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How to Clean a Microfiber Sofa

How to Clean a Microfiber Sofa

How to Clean a Microfiber Sofa
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.
How to Clean a Microfiber Sofa

Cleaning Microfiber Sofas:


 

1

Vacuum Your Microfiber Sofa

Vacuum regularly to keep dirt and dust from staining the fabric. A brush attachment will make this quick and easy. If you have pets, you may need a sticky lint roller to get all of the hair. How often you need to do this will vary depending on how much you use your furniture and how many people and pets you have in your house. Generally, it’s a good idea to do it every time you vacuum the floor in the room where you have your microfiber sofa or loveseat.


2

Read Your Sofa’s Cleaning 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.

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.


3

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.


4

Test the Cleaner on Your Sofa

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.

Microsuede furniture is stain resistant, so small spills will bead up instead of soaking into the fabric. This gives you the chance to get some paper towels and soak up the spill before it stains. Soak up as much moisture as possible, including in the cracks between cushions. Wait until the material has dried before sitting on it again.


5

Apply the Cleaning Solution to Your Sofa

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.


6

Brush Your Microfiber Sofa

Sometimes after cleaning or if the microfiber upholstery gets too wet, the material can feel a little stiff. This is because the tiny fibers become entangled. Brushing your microfiber sofa with a fine-tooth comb will revive the fabric.


Microsuede fabric has a unique texture that accentuates a color’s depth and contrast, making it an excellent upholstery choice for furniture. The superior stain resistance of microfiber fabric means that your sofa and loveseat set will be able to withstand the rigors of daily use by active kids and pets. For more tips to keep your microfiber sofa or loveseat looking its best, see our Microfiber Furniture FAQs.