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How to Clean a Microfiber Couch

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The beauty of a microfiber couch is the durability of the material. Microfiber rarely shows wear and looks like new for a long time. And, especially in darker colors, it is difficult to spot dirt on a microfiber couch. Even better, liquids, in particular, tend to bead up and wipe right off of a microfiber couch. For those stains that manage to stick, your microfiber couch will be easy to clean if you do it correctly. Here’s how to clean a microfiber couch the right way!

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Steps to Clean a Microfiber Couch

1. Read Care Instructions

Before you clean a microfiber couch you need to check the care instructions. When your tag of care instructions has a “W” on it, that means your couch is safe to clean with water. An “S” means to clean with solvents. “S-W” means your couch is safe for both water and solvents. An “X” means to only use a dry brush for cleaning.

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2. Soap or Solvent

When you have a microfiber couch that is safe to wash with water, you can use dish soap suds to clean it. Squirt dishwashing soap into a bowl and add water to form suds. Dip your white sponge or cloth in the suds only, not the water. Use the soap suds to scrub your couch. After soaping the entire couch, rub it down with a scrub brush of nylon bristles that will nap the microfiber. Now allow it to dry.

To clean a microfiber couch that is not water safe you will need rubbing alcohol. Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spray any stains or spots on the couch. Then rub each spot with a white cloth or sponge until clean.

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3. Smooth Out Fabric

After washing, microfiber fabric can feel stiff to the touch. To work out the stiffness, use the rough side of a sponge or a soft bristled brush to rub the fabric and gently scrub out the stiffness.


  • Use a white sponge or cloth only. A colored sponge might transfer color to your microfiber couch.
  • Microfiber is less likely to stain if you deal with spills immediately.
  • For new spills, dab up liquids with a white cloth, DON’T scrub. Microfiber will repel liquids and dabbing should remove the spill without causing a stain.

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Routine Maintenance

Weekly vacuuming will help keep your microfiber couch looking new. If there is no dirt present on your sofa then none can get ground into the fabric. Use the upholstery attachment of your vacuum to remove dirt and help maintain the microfiber fabric.

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Elizabeth Voyles

Elizabeth Voyles (@evoyleswrites) is a freelance writer and blogger specializing in parenting and organization topics. In between writing gigs, Elizabeth loves hanging out with her husband and their two young daughters, binge watching shows on Netflix and reading trashy romance novels.

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