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How To Clean Microfiber Couch

We all know that feeling. You’re relaxing on the couch after a hard day of work, eating a snack with a glass of wine (or maybe your child has a juice box), and all of a sudden … you spill it on the fresh, clean, light-coloured fabric. Your first instinct is to panic, and we don’t blame you, but don’t feel like there’s no hope. There is a way to clean a microfiber couch and get the stain out. We’ll go through the steps below.

Microfiber Couches

Microfiber furniture has become popular for a few different reasons. Microfiber is an ultra-soft polyester fabric that is known for being very durable, more affordable, and ultimately stain-resistant. It comes in a variety of colours and can be the perfect furniture to have for a household full of kids and pets! Not to mention, it’s nice a soft for those who need a comfortable power nap.

But while it is known for being a more stain-resistant fabric, that doesn’t mean it’s completely immune to them. Stains are bound to happen although there are still steps you can take in order to clean the couch so it can look brand new again. Before you start cleaning, you’ll want to check the couch label to see if it’s water or cleaning solution safe. If it is, it will have either a “W”, “S”, “SW” or” X” (dry brush) on the label. If there is no label, test the solution on an unnoticeable space first like the back of the couch just to ensure it doesn’t react poorly.

How To Clean A Microfiber Couch: 1st Method

What you’ll need:

  • A clean scrub brush
  • A clean sponge
  • A spray bottle
  • Rubbing alcohol


Step 1: Spray The Couch

Put the rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle so it can be distributed evenly. Spray quite a bit on so it appears wet and saturated.

Step 2: Rub With Sponge

Make sure the sponge is a light colour (not those dark green ones) and start scrubbing the stain. If it appears to be disappearing, don’t stop. Keep scrubbing until it seems completely gone.

Step 3: Time For The Scrub Brush

After the spot has dried, it may feel a bit rough. Use the clean and dry scrub brush to move the fabric around so it feels nice and soft again.

This may seem too easy and good to be true, but that really is how easy it is to clean a microfiber couch! But for those stubborn stains that still won’t completely go away, or if you’re worried about leaving watermarks or your fabric not feeling the same again, you may want to try another method.

How To Clean A Microfiber Couch: 2nd Method

What you’ll need:

  • Vacuum
  • Lint roller
  • Steam cleaner
  • A white cloth (preferably a microfiber one)
  • A soft-bristled brush

Remember, it’s best to test any cleaning solution or cleaning tools on your couch beforehand. Test it on a spot at the back of the couch to ensure there’s no poor reaction.

Step 1: Get Rid Of Dirt & Hair

Don’t start cleaning your microfiber couch until other dirt and lint is picked up first. Run a vacuum over the area and use a lint roller to get rid of any pet hair. It will be harder to clean the spot with hair sticking to it.

Step 2: Fill Steam Cleaner

Make sure to follow the filling instructions and fill it with the appropriate amount of water. Pour the recommended amount of water into the spout and let it warm up.

Step 3: Start Steaming

Make sure the steamer is set to upholstery mode. Slide the steaming tool over the stain in a back and forth motion and press the button to release the cleaner. Don’t overlap too much in order to avoid watermarks. Stop pressing the steam button and start making dry passes to suck up the moisture.

Step 4: Let It Dry Completely

Make sure everything is completely dry before putting pillows or throws back. In order to get rid of watermarks or rough-feeling spots, use the soft-bristled brush to smooth out the fabric or a white cloth.

Microfiber Furniture & Rubbing Alcohol

You may be nervous about using rubbing alcohol on your newly purchased microfiber couch, but it’s one of the best cleaning solutions for this type of fabric. Make sure to purchase Isopropyl alcohol at your local drug store and use it with a clean, light-coloured cloth. It shouldn’t leave water stains, but it may make the surface feel a bit rough. This can be reversed with a soft brush. Your microfiber couch will be back to former glory in no time.

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