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Lightning-Fast Sofa Stain Fixes

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Jessica
10.26.12

Scary movies sometimes lead to spilled wine. And occasionally, buttered popcorn lingers on your sofa longer than you’d like to admit. If your “no food on the couch” rule never seems to stick, try one of these fast, easy sofa stain fixes. Because really, watching a football game without a snack is like driving a car without a license: Not okay!

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As always, read your manufacturer’s instructions before putting anything on your sofa. If you can’t find your instructions, test a small amount of cleaning solution on the back or underside of your sofa first to make sure it isn’t going to cause any damage or discoloration.

Upholstery. Grab a handful of paper towels and blot up the stain as quickly as possible. Don’t rub it into the fabric, because that will make the stain even worse! If blotting doesn’t work, or the stain has been there for a long time, cover the area with baking soda and let it sit for fifteen minutes. Then, vacuum up the powder.

If your stain is grease-based, the baking soda might not do the trick. Apply a small amount of dish soap to the stain, and then use a damp cloth to wipe it away. Also, be sure to regularly vacuum your upholstered sofa to prevent dirt (and food) from settling into the fabric.

Leather. If your leather sofa has somehow adopted a greasy handprint design, drop a dollop of mild soap onto the dirty spot and work it into a lather with a damp cloth. Don’t get the leather too wet or you’ll ruin it! Using a second damp cloth, wipe off the lather completely and then polish the spot with a dry cloth. Follow up with a leather conditioner. Tip: Butter conditions, too!

Faux Leather. Your faux leather sofa looks like the real thing, but that means it stains like the real thing, too. One over-enthusiastic cheer for your favorite football team will send beer flying into your leather, leaving a nasty stain. To clean it up, dab rubbing alcohol with a soft cloth into the problem area until the stain disappears. If rubbing alcohol doesn’t do the trick, try mild soap. Apply the soap using the same techniques as you would with real leather.

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