How to Get Stains Out of a Tan Couch

Numerous items can cause stains on a sofa, and the proper removal method depends greatly on the type of stain you have.

Stain removal is much easier when you act quickly after a spill.Stain removal is much easier when you act quickly after a spill.
While stain removal can seem like a difficult task on light-colored fabrics, they are really no different from dark-colored materials. The faster you act after a spill, the more likely you are to fully remove the stain before it sets. For that reason, it's ideal to keep the items needed for stain removal in a convenient, easy-to-access place but out of reach of small children.

Blot stains that are still wet with a clean, dry towel or lint-free cloth to remove the excess moisture.

Rinse the stain with distilled water and blot the area with a clean towel or lint-free cloth if your tan fabric is non-protein based and identified with a "W" or "WS." Common fabrics of this type include acetate, nylon and polyester. If you have a stubborn stain, rub a small amount of water-soluble detergent into the area in a circular motion before rinsing and blotting with cool distilled water and a clean towel or lint-free cloth again.

Dab organic dye stains like mustard and fruit juice with a mixture that is 1 part white vinegar and 3 parts distilled water. Blot the stain with a clean towel or lint-free cloth.

Mix 2 tbsp. table salt with 1 quart of distilled water to remove bloodstains from tan fabric. Blot the stain and rinse with distilled water. If the stain persists, apply a 3:1 mixture of distilled water and hydrogen peroxide.

Combine equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water-soluble detergent and rub the mixture onto the stain in gentle circular motions to remove red wine. Rinse with distilled water.

Things You Will Need

  • Distilled water
  • Clean towel or lint-free cloth
  • Water-soluble detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Table salt
  • Hydrogen peroxide


  • Always test a small, hard-to-see portion of the sofa to make sure the fabric will not be negatively affected by the stain treatment. This is especially important when using hydrogen peroxide.
  • If you have a really stubborn stain that won't come off, take the item to a dry cleaner if it is an easily transportable item like a pillow, sofa cushion or slip cover.

About the Author

Christopher Godwin is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. He spent his formative years as a chef and bartender crafting signature dishes and cocktails as the head of an upscale catering firm. He has since ventured into sharing original creations and expertise with the public. Godwin has published poetry, fiction and nonfiction in publications like "Spork Magazine," "Cold Mountain Review" and "From Abalone To Zest."