November 27, 2015

How to Remove Stains From Your White Sofa




If you’ve got a young child or children then this ‘How To’ guide may be quite handy for you.

Any parent will know how annoying it is when you find a stain on your sofa. With youngsters running around you could end up with anything on there from chocolate to a drink, both of which are a pain to remove, like some of the more common stains too.

A pre-removal tip is to apply a small amount of each of the cleaning agents listed below to an discreet area of the sofa to test for any discolouration. Only do this if you’re worried about any discolouration.

You’ll need a few things to clean the stain from your white sofa, they are as follows:

  • Clean cloth
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Cornflour
  • Vacuum
  • 1/2 cup washing powder
Stop the Stain

First of all you need to stop the stain from spreading and you must immediately clean up any spills with a damp cloth.


If you’re dealing with a coffee stain, once you’ve stopped it from spreading, you must apply a paste of baking soda and water. If you’re dealing with any oil/grease stains, you need to apply cornflour instead of baking soda.

Allow the cleaning agent to sit for 15 minutes before you clean up the mess. Don’t wipe it, just dab it. Wiping it will cause it to spread and you may be making more work for yourself.


Once you’ve removed the stain, vacuum the sofa. After you’ve vacuumed it, check for any remaining signs of the spillage/stain and if there’s anything there, repeat the process of removing it.

The Remainder

In order to clean the rest of the couch so that you’re not left with one overly white patch of sofa where the stain used to be, add half a cup of powdered detergent that doesn’t contain any bleach to a quarter of a cup of water .

If any of the stain remains, keep whipping the mixture until it turns into a foamy, light paste. With this foamy paste, you should clean the rest of the sofa using a damp cloth to apply it, let it sit for a minute or two then use another damp cloth to rinse it off.

If you follow this process and apply the paste in areas about 2-foot then you should be able to get the whole thing done and you’ll be left with a nice white sofa instead of one really white patch.


This article has been written by Lauren Grice of Custard, on behalf of AHF Furniture. They are headquartered in Peterborough but they have stores up and down the UK.




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