Knowing how to clean couch stains is a skill we should all have up our sleeves. Be it an emergency red wine spill or just a buildup of grime from the dog sitting on the couch every day, we have the answers and will show you how to clean a couch effectively.


First, make sure you read the manufacturer’s suggestions for cleaning. Couches always come with a cleaning tag, just like your favorite items of clothing. Check the tag for cleaning clues. Here are some codes you’re likely to find and what they mean:


W – It’s okay to clean this material with water.

S – Do not use water to clean this material. Use a solvent-based cleaner.

WS – It’s okay to use water or solvent-based cleaners on this material.

X – Only vacuum this material. Do not use water or solvent-based cleaners.


How to Clean Couch Stains

The best way to clean couch stains is to wipe the couch with the correct cleaning solution. Focus on scrubbing the stained areas and then allow the couch to dry.


The following tips should do the trick when it comes to cleaning each type of fabric, but make sure you check that cleaning tag and test products in an inconspicuous spot before applying them to the whole couch.


How to Clean Your Couch


Brush the couch. Prep the couch by brushing it with a clean white hand towel or a stiff brush. This will loosen anything that has dried onto the couch.


Apply baking soda. Sprinkle the entire couch with baking soda, and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. Using a brush attachment, vacuum the couch to remove the baking soda.


Make an all-purpose couch cleaner. While the baking soda sits on the couch, make this simple cleaner to tackle any remaining stains. Combine 1 tsp. dishwashing liquid, 1 Tbsp. white vinegar and 1 cup of warm water in a small spray bottle. Next, add 1 tsp. baking soda and quickly screw the top onto the spray bottle. 


Wipe down the couch. Spray a white cloth with the cleaning solution, and gently dab and rub any stains on the fabric. Alternatively, wipe down the entire couch with the solution for a good deep clean.


Let the fabric dry. Do not sit or place objects on the couch for a few hours, or until the couch has dried completely.