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How to Clean a Microfiber Sofa or Chair

Microfiber is becoming an increasingly more popular furniture option these days. The synthetic but soft fabric is made from thin fibers that can make a couch or chair look like suede or leather, but costs far less than those materials. How do you keep it looking new? Read on for our microfiber cleaning tips.

In addition to being only expensive-looking, microfiber is a favorite due to it’s stain-resistance (perfect for parents of both children or pets). This material is delicate though, and needs to be cleansed carefully. Most (not all) microfiber furniture cannot be washed with water, as this could lead to staining.

How to Clean Microfiber

To find out the best conditions for your chair or loveseat, look up its cleaning code on an attached tag or online. The code will state if your piece falls into one of four categories: W, S, S-W, or X.

  • W – only clean with water or a water-based cleaning solution
  • S – only clean with a solvent-based cleaning solution (i.e. rubbing alcohol or dry cleaning product)
  • S-W – clean with either solvent- or water-based cleaning solution
  • X – only clean with vacuum

Microfiber tends to feel tough after being cleaned, which is usually a result of the fibers getting tangled. This is normal and can be fixed by brushing the surface with a stiff brush, fine-tooth comb, or the scrubby side of a dry sponge.

You may opt to spray fabric protector over the furniture after cleaning. Proper care for products upholstered with microfiber results in furniture that will live for many years to come.

Regular Cleaning

Regular microfiber maintenance is quick and easy. Start out by loosening and removing dirt and crumbs with a stiff brush or your vacuum’s upholstery attachment. Condense chores by doing this task when you vacuum rugs or carpeting. You may also opt to upkeep cleanliness with a lint roller or damp cloth.

Spot Cleaning

Spills and stains are inevitable, so it’s important to know which kind of spot cleaning is best for your sectional or armchair. Always clean up a spill as quickly as possible to avoid stains. This could be done with a dry microfiber cloth or rubbing alcohol.

If using alcohol, blot it with a clean cloth or sponge until the stain is gone. As the alcohol evaporates, no smell will remain. Once done, let everything fully dry. Finish with a stiff brush if the material feels rough. Tip: clean a fresh stain with a baby wipe.

Thorough Cleanse

There’s a couple efficient ways to give an entire microfiber piece a good cleaning. If you’re working with removable covers, throw them in the washing machine (if care instructions allow) and hang to dry after.

If you can’t take the material off, fill a spray bottle with a soapy water solvent or rubbing alcohol and spray away. Next, use a clean cloth or sponge to rub the fabric. Finish with a stiff brush as it dries.