How to get water stains out of the Couch – 8 Reliable Methods

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Accidentally spilling a glass of water on the couch while drinking or just dripping something and already, you will be confronted with one of the most vexing challenges: How to get water stains out of the couch? Unfortunately, especially on fabric sofas, those tedious stains are just too eye-catching. Probably everyone who has ever had this kind of blemish on their favorite piece of furniture knows that removing water stains from the couch is not as easy as it may seem at first.

Because water stains can be absolutely tiresome. Fortunately, there are a few simple home remedies that can work wonders against those annoying stains on the couch. That’s why we have tested the best methods to remove water stains from the sofa. So that you, too, can finally get rid of these pesky blots on your sofa.

Author’s note: The photos you can find in this post show how I removed the water stains from our sofa.

How to avoid water stains in the first place?

As soon as a drop of water hits the sofa, if possible, don’t let time pass by. Because the longer the water is acting on the fabric, the greater the chance that they will leave watermarks on it. Dab the water dry with paper towels or a light, clean microfiber or cotton cloth. You should definitely be careful not to rub over the stain. Because this only pushes the liquid further into the fabric of the textile.

Another option is to pour salt on the spot. The salt helps to soak up the liquid, much like a red wine stain on the carpet. Once the salt has soaked up the liquid, you can vacuum it up with a clean vacuum cleaner.

How to get water stain from the couch

Before - after water stains on Sofa
Also your couch can be so clean again.

Extra tips – how to remove water stains from the couch

  • The vacuum cleaner you use must be spotless. Otherwise, there may be dirt and discoloration in the fabric, which can make the stain even worse
  • If you use a towel to dab, you should definitely use a light-colored or white and, above all, clean cotton or microfiber towel or cloth.
  • You shouldn’t rub the stain in any of the following methods because this can make the stain worse.
  • Do not use a sponge to apply any of the remedies listed below, instead use a cotton or microfiber towel.
  • If you use water on your sofa fabric, this should always be water with as little limescale as possible, as the lime tends to stain the upholstery. To be on the safe side, you can also use distilled water.

Preparation – vacuum your sofa

Before starting the actual stain removal, you should vacuum the cover briefly. This will prevent dust or other dirt particles from remaining on the couch cover. Because if you want to remove the water stain from the couch, you should definitely avoid the stain being made worse or further discolored by dirt deposits.

Method 1 – Glass Cleaner

Remove water stains on sofa with glass cleaner
Easily remove the water stains on your couch with glass cleaner

For this method, you need

  • Glass cleaner (transparent – no blue glass cleaner as it’s likely to leave stains)
  • white & clean cotton cloth

This is how it works

  1. Spray some glass cleaner on the stain
  2. Let it soak in for a moment
  3. Dab with a little water and a cloth
  4. Let the area dry
  5. In the best case, the water stain has now disappeared

Extra tip: If you don’t want to wait that long for the area to dry, you can also use a hairdryer to dry the area

Method 2 – Water

Sometimes it helps to fight fire with fire – or water with water in this case. But be careful because in some cases, this method can make the stain even worse

For this method, you need

  • Water (distilled or low-lime water)
  • A cloth

This is how it works

  1. Wet the fabric cloth with the water
  2. Dab along the outlines of the stain
  3. Let dry

Method 3 – Mineral water

Some swear by carbonated mineral water as the best way to get stains out of the couch.

For this method, you need

  • Mineral water with gas
  • a cloth

This is how it works

  1. Wet the cloth with the mineral water
  2. Dab a little along the outlines of the stain
  3. #Let the area dry

Method 4 – Salt

Salt on couch water stains
Sometimes it helps to rub salt in the wound on the water stains

This trick is particularly effective on fresh stains.

For this method, you need

  • Salt
  • Vacuum cleaner

This is how it works

  1. Put a little salt on the water stain on your couch (the amount of salt depends on the size of the stain)
  2. Give the salt some time to absorb the liquid from your couch
  3. Use a clean vacuum cleaner to clean the salt off the sofa

Method 5 – Laundry detergent

Dry the upholstery in the sun
It’s even more comfortable if you can remove the cushion. So it can dry faster

This method is a little more complex. So try one of the other ways first. But if you always planned to clean your couch anyway, it’s perfect.

For this method, you need

  • (Mild) detergent
  • water
  • cloth

This is how it works

  1. Add the (mild) detergent to a bowl of water and mix the two well
  2. Dip a cloth in the water and dab it on the sofa
  3. However, since the color of your entire couch might change slightly, you should wipe sofa as the whole instead of only the spot with the water stain

Method 6 – Gall soap

This method is suitable for particularly stubborn stains.

For this method, you need

  • Gall soap
  • (Distilled) water
  • cloth

This is how it works

  1. Mix some gall soap with water
  2. Dip the cotton cloth in the gall soap-water mixture and place it on the stain
  3. Let the stain absorb the mixture for a short time
  4. Remove the gall soap with a cloth dipped in distilled water
  5. let dry

Method 7 – Vinegar

clean sofa pillow
Our sofa looks so clean again after removing the stains

If nothing works, vinegar can be a solution. Try not to use too much vinegar, however, as it can leave a strong smell on your couch. Make sure beforehand that the vinegar won’t damage the material on your couch.

For this method, you need

  • vinegar
  • (Distilled) water
  • fabric cloth

This is how it works

  1. Add a few spoonfuls of vinegar to a bowl of lukewarm water and mix the two
  2. Add some of the vinegar-water mixture to the stain using a cloth
  3. If necessary, dab with distilled water
  4. let dry

Method 8 – Textile cleaner

For this method, you need

  • Textile cleaner (for example, this one)

This is how it works

  1. Use according to package instructions (usually spray on the stain and vacuum later or similar)

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