Trying to figure out how to clean your microfiber couch? You’ll learn how to clean a slightly dirty all the way to a heavily soiled microfiber couch. These simple tips will have it looking new again in no time at all!
I love my microfiber couch but it does get stained easily. It was time for me to clean our couch and I’m walking you through how I cleaned it. With a little elbow grease I was able to remove stains leaving our microfiber couch looking good as new!
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How to Clean Your Microfiber Couch
Microfiber couches are super comfortable and hold up pretty well to kids and pets. The only difficult thing with microfiber couches is that they stain easily.
Any little drop of water will cause a spot on the couch. This means that if you don’t clean it properly, you will be left with even bigger spots than you started with.
Not only are spotted couches an eye-sore, but they just “feel” like they need to be cleaned as well. By following a few simple and easy to do steps, you can stay on top of the stains, find that cleaning motivation, and keep them minimized with ease!
Know Your Microfiber
Did you know that there is a varying microfiber material that you’ll need to consider? Some microfibers can be cleaned with soap and water and others cannot so it is important to know the best approach to cleaning your specific couch type. Look for the tag on your couch that tells you exactly what type of solution is best to clean it with.
The indicators on the tag will vary between the following indicators: W (water-based solutions), S (Solvent-based solutions), or X (Vacuum Only). You may even come across something that says “S-W” which means you can use either solution. It’s important to know how to clean your microfiber couch properly or you can damage it in the process.
If your couch doesn’t have a ta, I suggest that you treat it as if it were to have an “S” on it. If you want to test a cleaning solution on your microfiber couch, it is best to find a hidden spot and test the solutions to see if there are any reactions or less than desirable outcomes.
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What can you use to clean a microfiber sofa?
The supplies you need to clean a microfiber sofa are simple. Before you use any of these make sure you know what type of microfiber your sofa is. It is also a good idea to do a “patch test”. Meaning find a small hidden area and use a cleaning solution.
Supplies to use are:
- Rubbing alcohol
- Distilled water
- Hair dryer (optional this will speed up the process)
- Spray bottle
- Commercial cleaner
- Baking soda
- Natural sponge
- Scrub brush
Cleaning with rubbing alcohol isn’t hard. All you need to do is pour full-strength rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle and then apply the alcohol directly to the stained spot on your microfiber couch. Use a clean sponge and rub the alcohol into the fabric.
Doing so should help lift the stain. If the stain is still there, go ahead and repeat the process. Once the stain is gone, it’s important to let it air dry completely.
This method could potentially leave your microfiber feeling rough or stiff. If that happens, all you need to do is take a bristle brush and rub it on the area to soften the fabric again.
Who knew that vodka could be used for other purposes? Cleaning your microfiber couch with vodka works the same as using Rubbing Alcohol, it’s just a bit more pricey.
If you don’t have rubbing alcohol on hand, Vodka will work in a pinch. Follow the same steps you would with the rubbing alcohol and apply the vodka to the stained spot then rub it in with a sponge. If the stain doesn’t lift completely, apply more. Once the stain is gone, let it air dry.
You can buy cleaners made specifically for your microfiber couch. Always read the labels and do your research online to find ones that are the best choice for your couch.
If your microfiber couch has a funky odor, don’t fret. Odors are easy to get rid of. Simply sprinkle baking soda over the offending area and let it sit for a couple of hours. After it sits, vacuum the baking soda up. It should be smelling fresh and new after that!
Cleaning your Microfiber Couch Tips
Even if you use the right cleaner on your microfiber couch, there is a small chance that if not done correctly, it can still leave marks or stains. This is always a risk that may happen, so it’s good to mentally be aware just in case.
The quicker you can clean the spots off, the better. The longer a stain sits, the harder it will be to remove.
If your couch is able to be cleaned with water-based solutions, you can follow the rubbing alcohol with distilled water to remove any possible left over rings. Just spray and clean with a sponge.
A hair dryer can be used to move the drying process along but letting it air dry really doesn’t take that long at all.
If you have kids or pets, a microfiber couch will hold up under a lot of use better than many other types of couches. There are very few stains that can’t get removed, which makes it an excellent choice for a family-friendly couch.
If your microfiber couch is cleaned regularly and taken care of, it will remain in good shape and stand the test of time as well. No matter which method you choose to clean your couch, just know that you’re doing everything possible to keep it looking its best!