How to Clean Common Stains on Fabric Sofas

How to Clean Common Stains on Fabric Sofas

Fabric sofas are a common piece of furniture in households, but with everyday use, they are prone to various stains. In this blog post, we will share some effective methods for dealing with stains on fabric sofas, helping you maintain the cleanliness and appearance of your sofa.


Common Types of Stains

Before starting the cleaning process, it's essential to understand the common types of stains found on fabric sofas:

- Coffee, tea, red wine: These liquid stains may leave noticeable marks on the sofa.

- Soy sauce, tomato sauce: These stains may penetrate into the fabric fibers.

- Milk: Spilled milk can cause odor and discoloration.

- Chili oil: Chili oil stains are stubborn and challenging to clean.


Cleaning Steps

Initial Treatment

Use a vacuum cleaner or brush to remove dust and debris from the surface of the sofa. For non-removable covers, gently wipe the stained area with a clean cloth dampened with water.


Choice of Cleaner

Select a cleaner specifically designed for fabric sofas, such as Simple Green or 3M. These cleaners are relatively effective against most stains. However, before using any cleaning solution, test it on a small, inconspicuous area of the sofa to ensure it does not cause discoloration or damage.


Cleaning Process

Spray the cleaner onto the stain and follow the product instructions. Gently blot the stained area with a clean cloth. Avoid vigorous rubbing to prevent the grease from penetrating the fabric.


Precautionary Measures

Use a specialized fabric sofa protector to spray a protective film on the fabric surface, preventing stains from penetrating. The effectiveness of the protector typically lasts for about three months, after which you will need to reapply it. Alternatively, you can purchase sofa covers, as removable covers make cleaning much simpler.



Regular maintenance is essential for cleaning fabric sofas. Using a protector or sofa covers can significantly reduce the difficulty of cleaning. If you have any excellent cleaning tips, feel free to share them in the comments section.

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