How to Remove Water Stains from Fabric Furniture

Hunker may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 damp cloths

  • Paper towels

  • Books or heavy objects

  • Hairdryer

  • Clean cloth

  • White vinegar

  • Dry towel


A fan can be used instead of a hairdryer.

You can easily remove water stains from fabric furniture.

Water is used to wash and clean almost every material, so it is ironic that water can leave stains on fabric. These dark stains on fabric furniture can be frustrating and embarrassing, especially if you don't know how to remove them. Fortunately, water stains can be removed from fabric furniture easily with just a couple of simple tools and materials. Now you can remove that blanket you were using to hide those stains and enjoy your furniture again.


Video of the Day

Step 1

Moisten the water stain with a damp cloth. Place a 1/8-inch stack of paper towels directly over the stain.

Step 2

Weigh the paper towels down with some books or other heavy objects. Do not place the books directly on top of the stain, but around the stain.


Step 3

Plug in a hairdryer and put it on the coolest setting. Point the hairdryer directly at the water stain to transfer the moisture from the fabric to the paper towels.

Step 4

Remove the books and paper towels to check if the water stain is gone.


Step 5

Apply vinegar to the water stain if the stain still exists. Dampen a clean cloth with white vinegar; then dab a bit of the vinegar on a hidden area of the furniture to make sure the vinegar won't damage the fabric.

Step 6

Dab the vinegar onto the water stain, starting from the outside of the stain and working toward the middle. Keep the vinegar on the fabric for a couple of minutes and then rinse off the vinegar by dabbing the area with a damp cloth.

Step 7

Dry off the area thoroughly with a dry towel.