With vampires and zombies popping out of your 3D HDTV screen, it is quite normal that your kids, or perhaps even you, will be jolted from time to time, sometimes enough to spill that glass of soda and bowl of popcorn in their hands into the sofa. You can easily clean up the popcorn. The soda will take a little while.
Cleaning up soda stains, however, must be immediately attended to. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to get out. For the job, you will need paper towels or old newspapers, several pieces of clean white cloth, water, dishwashing liquid, and a container for them. For stubborn stains, you may also need white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, or ammonia.
Begin by soaking up the soda spilled on you couch by pressing paper towels or old newspapers on it. Once a towel is soaked, discard it and apply a new one. Keep doing this until you can no longer get any of the liquid to transfer to the towel.
Mix one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with two cups of cool water in the container to make a cleaning solution. If the soda has red, orange, or purple food colors, it is best to add a tablespoon of white vinegar.
Dip your clean white cloth into the solution and use it to sponge the stained area of you upholstery. You need, however, to squeeze the cloth of excess water before sponging. This should work for most stains, but if it does not, use the rubbing alcohol to sponge and blot the stain. If this still does not work, try the ammonia, mixing a tablespoon with a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and two cups of cool water. Ammonia should be your last resort as it can damage certain types of upholstery. Test it out first in a hidden area of your couch before using it on the seat.
Once the stain is removed, get an unused white cloth, dip it into plain cold water, and remove the cleaning solution.
If you are in a hurry to dry the seat, you can use your flat iron. Lay a piece of cloth on the damp area, set the iron to medium heat, and press it against the cloth. It should be dry in no time, and you are ready to resume getting yourself scared by vampires and zombies.