Microfiber is a stain-resistant material with a smooth, velvety texture. Thus, microfiber furniture is trendy, aesthetic, and yet easy to maintain. They are super absorbent and easy to clean because of the microscopic fibers.
However, if you do not clean your microfiber couch regularly then it can become dreadfully dirty. Most microfiber couches, feature a mix of pure microfiber and polyester-based material.
They cannot be cleaned with water alone as it is likely to leave behind water stains or marks. Nevertheless, you can use water safely if your microfiber furniture’s tag is marked with a ‘W’ which refers to water.
How to Clean a Microfiber Sofa
Step for Cleaning
- Remove the cushions from the couch.
- Vacuum the couch or sofa thoroughly to get rid of dust and debris.
- Clean the couch with a slightly damp microfiber cloth to get rid of surface dirt. Prefer to use a white rather than a colored cleaning cloth as while scrubbing it can leave behind its own color on the couch.
- Remove tough stains by spraying rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) or clear alcohol (gin, vodka) on the affected area and scrubbing it with a soft, absorbent, cotton cloth, scrub sponge, or a soft scrub brush.
Unlike water or any water-based solution, alcohol evaporates quickly and hence, it is less likely to saturate the fabric. If the tag on your sofa or couch reads S-W then you can use water-based cleaning solutions like a gentle soap, carpet cleaner, upholstery shampoo, etc.
- Let the fabric dry. To speed up the drying process, you may use a blow dryer on the wet spots.
- Finally, scrub the surface of the fabric with a soft, clean scrub brush in circular motion. It helps fluff up the microfiber and soften the stiff fibers.
How Remove Stains and Other Problems
- Apart from rubbing alcohol and clear alcohol, distilled water and baby wipes are considered useful for clearing stains, even ink stains and water rings from a microsuede couch. You can try a dry cleaning solvent, too.
- For removing nail polish or other tough stains, consider using an aerosol hairspray or simply a nail polish remover on the stained spot.
- To remove pet hair from the couch, use a sticky lint roller. Besides, you may pick up the pet hair with rubber gloves.
- When dealing with vomit stains, use a mixture of white vinegar and water, both mixed in equal parts. Spray the solution on the stain and scrub it with a soft cloth or scrub sponge. As for the vomit smell, you may sprinkle baking soda on the affected area and leave it overnight. In the morning, vacuum it away. You can use this trick to get rid of urine stains and smells, too.
- In case there is chewing gum stuck on the fabric, rub an ice cube on it. Ice helps harden the chewing gum so that it can be peeled off easily.
- Using a steam cleaner with fabric attachment (set to delicate mode) is also considered good for cleaning microfiber sofa, cushion, loveseat, and so on.
- Before cleaning the entire sofa or couch, make sure you test your cleaning solution on a small portion of the sofa. Cleaning microfiber furniture with soaps and detergents is usually discouraged as it tends to ruin the material’s ability to repel stains and damage its texture.
- It is recommended to avoid saturating the fabric of your couch with water or any cleaning solvent as it may leave behind stains.
- Though microfiber furniture is stain-resistant, it is not completely immune to stains. So, deal with fresh spills and stains immediately. Spills in particular, should be blotted with a paper towel as soon as possible so that the fluid does not seep in the padding present underneath.
- You should clean the couch at least one a month. Plus, vacuum clean the dust and dirt once or twice a week, especially if you have pets.