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Find Ways on How to Remove Water Stains from Couch


The couch is considered the most important piece of furniture in the living room. It sets the whole tone and atmosphere of the room. However, you spend most of your time on the couch and even eat and drink on it. Therefore, it’s prone to spillage which can leave highly visible stains on upholstery, especially fabric sofas.

Though it may seem strange, even water can leave water stains on upholstery.

Moreover, water spots can also be caused by spills from a leaking air conditioner or a leaky ceiling. These are still unsightly blemishes and can make your couch look unpleasant.

Getting rid of the stains is challenging but it’s possible to clean and remove them. Please read the full article so we can assist you on how to remove water stains from the couch.

Causes of Water Stains on Couch

There are two reasons why water stains appear on the couch. Check the following:

  1. When the dissolved impurities or minerals in water such as iron and manganese from water supplies oxidize with oxygen in the air, it can cause rust-colored stains on fabric upholsteries.
  2. Upholstery usually has fabric finishes applied to it. One or two types of fabric finishes react with water and can leave water stains.

Steps and Tips on How to Remove Water Stains from Couch

  1. Get rid of the spill right away. Use a clean, dry cloth or paper towel to blot the damp spot of your couch. Blot as much of the spillage as you can while the fabric is still wet. This will prevent bigger and more visible stains.
  2. Check and read the care tags or the manufacturer’s instructions first before cleaning your couch. The care tags can be found underneath the couch.
  • W- clean the couch using water-based solvents
  • S- clean with a water-free product (e.g. dry cleaning solvent)
  • S/W- both water and dry cleaning can be safely used
  • X- means the couch should be cleaned professionally or just vacuumed

3. Vacuum the surface thoroughly before starting to clean the stained area from upholstery. This will get rid of all the loose dirt, dust particles, and pet hair that can get stuck on the upholstery fabric.

Tip#1 Before you start using any method in cleaning your couch, test it on an inconspicuous area first. Use a method that won’t damage the fabric.

Tip#2 Use distilled water only in cleaning. The tap water contains water-purifying chemicals that won’t let your couch clean completely.

4. Clean your couch with distilled white vinegar and warm distilled water in equal parts. Mix and put into a spray bottle. Then spray it over your couch and allow it to sit for a few minutes.

5. Get a clean cloth and blot or dab the damp area. Never rub to prevent the brown stains from spreading. As much as possible, repeat the process until the stain is completely gone.

6. Dry the area where the stain is by using a hair dryer. The hair dryer should be preferably on its lowest setting.

Seek a Professional Upholstery Cleaner

If things aren’t working out, get in touch with Superior Restoration and Shamrock Cleaning. A company that excels not only in water damage restoration but in cleaning all sorts of upholstery.

We have advanced tools and techniques that will make your couch look brand-new again! For your couch stain removal, please contact us, Water Damage Rancho Cucamonga. We would be more than happy to serve you, 24/7.