How to Remove Pancake Syrup From Upholstry

Mary Ylisela

Whether your dining room chairs are upholstered or someone was eating pancakes in your living room, spilled pancake syrup on furniture can create a sticky mess. When not completely removed from your furniture, the syrup soaks into the upholstery fibers and hardens.

A sticky mess is sure to be created by spilled pancake syrup.

During this process, it will attract and hold onto other dirt and debris resulting in further stain and discoloration. Treat the pancake syrup spill as quickly as possible, taking the time to make sure you remove the syrup from the surface and fibers.

    Removing stain substance makes it easier to clean your upholstery.
  1. Scoop up excess pancake syrup from your furniture with a spoon. Remove as much of the syrup as possible for easier stain removal. Discard the syrup by rinsing it down the drain.

  2. Pour 1 tbsp. of dishwashing detergent into a bowl. Add 2 cups warm water and stir the ingredients to create a soapy solution.

  3. Sponge and blot a syrup stain to lift the stain without spreading it.
  4. Soak a clean sponge in the soap solution, then blot the remaining syrup stain, working from the outside of the stain in towards the middle. Rinse your sponge frequently.

  5. Rinse the soapy solution from your upholstery with a water-dampened cloth. Sponge the site of the pancake syrup spill on your upholstery, rinsing the cloth often before continuing to sponge until the soap solution is gone.

  6. Combine 2 tbsp. ammonia with 1 quart lukewarm water. Wet a clean cloth with the diluted ammonia solution and blot the remaining pancake syrup stain, removing as much of the stain as possible. Rinse your upholstery with a water-dampened cloth to remove the ammonia solution.

  7. Press a dry cloth into your upholstery to wick up moisture from the stain removal process. Allow your furniture to air dry fully.

  8. Brush your upholstery fabric at the site of the stain, while still damp, if the upholstery has pile. Brush with the pile while the fabric is damp and against the pile once it dries.

  9. Tip

    Use an electric fan or warm air from an open window to aid in the drying process of your upholstery.


    Rubbing and scrubbing a pancake syrup stain will likely spread the syrup further into the fibers.