Because microfiber couches are comfortable, affordable, and widely available, many living rooms have them now. But the more microfiber couches become the seating of choice, the more people are asking "how do I keep it clean?" Microfiber requires some special care, and not every cleaning method works for every piece of furniture. Here is a round-up of links to popular methods for cleaning microfiber couches, so you can compare your couch to others and find the cleaning method that will work for yours.
Before you try any cleaning method, make sure to check your owner's manual or the care instructions tag for warnings. Always test a cleaning method in an inconspicuous area first to check for colorfastness.
"How to Clean a Microfiber Sofa" on Overstock.com: Kaye Morris' guide outlines the dish-soap-and-water method for cleaning microfiber furniture. She includes some good notes about water-based cleaners versus solvent-based cleaners.
"Blue Magic" from The Spoiled Cheapskate: Author Ana made a DIY cleaning solution called "Blue Magic" using two simple ingredients. Following a recipe she found on Pinterest, she mixed equal parts blue dish soap and hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle, then decided to add water to the mixture, so it wouldn't be too soapy. She washed the seat cushion covers in the laundry, but applied the Blue Magic solution onto the rest of her microfiber couch. It worked so well, she used the mixture on carpet stains and on her whole bathroom!
"Best Way to Clean Microfiber Couch" video by YouTube user benben1984: Ben uses a professional fabric cleaner spray, a brush, and an inventive scraping method for removing the cleaner in this instructional video. Scraping gets the cleaner and the dirt out from the fabric, so the wetness can't re-stain the material.
"How to Remove Water Stains from Microfiber" on Better Than Laundry: Kate uses several cleaning methods on her microfiber couch, ultimately finding success with baby wipes and a hair dryer to clean and dry a couch. Baby wipes have a mild cleanser in them, and the hair dryer helps to dry the material before water staining can happen.
"Clean Microfiber the Easy Way" on Making the World Cuter: Tiffany needed a way to clean microfiber that wasn't too time-consuming. She cleans her microfiber dining chairs every day with window cleaner, a method that other bloggers have used on couches with success as well.
Published May 26, 2010
Updated February 5, 2015