How to Remove Water Stains From a Couch

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Things You'll Need

  • Denatured alcohol

  • Soft cloth

  • Water

  • Hair dryer

  • Leather conditioner

  • Distilled white vinegar

  • Baby wipes

Tip

For micro fiber couches, wipe the water stain with a baby wipe.

Blot spills with a soft cloth as soon as they happen.

Couches can become stained and dirty over time.
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Sofas--also known as couches--are typically used daily, making them prone to wear and tear. Water spilled on your couch can leave a nasty stain and cause your sofa to look dingy. Remove water stains with the method that works with your type of sofa.

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Suede Sofa

Step 1

Dampen a cloth.
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Dampen a soft cloth with denatured alcohol.

Step 2

Test the denatured alcohol in an inconspicuous spot before continuing. If damage occurs, discontinue use.

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Step 3

Rub the stain.
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Rub the water stain gently with the dampened cloth.

Step 4

Allow to air dry.
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Allow to air dry. Do not apply heat.

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Velvet Sofa

Step 1

Velvet Sofa
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Dampen a soft cloth with clean cool water.

Step 2

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Pat the water stain with the soft cloth.

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Step 3

Dry the area with a hair dryer set on the lowest setting.
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Dry the area with a hair dryer set on the lowest setting. Move the hair dryer in a slow back and forth motion.

Leather Sofa

Step 1

Leather Sofa
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Wet a soft cloth with cool water. Wring the cloth out to remove excess water. The cloth should be damp not soggy.

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Step 2

Allow the area to air dry.
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Allow the area to air dry. Do not apply heat to speed up the drying process.

Step 3

Leather sofa
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Treat the sofa with an approved leather conditioner.

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Other Sofas

Step 1

Water
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Create a mixture of equal parts water and distilled white vinegar.

Step 2

Saturate a soft cloth in the mixture. Wring the cloth so that it is damp.

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Step 3

Test the water-vinegar mixture in an inconspicuous spot before continuing. If damage occurs, discontinue use.

Step 4

Wipe the water stain with the cloth.
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Wipe the water stain with the cloth. Gently rub until the water stain disappears.

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Step 5

Air dry.
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Allow to air dry completely.

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Amanda Flanigan

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.