How to Clean a Microfiber Sofa

by Kaye Morris
Published April 29, 2010 | Updated July 1, 2015

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Things You Need
Lint roller
Soft rag
Upholstery cleaner
Mild soap, like dish soap
White vinegar
Baking soda

Microfiber fabric is comprised of fibers that are 100 times smaller than a human hair, creating a fabric that is soft, lightweight, naturally stain-resistant, and easy to maintain. Microsuede sofas and loveseats are a good choice for those with allergies because microfiber doesn't produce dust or lint. Despite the natural stain-resistant qualities of the fabric, accidents still happen that can stain microfiber. Follow these steps when you need to clean microfiber furniture.

Cleaning Microfiber Sofas:

  1. Vacuum

    Vacuum the sofa regularly to keep dirt and dust from staining the fabric. Use a lint roller to lift hair and other particles from the sofa.

  2. Read the Label

    The label on your microfiber sofa will help you determine what type of cleaner you can use. Labels usually read "water-based cleaner" or "solvent-based cleaner." They may also simply be labeled "W" or "S," respectively.

  3. Type of Cleaner to Use:

    If the care tag says you can use a water-based cleaner, you can proceed to step 3 and make your own cleaning solution at home.

    If the care tag says to only use a solvent cleaner, you will need to purchase a microfiber upholstery cleaner. Water will actually stain your furniture, so it should be avoided. You will want to skip to step 4.

  4. Mix Soap and Water

    Mix a few drops of mild soap, like a gentle dish soap, with water to make a water-based cleaning solution good for removing most stains. Add a few drops of white vinegar or a pinch of baking soda to remove odor while cleaning.

  5. Test the Cleaner

    No matter which type of cleaner you use, you will want to test it on an inconspicuous spot first, like under the sofa cushion. Clean it and let it dry to make sure the color doesn't fade or the texture of the microfiber isn't ruined.

  6. Apply the Cleaning Solution

    Apply the appropriate cleaning solution for your sofa with a clean, soft rag, and then gently blot the sofa to remove the stain. You may have to reapply the cleaning solution to the rag several times before you completely lift the stain. Never apply the cleaning solution directly to the couch, as your goal is to use the least amount of saturation possible to lift the stain.