How to remove stains from a white couch

White couches lend beauty and elegance to a room but act as magnets for dirt, spills and muddy shoes. If you own a white couch, it will eventually get stained. Couch stains jump out to the discerning eye, and the pale colouring of white couches make stains that much more noticeable. Many people try bleaching the stains and end up discolouring the couch. Remove stains from a white couch without having to use a slipcover.

Clean up any spills immediately, using a dampened cloth. Blot the stain to avoid spreading it.

Apply a paste of baking soda and water on coffee or wine stains. Apply cornflour on grease and oil stains. Allow the cleaning agent to sit for 15 minutes, then clean it up. Again, blot rather than wipe.

Vacuum the spot after removing the stain. Inspect the couch for any remaining signs of the spill. Repeat the process if necessary until the stain is removed.

Add 1/2 cup of powdered laundry detergent--make sure it does not contain bleach--to 1/4 cup of water, if any sign of the stain remains. Whip the mixture until it turns into a light, foamy paste.

Clean the remnants of the stain with the foamy paste. Apply the paste using a damp rag. Allow it to sit for one minute, then rinse it off using another damp rag.

Clean the entire couch, applying and removing the paste in 2-foot sections at a time. Cleaning the entire couch with the paste prevents having one overly white patch where the stain used to be.


Apply a small amount of each cleaning agent to an inconspicuous area first, if you are worried about possible discolouration.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean cloth
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Cornflour
  • Vacuum
  • 1/2 cup washing powder
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Brad Chacos started writing professionally in 2005, specializing in electronics and technology. His work has appeared in, Gizmodo, "PC Gamer," "Maximum PC,",, "Wired,", and more. Chacos is a frequent contributor to "PCWorld," "Laptop Magazine" and the Intuit Small Business Blog.