How Do You Remove Water Stains From Upholstery?

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Remove water stains from upholstery by spraying the stains with a solution of vinegar mixed with water, blotting the stain with a clean white towel, and letting it dry thoroughly. Test the solution in an inconspicuous spot before applying to the stain. Reduce the drying time by directing a fan towards the wet upholstery.

  1. Mix the cleaning solution

    Mix 1/2 cup of vinegar with 2 cups of water, and fill a spray bottle. Test the solution in an inconspicuous area. If the solution causes additional spotting, try using distilled water in the bottle without adding vinegar, and repeat the test in another inconspicuous area before spraying the water spot.

  2. Spray the water spots

    Lightly mist the stain. Begin at the outer edge of the spot, and work in concentric circles toward the center. Use a white towel to dab the stain gently as you spray it. This also prevents the solution from wetting the padding below the surface of your furniture. Continue to spray and dab the spots until they disappear.

  3. Dry thoroughly

    Aim a fan or hair dryer at the damp spot to speed up the drying process. Keep the fan blowing on the area until it is completely dry to prevent mold or mildew growth.