How to Remove Coffee Stains From Your Couch

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Coffee stains on a couch can be unsightly and difficult to remove, but with the right tools and techniques, it can be done. 

Removing coffee stains as soon as they happen is important to make the process easier. 

In this guide, I will walk you through the steps and provide tips on how to effectively remove coffee stains from your couch. 

Additionally, I will provide some considerations and warnings to keep in mind to avoid any damage to your couch. 

Whether it’s a fresh stain or an old one, this guide will help you restore the appearance of your couch. 

So, let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

  • White cloth or paper towel
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Clean, dry cloth
  • Vacuum cleaner (optional)


  1. Blot the stain with a white cloth or paper towel to remove as much of the coffee as possible.
  2. Mix a small amount of liquid dish soap with water to create a cleaning solution.
  3. Dip a clean, white cloth into the solution and wring it out so it’s damp but not soaking wet.
  4. Apply the solution to the stain, working from the outside to avoid spreading the stain.
  5. Blot the stain with a dry cloth to remove the cleaning solution and the stain.
  6. Mix a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water.
  7. Apply the solution to the stain, and then sprinkle baking soda over the top.
  8. Allow the solution to sit for at least 10 minutes, or longer if the stain is particularly stubborn.
  9. Using a clean, dry cloth, blot the stain to remove the vinegar and baking soda solution.
  10. Vacuum the area to remove any remaining baking soda.

Tips for Removing Coffee Stains from Couch and Avoiding Spilling Coffee:

  • Act quickly: The longer a coffee stain sits on your couch, the harder it will be to remove.
  • Blot, don’t rub: Rubbing the stain will only spread it and make it harder to remove.
  • Test a small, inconspicuous area first: Before using a cleaning solution on the entire stain, test it on a small, inconspicuous area to make sure it won’t damage your couch.
  • Be careful: If you can’t remove the stain, it’s best to leave it to a professional cleaner.

Things to Consider:

  • Type of couch: Different types of couch materials may require different cleaning methods, so it’s important to know what type of couch you have before attempting to remove a stain.
  • Age of stain: The age of the stain will affect how easy it is to remove. Fresh stains are generally easier to remove than older, set-in stains.
  • Color of the couch: Another thing to consider when removing coffee stains from a couch is the color of the couch. Light-colored couches are more likely to show stains, so it’s important to be extra cautious when cleaning them. Also, some cleaning solutions may cause discoloration on light-colored fabrics.
  • Use a couch protector or couch cover: You may want to consider using a fabric protector or couch cover to help protect the couch from future stains.

Dealing with Set-In Coffee Stains on Your Couch

If the stain is already set in and has been there for a while, you can try using a commercial upholstery cleaner.

Be sure to test a small, inconspicuous area before using the cleaner on the entire stain. If the stain is still there after trying everything, it may be best to call in a professional cleaner.

How About Leather Couches?

Removing coffee stains from leather couches can be slightly different than removing them from other types of fabrics.

Leather is a natural material that can be sensitive to certain cleaning products, so it’s important to use the appropriate cleaning solutions and methods

If a coffee stain on a leather couch is not treated properly, it can cause discoloration or damage to the surface of the leather. It is always recommended to consult the manufacturer’s instructions or a professional cleaner for leather couches.

When All Else Fails, Call a Professional

When it comes to removing coffee stains from a couch, it’s always best to act quickly and tackle the stain as soon as it happens. However, sometimes, even with the best efforts, a stain can be stubborn and hard to remove. 

In such cases, it may be best to call in a professional cleaner. They have the expertise, equipment, and products to handle even the most challenging stains. 

They will also be able to determine the best course of action for your specific couch, whether it be a cleaning solution, a specialized technique, or even a repair. 

Calling a professional cleaner will not only save you time and hassle but will also ensure that your couch is properly cleaned and protected without any damage.


Removing coffee stains from a couch can be a challenge, but with the right tools and techniques, it is possible to successfully remove the stain and restore the appearance of your couch. 

I hope that this method of cleaning and tips will help you in your quest to remove that stubborn coffee stain from your couch.

Spilled coffee on your carpet? Check out Remove Coffee Stains on Carpets with Baking Soda and Vinegar.  

Thanks for dropping by and reading this article.

-Baking Soda Guy

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