How To Remove Water Stains From Fabric Sofa?

In today’s article, we will discuss how you can remove water stains from fabric sofa?

Removing stains from a sofa can be difficult as they are visible and look unpleasant. We have listed many ways to remove water stains from a fabric sofa. 

Let’s take a look at these tips and tricks. But other than looks, there is another reason why it is essential to remove water stains from fabric sofas. 

Why Remove Water Stains From Fabric Sofa?

Remove Water Stains From Fabric Sofa
Remove Water Stains From Fabric Sofa

Water can cause visible stains on your sofa, depending on the fabric material it is made of. Sometimes, certain materials do not react well with water and fade. Stains, on the other hand, minerals or debris in the water can leave a foul smell on the sofa.

Water stains on a fabric couch should be removed as soon as possible after a spill. It’s not only awful but leaving them wet and dirty can also cause allergies and mold inside of your sofa.

Ways To Get Rid Of Water Stains From Fabric Sofa

Get Rid Of Water Stains From Fabric Sofa
Get Rid Of Water Stains From Fabric Sofa

1- White Vinegar

The natural acetic acid in white vinegar makes it ideal for eliminating hard water stains from various surfaces and furniture, including your fabric sofa.

Things You’ll need

  • white vinegar, 2 cups
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • A piece of cloth
  • A brush with soft bristles


  1. Gently pat the stained area to remove the excess stain using a damp cloth.
  2. Combine the two liquids in the amounts specified (vinegar and water) to make a solution.
  3. Dab the stain with a piece of cloth dipped in the solution.
  4. Brush over with a soft-bristled brush, sweeping in circular motions.
  5. Let it dry for 30 minutes.
  6. Check the stain after a second rinse with the damp towel.
  7. This is the last step in the process. All you have to do now is repeat the steps above until the water stain fades as much as possible. After that, use a hairdryer to dry the damp surface. Usually, the hairdryer should be set to cool air mode.

2- Limescale

You need

  • Limescale
  • Vacuum
  • Microfiber towel


  1. You must use a clean vacuum cleaner for this method. Otherwise, the cloth may hold dirt and staining, making the situation even worse.
  2. If you’re going to dab with a towel, make sure it’s light-colored or white and, most importantly, clean cotton or microfiber.
  3. The following procedures should not rub the stain because it will only worsen.
  4. Use a cotton or microfiber towel instead of a sponge to apply any of the cures indicated below.
  5. If you’re going to wash your sofa fabric, make sure it’s water with as little limescale as possible, as lime tends to stain the fabric. You can also use it to be on the safe side.

3- Glass Cleaner

A glass cleaner is an unusual but excellent way to remove water stains from fabric sofas. First, let’s see the instructions.

You need

  • Glass cleaner (clear – don’t use blue glass cleaner because it will leave streaks)
  • Cotton cloth, white and clean


  1. Clean the stain with a glass cleaner.
  2. Allow it to settle in for a moment.
  3. Using a cloth and a little water, dab the area gently.
  4. Allow the area to dry.
  5. In the best-case scenario, the water stain should disappear.
  6. You can also use a hairdryer to dry the stained area if you don’t want to wait that long for it to dry (use it on cool settings, as said before).

4- Water

It sounds crazy, but yes, it is effective in most cases. Of course, you need to follow the instructions carefully. So let’s take a look.

You need

  • Distilled Water
  • Microfiber Towel


Wet the cotton cloth with water and dab it along the stain’s outlines.

5- Detergent

It is a little more complex, but it is ensured to clean your stain anyway. It leaves a perfect, spotless look.

You need

  • Detergent
  • Water
  • Cloth


  1. Combine the (mild) detergent in a water basin and stir thoroughly.
  2. To clean the sofa, wet a towel and dab it on it.
  3. However, because the color of your entire couch may change slightly due to the water stain, you should wipe the sofa as a whole rather than just the region with the water stain.

6- Lemon

Another effective solution for removing hard water stains from the sofa is lemon. The citric acid in the lemon will quickly remove the stains.

