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!
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  • Such good tips and tricks!
    Our couch is destroyed from our toddler continuously wiping her dirty hands all over it lol.
    I’ll have to use the disgracing liquid and vinegar trick.


  • Thank you another good article on maintenance in the house. Not only cleaning furniture yet the cushions.


  • Ive tried wet/dry vac that has a feature specifically for lounges but found it left streak marks,
    I’ve tried other spotted stain removal tricks and they get rid of the stain, but leave the cleaning ring around it. Might have to try a bissel like lots of the comments have suggested.


  • Great suggestions.


  • Thanks for the suggestions. I need to try to remove a stain from kids toy goo.


  • What about wee stains for toilet training children? Any ideas for that?


  • I’m going to have to get one of the antibacterial sponges to get rid of my cat urine. Saves me removing all the couch cushion covers to put in the washing machine.


  • Great tips!
    I use KOH and its amazing also for those stains on carpet too


  • Great article. I sprayed my lounge with a protector, has made it so much easier to clean the accidently spills.


  • We’ve just bought a Bissell vacuum and it’s brilliant for this


  • Wonderful tips, thanks for sharing


  • We have a leather
    Couch but good tips


  • Kirchner steamer is the bomb!


  • We’ve just bought a Bissel and it has an attachment for this. Im yet to try it tho. Our lounge suite has big fluffy blankets to protect and keep them clean


  • Thank god I have these tips. I so want to chuck my dirty couches out.. Ughhh..


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