Erin asked: I have a white/cream microfiber couch. There is some black, sticky stuff, like from a sticker or a tag that was on someone’s clothes and now is stuck to my couch. How do I get it out? I have tried water and a little gentle watered down lavender cleaner. I didn’t want to try anything until I asked someone who knows stains well. My other couch is so easy to clean and durable, but this couch is so sensitive and seems to attract everything..
There are a variety of products that can be used to remove sticker residue, but many of them will leave additional stains that need to be removed. Here is the easiest and simplest method to remove the sticky goo from your couch..
You Will Need:
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Soft cloths
Steps to Remove the Sticky Residue:
- Start by dabbing a small amount of isopropyl alcohol on a hidden area of the couch to see if there are any unwanted reactions. If all goes well, you are ready to tackle the problem area.
- Moisten, not soak, a soft cloth with alcohol.
- Hold the cloth on the sticky residue for a minute or two. The alcohol will break down the adhesive.
- Rub the area gently with the cloth to remove the softened residue. Rub towards the middle of the spot to avoid spreading the stickiness.
- Repeat until the stain is removed.
Additional Tips and Advice
- When possible, it’s always better to use isopropyl alcojol for cleaning rather than rubbing alcohol as rubbing alcohol contains other chemicals, including dyes, which could stain.
- Other lubricants, such as WD-40 or cooking oil, and cleaners such as Goo Gone work well for removing adhesive. However, it will be necessary to clean the surface afterwards to remove any residue from the cleaner.