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How to Clean Red Sauce From Upholstery

April Dowling

Although tomato sauce complements pizza and pasta, it doesn’t enhance upholstery. Eating tomato sauce while lounging on furniture makes upholstery vulnerable to red sauce stains. Tomato sauce permeates upholstery and eventually dries, leaving furniture blemished with crusty, red stains.

Red sauce ruins a couch’s appearance.

Like all food stains, tomato sauce is best removed when fresh. The longer the red sauce lingers on furniture, the more difficult upholstery becomes to restore. Promptly remove red tomato sauce from upholstery using basic, convenient techniques.

  1. Blot up excess red sauce off the upholstery’s surface using paper towels. Do not rub the sauce stain, as this smears it.

  2. Add cool water to a spray bottle. Douse the remaining sauce stain with the water. Let the sauce-stained upholstery soak for one minute.

  3. Blot the moistened stain with fresh paper towels. Lift as much red sauce from the upholstery as possible.

  4. Prepare a detergent solution if stubborn red sauce remains in the upholstery. Fill a cleaning pail with 2 cups of cold water, and then stir in 1 tablespoon of bleach-free liquid dishwashing detergent.

  5. Dampen a cloth with the solution. Using the moist cloth, tamp the remaining red sauce stain until it disappears completely.

  6. Moisten another cloth with cool water. Blot the previously stained area, thoroughly rinsing the upholstery.

  7. Blot the damp upholstery with a towel. Absorb as much moisture as possible.

  8. Tip

    Repeat the procedure as needed if the red sauce stain is extremely embedded in the upholstery.


    Dishwashing detergents containing bleach may stain upholstery.