6. Spot-Treat Sofa Stains
Act fast, and you can counteract the toughest, most terrifying spills—even a splash of red wine. The secret is to pretreat them ASAP, while they’re still damp, then launder removable covers according to the care label. Here’s how to lift away three common offenders.
WINE OR INK Cover the area with kosher salt, patting gently with a damp white- cotton cloth, and let it sit for about 30 minutes (the salt should change in color to match the stain); vacuum and repeat. Blot any remaining stain with a cloth dampened with warm, soapy water.
OIL Cover the area with baking soda, and let it sit until it absorbs the oil; vacuum and repeat. Blot any residual stain with rubbing alcohol.