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You’ll Never Believe What Will Clean Your Microfiber Couch

Learn how to clean a microfiber couch and keep it looking new for years. One solution is sure to surprise you!

Microfiber furniture is known for its supreme stain-resisting ability, making it a top choice in homes with kids and pets. It also makes colors pop and looks rich in their vibrancy. When treated properly, microfiber couches can last years longer than other options. To keep your comfortable and looking great, follow these simple steps on how to clean a microfiber couch.

Clean your microfiber couch regularly with a quick vacuum, using your vacuum’s upholstery attachment, or a nice, stiff brush, to loosen dirt and restore the fabric. Do your best to make sure the surface is free of crumbs, dust, and anything that may harm the fabric. Think of your couch as you do your carpet; a good rule to follow is to vacuum the couch every time you vacuum the floor. If possible, try to enlist a “no pets on the couch” rule. This will help control pet hair.

Treat the occasional stain as quickly as possible with a microfiber cloth—slightly dampened, if necessary. A small spill shouldn’t sink into the fabric, so these are easy to wipe away.

Secret Power Cleaner: A solution many people have in the house, or can buy for a few bucks: baby wipes! They’re a nice self-contained solution, too. Keep these in a closed storage container or drawer in the living room to have on hand right away. If your kids are old enough, be sure they know about the wipes, too, and how to use them.

Know Your Code

To find out the best way to clean your microfiber couch’s set-in stains, look for its cleaning code. “W” means it can be cleaned with water, “S” means it shouldn’t be treated with water—use a solvent, such as rubbing alcohol or a consumer dry cleaning solution instead. “S-W” means you can use either a solvent or water.

If you have a “W” code, and your cushion covers are removable, launder according to the manufacturer’s instructions, or gently in cold water. Hang to dry, and brush to restore. If your cushions aren’t removable, start by using a small amount of soapy water, brushing the spot with a stiff-bristled brush as it dries. Move on to an upholstery cleaner, if necessary.

For an “S,” “S-W,” or no code, try using straight rubbing alcohol. Spray it on lightly, then blot with a clean white cloth or scrubby sponge. (Test it in an inconspicuous spot first.) Continue as stain lifts. Let dry completely—this should happen fairly fast since alcohol evaporates quickly—then brush fabric with a natural or white stiff-bristled brush.

Protect Your Microfiber Couch

Once you’ve cleaned your microfiber sofa, treat it with a spray-on fabric protector to keep spot-free for longer. Protection length varies based on use and care. Apply a protectant product according to manufacturer’s instructions.

If you notice that your fabric is tough after cleaning, it might be that the fibers are tangled together. Fix this by running a fine-tooth comb or a dry sponge over the surface until it’s back to its soft state.

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