How to Remove Water Stains From a Couch

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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Couches can become stained and dirty over time.

Suede Sofa

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Dampen a cloth.

Step 1

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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Rub the stain.

Step 3

Rub the water stain gently with the dampened cloth.

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Allow to air dry.

Step 4

Allow to air dry. Do not apply heat.

Velvet Sofa

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Velvet Sofa

Step 5

Dampen a soft cloth with clean cool water.

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Step 6

Pat the water stain with the soft cloth.

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Dry the area with a hair dryer set on the lowest setting.

Step 7

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

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Leather Sofa

Step 8

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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Allow the area to air dry.

Step 9

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

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Leather sofa

Step 10

Treat the sofa with an approved leather conditioner.

Other Sofas

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Water

Step 11

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

Step 12

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

Step 13

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

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Wipe the water stain with the cloth.

Step 14

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

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Air dry.

Step 15

Allow to air dry completely.