How to Clean a Microfiber Couch

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While manufacturers and furniture sales people will tell you that microfiber sofas are virtually stain proof, if you own one you know this is just not true.

Microfiber sofas can become quite grubby, especially light-colored furniture. And if you have ever tried to blot a spill with water, you know it just makes everything look worse.

But don't worry – we're here to guide you through the process of how to clean your microfiber couch. Whether dealing with everyday dust or stubborn stains, our expert tips and easy steps can help.

Cleaning Tools Needed:

  • A vacuum cleaner
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Spray bottle
  • Clean, white cloths or sponges
  • White, soft bristled brush

Step 1: Vacuum the Couch

Thoroughly vacuum the sofa to remove any surface dirt. There is no sense in rubbing surface dirt, pet hair, or other grime into the fabric.

Step 2: Identify Your Couch Fabric

Locate the manufacturer’s fabric care tag and double-check your couch’s fabric. 

Microfiber is polyester, so it should have a tag that says “S” for solvent. Look for the tag with these codes:

  • W means you must use water based cleaning solution.
  • S means you must use a “solvent” based cleaner
  • S-W means you can use S or W type cleaners
  • X means you can vacuum only 

Step 3: Test Your Cleaning Products 

Test the rubbing alcohol in a hidden or inconspicuous spot. 

Wait for the fabric to dry and then judge whether or not the cleaning solution has bleached or discolored the fabric. 

If your microfiber couch does NOT have a tag, you are probably safe treating it like an “s” type, but don’t skip this step.

Step 4: Spot Cleaning and Stain Removal

Liberally spray the stained or dirty area with the rubbing alcohol. Don’t be worried about it getting wet, alcohol dries quickly. 

Rub the stain with a white cloth until the dirt or stains are gone, switching out to clean cloths as needed. Then, move on to the next stain or area. 

Pay particular attention to armrests as they get especially grubby. Be sure to use white cloths as colored cloths can transfer colors to your couch. 

Read COIT’s Stain Removal Guide for expert advice on specific spills and how to deal with them.

Step 5: Drying and Post-Cleaning Care 

Microfiber fabric can become stiff, especially after it becomes wet. 

After the couch is clean and dry, use the soft bristled brush to gently rub any stiffened areas. This should return the texture to a soft, natural look.

Professional Cleaning and When to Call the Experts

To keep your microfiber couch looking its best, vacuum weekly and use rubbing alcohol to treat spots as needed.  

For extensive stains or general upkeep, professional cleaning services may be the best option. COIT specializes in upholstery cleaning, ensuring your furniture receives expert care.

Call the PROs at COIT for a professional clean!

People Asked, Professionals Answered 

COIT's experts have compiled their knowledge and experience on microfiber couch care. 

Here are professional answers to your common queries, ensuring you get the best care tips for your microfiber couch: 

How often should you clean a microfiber couch? 

Regular vacuuming should be done weekly, with spot cleaning as needed. A deeper clean is recommended every few months, depending on usage. 

What is the best cleaner for a microfiber couch? 

The best cleaner depends on the type of microfiber. 

For 'W' labeled couches, use a water-based solution, while 'S' labeled couches require a solvent-based cleaner. For 'S-W', either type can be used. Always test the cleaner in an inconspicuous area first. 

Can you clean a microfiber couch with soap and water? 

Yes, you can clean a 'W' labeled microfiber couch with mild soap and water. Mix a small amount of soap with warm water, apply it to the stain, and blot gently. Avoid over-wetting the couch. 

How do you get stains out of a microfiber couch? 

To remove stains from a microfiber couch, identify the type of microfiber and use the appropriate cleaner. Gently blot the stain with the cleaning solution, then dry the area thoroughly. For tougher stains, you may need to repeat the process. 

How can I make my microfiber couch look new? 

Regular vacuuming, spot cleaning stains immediately, and occasional deep cleaning can keep your microfiber couch looking new. Fluffing the cushions and brushing the fabric can also help maintain its appearance. 

Can you use baking soda on a microfiber couch? 

Yes, baking soda can be used on microfiber couches for odor removal and light spot cleaning. Sprinkle it on the couch, let it sit for a few minutes, then vacuum it off. For stains, create a paste with water, apply it to the stain, let it dry, then vacuum. 

How do you spot clean a microfiber sofa without leaving water marks? 

To spot clean without leaving water marks, use as little water as possible and blot the area with a clean, dry cloth immediately after cleaning. Using a hairdryer on a cool setting can also help prevent water spots. 

Is a microfiber couch easy to clean? 

Yes, microfiber couches are generally easy to clean due to their tightly woven fibers that repel stains and dirt. Regular maintenance like vacuuming and prompt stain treatment helps keep them clean with minimal effort.

Call the PROs at COIT for a professional clean!

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