January 11, 2021


Is your couch looking a little tired? Then these tried and tested tips for removing couch stains are for you!

It’s almost as if it happens in slow motion. One minute, your red wine is carefully resting on your knee, the next, you are faced with the reality of couch stains that seem impossible to remove. It’s the stuff of cleaning nightmares. While you sometimes have to laugh at yourself for ever thinking a cream couch was a good idea, the lasting reminders of sticky fingers, pet paws, and TV dinners can be a real headache. If your couch is starting to look a little worse for wear, then why not give our tried and tested tips for removing tough couch stains a go!

Wine Stains

If you’re hosting a party of any size, or just having a quiet night at home, it’s inevitable that your couch will get its fair share of use. Whether it’s a pre-dinner cheese and wine combination or a late-night glass of rose, neither fabric nor leather couches are safe from the staying power of a wine stain. If a damp cloth just isn’t cutting it, try adding a little sparkling water to your Oates Anti Bacterial Sponge Scourer and gently dab the area until the stain is removed. Don’t have sparkling water to hand? A quick mixture of mild detergent and lukewarm water is also effective and safe for most leathers and fabrics.

Pet Stains

Even if you started with the best intentions and planned to keep your pets off the furniture, over the years the rules tend to relax a little. It’s hard to say no when they’re just so cute! While we think puppy cuddles are definitely worth the mess, they can also lead to couch stains that just won’t budge. Thankfully, there is an easy solution for muddy paw prints and unexpected accidents. The combination of warm water and a little baking soda on the sponge side of your Oates Anti Bacterial Sponge Scourer can work wonders, particularly for fabric couches. Be sure to gently blot the stain, taking note of specific care instructions, and your couch will look as good as new!

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Ink Stains

We’re all for children being creative but sometimes their creativity can lead to artwork popping up in unexpected places, resulting in couch stains that are at risk of becoming a permanent feature. Even though the best artists make a mess, it doesn’t have to last! The Oates Anti Bacterial Sponge Scourer is your go-to when it comes to ink stains that you don’t want to hang around. For fabric couches, blotting the stain with a mix of mild detergent and white vinegar on the sponge and rinsing with lukewarm water should do the trick, and for leather, a small amount of nail polish remover diluted with water is an ink-busting solution that is quick and effective. Be sure to avoid scrubbing though – the stain will eventually come out with gentle blotting and you’ll never even know it was there!

Food Stains

There’s nothing worse than indulging in a sneaky piece of chocolate only to leave behind the evidence of a sticky couch stain. If you want to destroy the evidence before it’s discovered, spraying the area with a mixture of white vinegar and water and leaving it for thirty minutes before wiping with the Oates Anti Bacterial Sponge Scourer removes food stains with ease. For leather couches, simply running the sponge under warm water and blotting the stain is enough to get the job done without the need for additional cleaning products.

So before you give up and accept that couch stains are just a fact of life, try these simple tips and you’ll never have to stress about mess again!

Have you got a quick and easy tip to get rid of couch stains for good? SHARE it in the comments!

We are proud to be working closely with the Oates team to bring you this article. We love that Oates is Proudly Australian with quality products and prices that mean all of us can make light work of every mess. Whatever mess you’ve got – big or small – clean up is easy with Oates.
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  • It’s best to act quickly


  • Its always good to do it asap before they get dry.


  • I’m hoping these tips will help to bring my recliners back to life. I’m not expecting them to come back like new but I’m sure they’ll look and smell fresher


  • I love the look of my mint green couch, until water spilt on it. Im hoping these tips will help remove the water ring mark.

    • Yes, some materials give awful marks ! It can help to treat them with a waterproof protector


  • I love these great tips, I have a child and dog and I’m always trying to get stains out of furniture etc… so this is great to know


  • Thanks for the good hints for cleaning the lounge.


  • Getting the couch stain proofed when we bought it has helped a lot.


  • I have a leather lounge that always gets makeup or foot stains. I have used the scour n sponge (with the soft side) with some glass cleaner and this seems to take the stains away gently.


  • I wonder what makes those Oates scourers “antibacterial”.


  • I usually cover the couch with old bed sheet.It is hard to clean it all the time with 3 kids.Bed sheet are easy to clean.But always remove it when guest come over.Happy with my couch looks new.

    • That’s a great idea. Sheets are so much easier to replace and clean.


  • I always use some washing detergent and warm water. This works for carpet too.


  • we have leather in our household, any recommendations to look after it and keep it clean?


  • I wonder how well it works for older stains?


  • a little wipe over with leather cleaners on leather couches seems to work ok


  • I’m a pay for someone to do it gal. My most hated task right next to folding clothes.
    But these are great tips for when I need to do it.


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