How to Clean Your Microfiber Couch

Microfiber is the perfect material for couches because it feels like suede, but is much cheaper. It’s also easier to clean—if you know how. To clean you microfiber sofa or other microfiber item, follow the easy steps and tips below.

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin
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Lift Spots and Stains

If you just have a few spots here and there, try removing them by rubbing them with artists’ gum—a super powerful eraser that can be found at art supply stores. You can also use an emery board, like the kind that you normally use on your fingernails. Gently rub the file across the stain a few times to remove the mess.

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Stop Stains Before They Start

The second you spill something on a microfiber couch, think fast. Grab some cornmeal (or baking soda) and apply to the spot immediately. Cornmeal absorbs grease and other liquids and will keep them from staining. Pour on enough to cover the soiled area and let it sit for 15 minutes, then vacuum up. Repeat again if necessary.

How to Clean Super Dirty Microfiber

If you have black marks all over your microfiber sofa from dirty hands, food spills, and other family disasters, here’s not to get rid of them. There are two types of microfiber, and they should be cleaned in different ways. First, vacuum the couch or other item using a soft brush attachment to suck up any loose dust and debris. Then check the tag on your microfiber item.  If there’s a “W” on the tag, you can go ahead and use water and soap to clean it—couch cushion covers can even be thrown in the washing machine and then air dried or dried on low in the dryer (just the instructions on the tag). If there’s an “S,” you’ll need to use a solvent-based cleaner, because water could even stain the fabric. If you have an “S,” here’s what to do: Spray rubbing alcohol over any soiled areas using a spray bottle. Scrub using a rough sponge or old toothbrush, and the stains will lift right off. The fabric should dry quickly, but if it seems hardened or discolored afterward, simply stroke it with a toothbrush or soft scrub brush until it’s back to its velvety form.

Keep Furniture Fresh

Upholstered sofas and chairs often get a musty odor from day-to-day wear, especially if your kids and pets romp around in the cushions. For a simple freshening up, sprinkle a bit of baking soda over the upholstery, between and underneath the cushions. Let sit for a few hours or up to a day, then suck up the remaining soda and debris with a vacuum. Or, just stick a dryer sheet under the cushions!

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About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.