Cleaning a Couch Advice Needed

Updated on April 24, 2013
S.Y. asks from Arlington Heights, IL
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Oh my! My son was home sick from school today..fell asleep on the couch and wet the couch!!!! Ahh. Any hope for the cleaning the couch or should I just resign myself to tossing it? It is a fairly new couch in great shape!

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answers from Phoenix on

Whether it has been milk, vomit, cat pee (yes, cat pee!), I've been successful cleaning my couches by first sopping up as much as possible, then resoaking the area with Dial antibacterial soap very well diluted with water-more water than soap. The soap kills the germs and smells and then can be sopped up after sitting for a bit and then air drying.

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answers from New York on

What kind of upholstery? Is it removable? Then wash or dry clean. Otherwise steam clean. I don't even want to tell you what's been on my couch, but its worse than pee!

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answers from Norfolk on

Stanley Steemer cleaned my 8-yr old microfiber couch and did an awesome job. Pillows too!

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answers from Washington DC on


Use one and half cup of Vinegar and 1/4 cup of salt mixed in a bowl of water. Soak in a light coloured absorbent material or mild sponge and scrub from the surface, allow to penetrate inwards depending on the magnitude of the urine. Then dry couch

Vinegar is an antibiotic
useful for stain removal
removes offensive odour
It leaves a sweet smell on

Salt is also an antibiotic

This might be the most economical, effective and handy

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answers from Grand Forks on

You don't need to throw out a couch because it got peed on! You could rent a rug doctor to steam clean it. I have a Bissel Little Green Machine for steam cleaning. Or you could just blot up any excess moisture and clean it with some type of upholstery cleaning product designed for pet stains.

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answers from Chicago on

Our dog peed on our couch and pulled the cover and the feather layer off and took to the dry cleaner. I caught it before if soaked into the foam cushion. It's as good as new. To clean the foam cushion rinse it with water and leave it in the sun to dry. Good-luck.



answers from Chicago on

Stanley Steamer?....



answers from Rockford on

I'm not sure what kind of fabric you have on your sofa, but I have a suggestion or two if it's not leather! I am going to copy and paste something I had on pinterest:
"1. clean up excess off the affected area. 2. make a paste of BAKING SODA and Water; 3. Take a spatula or spoon and generously spread it onto the affected area. It is almost like frosting a cake, except way less appetizing; 3. Let it dry overnight or until it becomes a powdery consistency again; 4. Vacuum it up!; 5. Repeat if necessary;" I have done similar things with baking soda to clean up nasty messes. It does get the smell out.

The other is a product that a friend of mine told me about call Kids 'N' Pets. Seriously it does amazing things for cleaning up kid "accidents". My friend used to use it for her kids and her dog. It smells a bit like oranges. I found it with the general cleaners in the local WalMart. Here is a link to their site if you want more info:

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