You need:

  • Two lemons, freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • A piece of fabric


  1. To make a solution, mix the lemon juice and water.
  2. Take the solution and pour it on the sofa’s afflicted area.
  3. Let for a 10-minute cooling period to allow the citric acid to break down the water stains.
  4. Spray more solution on the discoloration once the 10-minute period has passed.
  5. Then, while spraying the lemon solution over the discoloration, use a toothbrush to rub it gently.
  6. Check if the stain is disappearing.
  7. Rub the affected/stained area with a damp microfiber cloth. The stain will be transferred to the fabric.
  8. Repeat the process until the discoloration is completely removed.
  9. When you’re finished, pat the area dry with a dry towel.

7- Rubbing Alcohol

Another trick for removing water stains from your couch is rubbing alcohol.

You’ll need

  • 1 tbsp. isopropyl alcohol
  • Warm water (1/2 cup)
  • A rusted toothbrush
  • A bottle for spraying


  1. To dilute the alcohol, combine the two liquids.
  2. Fill a spray bottle halfway with the alcohol solution.
  3. Spray the water spots on the sofa with the rubbing alcohol solution.
  4. Make sure you use enough to cover the spots completely.
  5. Scrub gently in circular motions with your toothbrush to press the two items into the water stain.
  6. Allow around 10 minutes for the rubbing alcohol to absorb completely.
  7. To end the operation, dab a damp piece of cloth on the affected area.
  8. When you’re satisfied that your sofa is spotless, pat it dry.

Keep in mind that some fabric sofas have removable couch coverings that may be thrown in the washing machine. If that’s the case, spot cleans the area with the chemicals listed above and wash as usual.

8- OxiClean

You’ve most likely heard about the fantastic results of OxiClean cleanser. It can also be used to remove water stains from your fabric sofa. So use OxiClean if everything else fails.

You will need

  • OxiClean
  • A bath in warm water
  • A bottle for spraying
  • A brush with a soft bristle
  • A piece of fabric

Follow these steps

  1. Warm water must be mixed with OxiClean according to the package’s directions.
  2. Using OxiClean, saturate the soiled spot on the fabric sofa.
  3. After you’ve poured OxiClean, clean the area with a vacuum. Alternatively, work on the stain with a soft-bristled brush.
  4. Finish by patting the soiled area with a moist cloth. Any leftover stains will be transferred to the cloth in this manner.
  5. To dry the region, use a hairdryer.

9- Gall Soap

This method works well for old or stains that are very difficult to remove. Gall soap is best for removing hard stains from fabrics of any type. But use it gently as it may damage the fabric if not used correctly. 

You need

  • Gall soap
  • Distilled water
  • Fine cloth


  1. Fill a large spray bottle halfway with water and add some gall soap.
  2. Place the cotton towel on the stain after dipping it in the gall soap-water combination. 
  3. Allow the stain to absorb the mixture for a brief time.
  4. Using a distilled water-soaked cloth, wipe away the gall soap.
  5. Allow it to air dry for a few minutes.

10- Rock Salt

This method works very well on new stains. Let’s take a look at the instructions. 

You need

  • Salt
  • Portable Vacuum Cleaner


  1. Apply a bit of salt on your couch’s water stain (the amount of salt depends on the size of the stain)
  2. Give some time for the salt to absorb the liquid of your couch.
  3. To remove the salt off the sofa, use a clean vacuum cleaner.

11- Carbonated Water

It is recommended to use mineral water as it is considered the easiest way to get stains out of a couch, use carbonated mineral water.

You need

  • Carbonated Water
  • Microfiber Towel


  1. Using the mineral water, wet the cloth.
  2. Using a q-tip, dab a little stain along the outlines of the stain #
  3. Allow the area to dry.

Ways to Avoid Water Stains From Fabric Sofa

Suppose you see water stains becoming an unavoidable part of life. In that case, you need to buy or invest in a waterproof and good furniture cover. The best covers don’t need to be dry cleaned and placed in the washing machine when needed. 

Water shield sprays can be used on your furniture to make it water-resistant; however, if you want the look of the fabric on your couch to be on display.

This is an expensive option than purchasing a sofa cover. Also, keep in mind that using a spray may change the fabric’s feel. Your furniture, on the other hand, will look beautiful and tidy.


This article discussed some of the best and most effective ways to remove stains from your fabric sofa. Make sure to observe the condition of the cloth, as some methods like gull soap can damage the fabric if the condition of the fabric is terrible.

Moreover, we also recommended you use a fabric cover to avoid any mess, even if you spill any liquid on your sofa. 

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