How to get coffee out of the couch

If you’re like most coffee drinkers, you’ve probably experienced the dreaded scenario of spilling your morning cup of joe all over your beloved couch. Coffee stains can be one of the trickiest to remove from upholstery, but with the right techniques, you can get that couch looking good as new in no time. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process for safely and effectively removing coffee stains from your couch.

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Act Quickly

The key to successfully removing a coffee stain from your couch is to act quickly. The longer a coffee stain sits, the deeper it will set into the fabric, making it much harder to remove. As soon as you spill, spring into action. Grab some clean, absorbent towels or paper towels and blot the affected area. Don’t rub the stain, as this can cause it to spread. Simply press down on the area to soak up as much of the coffee as possible.

Identify the Fabric Type

Before you start treating the stain, it’s important to identify the type of fabric your couch is made from. Different fabrics require different cleaning methods, so this information will be crucial for selecting the right approach. Common couch fabric types include:

Fabric TypeCharacteristics
MicrofiberA synthetic fabric that is stain-resistant and easy to clean.
LeatherA natural material that requires special care to avoid damage.
VelvetA luxurious fabric that is more delicate and prone to water stains.
LinenA natural fabric that can be tricky to clean without causing damage.
ChenilleA soft, fuzzy fabric that can be challenging to clean without leaving water marks.

Once you’ve determined the fabric, you can move on to the next step.

Use the Right Cleaning Solution

Now that you’ve got the fabric type figured out, it’s time to select the appropriate cleaning solution. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive scrubbing, as these can damage the couch fabric. Instead, stick to gentle, DIY solutions that are safe for upholstery:

For Microfiber Couches:

  • Mix one part white vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle. Spray directly onto the stain and blot with a clean cloth.
  • Use a specialized microfiber cleaner, such as the Therapy Premium Microfiber Cleaner, following the instructions on the label.

For Leather Couches:

  • Gently blot the stain with a clean cloth dampened with warm water.
  • Use a small amount of mild, liquid dish soap diluted in water. Avoid getting the leather too wet.
  • Apply a leather conditioner, like the Bickmore Bick 4 Leather Conditioner, after cleaning to restore moisture and prevent cracking.

For Velvet Couches:

  • Sprinkle some baking soda directly on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes to absorb the coffee.
  • Gently brush the baking soda away with a soft-bristle brush, such as the BESTOOL Upholstery Brush.
  • Avoid using any liquid cleaners, as they can leave water marks on velvet.

For Linen Couches:

  • Make a solution of one part white vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle.
  • Lightly mist the stained area and blot it with a clean cloth.
  • You can also try using a mild, colourless dish soap diluted in water.

For Chenille Couches:

  • Blot the stain with a clean, damp cloth to lift as much of the coffee as possible.
  • Mix a small amount of mild dish soap with water and gently sponge the solution onto the stain.
  • Avoid rubbing or scrubbing, as this can damage the delicate chenille fibres.

Remember to test any cleaning solution in an inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t cause discolouration or damage to the fabric.

Blot, Don’t Rub

When it comes to removing coffee stains from your couch, the key is to blot, not rub. Rubbing the stain can cause it to spread and set deeper into the fabric. Instead, gently blot the area with a clean, absorbent cloth or paper towel. Apply light, even pressure to lift as much of the coffee as possible.

If the stain persists, you can try blotting it with a small amount of the cleaning solution you selected earlier. Avoid saturating the fabric, as this can lead to water marks or damage. Blot the area until the stain is no longer visible, then use a clean, damp cloth to remove any remaining cleaning solution.

Use Baking Soda for Stubborn Stains

For those extra stubborn coffee stains that just won’t budge, baking soda can be a secret weapon. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda directly onto the affected area and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. The baking soda will help to draw out the coffee and absorb any lingering moisture.

After the baking soda has had time to work its magic, use a clean, damp cloth to blot the area and lift the baking soda. You may need to repeat this process a few times for really tough stains. Just be sure to avoid rubbing, as this can spread the stain.

Once the stain is removed, use a clean, dry cloth to blot the area and remove any excess moisture. You may also want to use a small amount of the appropriate cleaning solution to ensure all traces of the coffee and baking soda are gone.

Prevent Future Stains

Now that you’ve successfully removed that pesky coffee stain, it’s time to think about prevention. Here are some tips to help keep your couch looking its best:

  • Use coasters and trays when enjoying drinks on the couch. This will create a barrier between the liquid and the fabric.
  • Be extra cautious when eating or drinking on the couch. Keep absorbent couch arm covers and cleaning supplies within reach in case of spills.
  • Consider using a couch cover or throw blanket to protect the upholstery when not in use.
  • Vacuum and clean your couch regularly with a specialized upholstery cleaner to remove dirt, crumbs, and other debris that can lead to stains.
  • If you do spill something, act quickly to blot and clean the area before the stain has a chance to set.

By following these simple tips, you can help ensure that your couch stays looking fresh and stain-free for years to come.


Removing coffee stains from your couch doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With the right techniques and a little elbow grease, you can get that upholstery looking good as new in no time. Remember to act quickly, identify the fabric type, use the appropriate cleaning solution, and avoid rubbing. And don’t forget the magical power of baking soda for those stubborn stains.

By following the steps outlined in this guide, you’ll be well on your way to a spotless, coffee-free couch. So go ahead, indulge in your morning cup of joe without fear – just be sure to keep those blotting cloths handy!

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As the founder of Clean It Spotless, I am Melissa Walker, a leading expert in removing tough stains from fabrics, carpets, and upholstery. With over 10 years of experience in the cleaning industry, I have developed my own natural, non-toxic stain-fighting formulas that lift stains while preserving the integrity of the underlying material. My stain removal tutorials are widely read online, and I have appeared on local TV segments demonstrating my techniques. I also present popular stain removal workshops at community centers and schools.