It’s no secret that a white sofa is adds style to any room it graces. Unfortunately, it’s extremely easy for this type of sofa to become dirty and ruin the effect. Peanut butter and red wine stains quickly destroy the aura of style and grace pristine white furniture creates. But don’t go hurrying to throw it out or reupholster! Here’s how you can clean white furniture so it’s good as new.

Thankfully, there are many different methods that can be taken in order to ensure that your white furniture is always kept as clean beautiful as possible.


Accumulated dust and dirt can turn your white furniture gray or brown. Don’t be afraid to take your vacuum to it! It is fabric, after all. If left to accumulate, dust and dirt are only one wet towel or post-shower hairstyle away from becoming mud and staining your couch. You also risk a muddy situation if you try to clean your upholstery with a wet cloth without vacuuming beforehand.

Treat Stains Quickly

If you happen to notice a stain of any kind on the sofa, begin treating it immediately. Blot the stain with a clean cloth (don’t rub it in deeper!). It’s important to note that what you use to clean a stain will depend on the actual type of stain that’s on the sofa. For instance, coffee and wine stains can be cleaned with a paste made with baking soda and water. Simply apply the paste with a cloth and allow it to sit for a few short minutes before dabbing it off. For red wine stains that are fresh, apply some salt to the stain, then scrape it away. Oil and grease stains can be covered in corn starch. This should be left on the stain for around 15 to 20 minutes, then vacuumed off.

Foam Cleanser for Full Upholstery

The next step will be to create a special foam cleanser. This can be made using a half cup of powdered mild laundry detergent and one-fourth cup of water in a small mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, mix the detergent and water until you have a whipped, foamy paste. If the paste is too watery, add more powder. If it’s too thick, add more water.

You can clean your entire sofa with this foam cleanser and a damp (not sopping wet!) cleaning rag. Make sure you spot check first! Clean a small, non-visible area (like the back of the sofa) first and let it try. Some fabrics of fabric treatments may react different, so it’s better to be on the safe side! Use a separate clean damp rag to clean off the detergent. Let it dry completely – to be on the safe side, leave it about 48 hours. If the dirt and grime is lifted away and the area is cleaned without any issue whatsoever, then apply the same method to the entire sofa.

Vacuum Again

Once the whole sofa is dry, vacuum it again to ensure you have removed all of the cleaner. Good as new!

We are Bates Cleaning Service, a reputable and reliable residential and commercial cleaning service company in Austin, Cedar Park, and surrounding areas! Whether you need a one-time service or consistent cleanings, contact us at (512) 887-8507.