Print Friendly and PDFPrint Friendly


How to get Soap Residue Out of Fabric Couch

by Kim
(Canada)

Please help! My baby spit up his entire bottle on our couch.


I read to blot dry with a paper towel, and then apply kitchen soap to the area (blot), and then water to help get rid of the soap. The problem is that now I have a giant soap stain on the couch!

It looks awful and I'm not sure what to do. Any tips on how to spot treat it? I'm not sure I'll be able to get the material back on the cushion if I take it off.

Comments for How to get Soap Residue Out of Fabric Couch

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Feb 03, 2016
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Getting Soap Residue Out of Fabric Couch
by: Tara@Clean-Organized-Family-Home

Hi Kim,

It sounds like the soap solution wasn't completely removed during the final stain removal.

Spot cleaning the residue is the right way to tackle the remaining stain - I've found that often when I take cushion covers off, I can't get them on again, either. It's a laundry thing.

The good news is that soap residue is probably a lot easier to remove.

I'd recommend starting with your final step - the rinse blot part. Using warm water and a soft cloth, gently dampen the soap stain. Rinse your cloth, then blot again.

You should see the soapy residue begin to fade. Rinse the rag (to remove soaked-up soap) after each application. Repeat and keep blotting until it is all the way gone.

The key here is to take it slow and don't get the area wet - just damp enough that a rag can lift off, one small bit at a time.

Good luck!

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Cleaning Questions and Tips.


About the Author

Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.