Sophie said, “I got a juice stain on my best friends NEW couch! How do I fix it without her noticing??? HELLLLPPPPPP?!!!!!”
A healthy glass of juice is a great treat to enjoy, until it spills on the couch. Thankfully, you can use this guide to remove any type of juice stain. Follow the steps below until the stain is removed, then you can drink juice more confidently in the future knowing exactly how to handle a spill.¹
Removing the Stain
You Will Need:
- Paper towels
- Vegetable glycerin
- A cloth
- An upholstery enzyme cleaner
- Dish liquid
- White vinegar
- Hydrogen peroxide
- A hair dryer
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- If the stain is fresh, blot the area with paper towels to remove as much of the juice as possible.²
- If the stain is old, rub some liquid vegetable glycerin into the stain to freshen it. Let the glycerin sit on the stain for about half an hour before continuing to treat the stain.³
- Soak a clean cloth with cool water, wring the cloth out so that it’s only damp, not dripping, and blot the stain with the cloth. Turn the cloth to a fresh spot as the stain is transferred to it.³
- Apply an enzyme digester that is safe for upholstery, following the instructions on the product label. A pet stain remover, such as Nature’s Miracle, is a great choice.
- If you don’t have an enzyme remover available, try using dish liquid. Mix a squirt of dish liquid in a cup of water and stir it well to make suds. Blot the solution onto the stain with a clean cloth. Rotate the cloth to a clean area as the stain is transferred to it.¹
- If the dish liquid does not fully remove the stain, use white vinegar. Mix one tablespoon of vinegar with eight tablespoons of water. Test the peroxide on a small, hidden area of the upholstery first to look for any adverse reaction, and if safe, blot the solution on the stain with a clean cloth.¹
- If the stain is stubborn, use 3% hydrogen peroxide. Test the peroxide on a small, hidden area of the upholstery first to look for any adverse reaction, and if safe, dab it onto the stain.²
- Once the stain is gone, blot the area with a dry cloth to remove the excess liquid from the cleaning solution.
- Blot the area with a damp cloth to remove any residue from the cleaning solution.
- Pat the area dry with a towel. Consider using a hair dryer on a low setting to dry the area as well to prevent any possible water marks.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If the juice is actually a flavored fruit drink, see our guide on How to Remove Fruit Punch Stains.
- Clean It Fast, Clean It RIGHT by Jeff Bredenberg
- Haley’s Cleaning Hints by Graham and Rosemary Haley
- The Queen of Clean’s Complete Cleaning Guide by Linda Cobb