills and stains yourself, doing so might actually do more harm than good. Please leave it to our couch cleaning experts at Couch Master.

We have a team of professionals who are trained to clean a spill on a couch without causing permanent damage to it. You can rest assured knowing that your sofa will be cleaned with state-of-the-art equipment and eco-friendly products, so you can breathe easy knowing that professionals are handling it.

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