How to Clean Your Microfiber Couch
Why Have a Microfiber Couch?
Imagine your kids are coming home after a long day of school, sweaty and dirty from a day of playing and learning. You know what I'm talking about: they drag in dirt, and sometimes even have silly things scrawled on their hands! Well, imagine that while your back is turned, they throw themselves on your brand new couch.
Kids will be kids! Unfortunately, dirty kids are not the only obstacle your couch will face. You have to protect your couch from drooling pets and sun-damage too! Any stay-at-home parent will tell you, protecting a nice suede or leather couch can be more effort than it's worth.
That's why microfiber is a great choice for many families. Microfiber is a synthetic fiber that is made from a combination of polyester and polyamides and is used to make mats and towels in addition to furniture. It has become very popular in recent years because in addition to being soft, it is resilient and tough—not to mention great at repelling spills.
Different Methods for Cleaning Microfiber Couch
So you may be thinking, all right already! If it's so easy to clean microfiber, how do I do it?
But hold your horses! While there are a number of different ways to clean your microfiber couch, you first need to take a look at the tag on your couch where manufacturers have indicated what the microfiber on your couch can handle.
- If the tag says "W" it is water-safe
- If the tag says "S" that means use a dry-cleaning solvent
- If the tag says "S-W" you can use either of the above
- If the tag says "X" use a dry-cleaning brush ONLY!
Be sure to take a look at your tag before reading the different methods below.
What Does Your Tag Say?
What does the tag on your microfiber couch say?
Getting Rid of Stains
If someone has an accident or makes a spill on your microfiber couch, you should tend to it immediately. The two main ways to do this successfully are:
- Use warm water and a mild soap mix. Make sure the mix is mostly water, and apply directly to the spot with a soft towel or rag. Rub in circles, and repeat until the stain is gone.
- Use rubbing alcohol. Do this with a spray bottle and spritz a few times directly onto the spot. Then rub with a sponge or scrub brush.
- Use a warm water and salt solution. Make sure that the salt has dissolved into the warm water properly, and then rub in small concentric circles with a towel or rag.
The big key here is to take care of stains as they happen. And don't be discouraged, even a stubborn wine or coffee stain can be taken care of with the methods above.
Vacuum Your Couch
The first step, no matter what method you choose afterwards, is to vacuum your couch. Because microfiber can be very tightly knit and therefore good at repelling dirt, the germs can often wait on the surface.
Get a vacuum with a hose and use a soft brush nozzle. This is the best option because you want your couch to last, and treating it gently and with care is the only way.
Soap and Water
This may be shocking to you, but as long as your microfiber couch is water safe, you can use a simple soap and water combo to get the job done!
You can even use dishwashing liquid or laundry soap (as long as it doesn't have any bleach in it that could strip the color of your couch). Fill a bucket with water and add a dash of soap: now rub the mix onto your couch slowly and deliberately. It could even be a fun family activity . . . OK, maybe not so fun for the kids but you can try.
The Rubbing Alcohol Method
If your couch has an "S" on the tag (which most microfiber couches do), then you shouldn't be pouring straight water on it. Test a small spot with a spray of rubbing alcohol (from a spritz bottle). You can dry the spot with a hair dryer. If it all tests out, you can spritz your entire couch with the rubbing alcohol after vacuuming your couch, which will kill additional germs.
- Start by saturating a section with the rubbing alcohol
- Use a white sponge (or sponge the same color as your couch) to rub the solution in
- Then go over the area with a gentle brush--this keeps the fabric from hardening
If your couch has an "X" unfortunately you're going to have to consult with a professional couch cleaning service. You should still vacuum your couch regularly and go over it with a soft-bristled brush to get the germs of the surface, but eventually a deep cleaning will be necessary. So if you haven't bought your couch yet, keep this piece of info in mind when shopping.
Have you cleaned your microfiber couch yet? How did you do it?