For S-W fabrics: Use a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water in equal parts, or vodka (a clear alcohol). The fabric usually becomes hard after cleaning, so gently scrub with a soft scrub brush. It will fluff up the fabric to make it soft again.
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
I tried nearly everything you can think of. Some would hide the smell for a few days. Some would make a darker spot where I cleaned. I thought I was going to have to either get rid of my pets (and you know that won't happen) or replace my carpet (and I don't have the money for that - although I probably spent that much on different cleaning things over time). I was seriously at my wits end.
The Genesis 950 was able to completely clean everything. There was no lingering pet smell, there was no return of the pet smell. If you have been in that position where the carpets were grossing you out and you became exhausted just thinking about how bad your carpets look, you NEED to use the 950. Seriously - BEST cleaner for carpets I have EVER used.
Hope this helps!
By Sara V. from Akron, OH
I have a few ring stains on my micro fiber couch (from my little one's sippy cup). So far I have tried Resolve upholstery cleaner, but that did not help. Does anyone have a better idea?
By Erin J. from Chicago, IL
Try baby wipes. What color is it?
Can anyone tell me how to get Carmex (lip balm) out of dark green micro fiber sofa. She tried a shampooer and it only made it worse. It is a large area as my niece's daughter smeared it all over herself and then rolled on the couch. Thanks.
By Nancy from Mokena, IL
I am assuming that lip balm is wax based, if so an old issue of good housekeeping magazine suggested using an iron and kraft paper to get wax out of fabric. I would suggest using a low heat on the back of the couch as I am not familiar with what microfibre fabric is, if it does not harm the fabric it would be worth trying the above suggestion on a small corner of the stain, and deciding whether or not to continue
Hope this helps. Hugs, Cinnamon
I am looking for a homemade cleaner to clean my microfiber couch. I need suggestions to remove spots and pet odors from my microfiber couch.
I used a microfiber cloth on mine worked great. My sister said she used a magic eraser and it worked great too.
Our love seat and couch is microfiber and the whole thing needs to be cleaned. The arms are especially stained. Any good ideas to clean the entire couch and love seat?
I would probably have it professionally cleaned, that way you wouldn't end up with mixed spots and stains. A solid color is awfully hard to keep clean and if in the cleaning process it gets more damp in some spots, you might get uneven degrees of clean.
Can I use Oxiclean on my microfiber couch?
This article takes you through it step by step
If you don't want to go to the link I'll copy & paste the article for you:
Anyone who has purchased microfiber furniture knows one of the biggest reasons for making that purchase is because of how easy microfiber is to clean. The soft material easily repels dirt, dust, food, and whatever else might make it's way to your couch. Indeed, it is an easy to clean material. However as time goes on, there gets to be a point where you look at your couch and wonder, "How did it get so dirty."
It's at that point the attempts to clean microfiber may become somewhat challenging. Usually, the first attempt at cleaning is by using a wet rag. With the wet rag, you begin to scrub and soak the stain. As the moisture makes the material darker, you can already tell the stain is lifted. Before long the wet area begins to dry and lighten. Once fully dry, you can see exactly where you cleaned. Water rings now outline where you wiped off the couch with the wet rag. The couch looks worse than it did with the stain! So it's back to the cleaning room. In an attempt to clean out the water rings, you grab whatever carpet cleaner, spray or fabric cleaner you can find. You try to wash out the water rings, but find yourself making more.
Cleaning microfiber can be a never ending challenge. There are products however that will clean your upholstery without leaving rings, or damaging your furniture. Genesis 950 is a great cleaner for microfiber. Using about 1 part Genesis 950 to 7 parts water in a spray bottle, mist the stained area. After letting the mixture adhere to the stain for about 2 - 3 minutes, wipe the microfiber with a rag. Next, use a damp rag and wipe up everything that has been lifted from the microfiber. This will eliminate the stains without leaving marks. Genesis 950 works with water unlike other cleaners because it breaks the bonds of the stains and allows them to lift from the surface of the material. Other cleaners and water do not break this bond. Therefore, the stains are not lifted from the surface when you use anything else. Instead they follow the water and remain in the fabric. Hence the rings left behind.
For microfiber cushions, you can remove the slip covers from the cushion and wash them in a washing machine. When doing this, use 1/4 cup Genesis 950 and be sure the water is set to cold. Slip covers will not shrink if the water is cold. Heat causes these fabrics to shrink. With this being said, it is crucial that you allow machine washed slip covers to air dry.
If you prefer to steam clean your furniture rather than spot clean it, Genesis 950 is compatible with Rug Doctors and Steam Cleaners. For steam cleaners and Rug Doctors, use the same about of Genesis 950 as you would with the recommend instructions of any other cleaner for that equipment. After you have steam cleaned using Genesis 950, go over the area again with the steam cleaner using straight water. This will pull up ALL of the dirt and grime the Genesis 950 has lifted from the upholstery.
Microfiber is easy to clean, and can be properly maintained if you are cleaning it the right way. Whether it is an accident from a pet, spilled food, dirt or grease, the key is that you properly break the bonds of the stain so it can be lifted. Using the wrong cleaner can only cause more problems and make it more frustrating to maintain your furniture.
I have the new microfiber on my chair and it collects every crumb and piece of lint! Is there any way to prevent this or clean it easily when it collects crumbs.
By Denise C.
I hate my microfiber recliner. I have purchased a cover for it, but I did use window spray on a rag to clean for a while. But the dirt just got worse and worse. I'll never buy microfiber again!
I have a male dog that likes to get on my microfiber couch. At times he leaves little white stains. How can I get this to come out? All I have tried was water and dish detergent, that did nothing. Please help.
By Tracy from WI
Try babywipes. I prefer huggies! I have a bulldog and he drools all over the couch. Somehow his eye boogies get on there too. Baby wipes have taken blood out of the couch too!
How can I clean microfiber furniture? Most of the stain is skin oil, but there are other spills that I don't know what they are. I don't want to ruin the fabric.
By Michelle from USA
Believe it or not I have used those small packages on single "Shout" stain cleaners. Those things seem to work on everything. Good luck.
I need info on how to clean a cream microsuede couch and love seat.
By Freda from Portsmouth, VA
After working for La-Z-Boy furniture, I can tell you the only thing ever recommended was soap & warm water. The cleaning code for Microfiber is W (water). Be very careful with chemicals and solvents, they can destroy the fabric. Never go near Microfiber with something like nail polish remover, it will eat it up.
How do I keep off white microfiber furniture from getting dirty and stained?
By Phyllis from Lawton, OK
Step 1 Vacuum the furniture thoroughly to remove any dust, debris or sharp items that might tear or damage the furniture.
Step 2 Dampen a white cloth with a small amount of dish soap and gently swirl it over any marks, stains or food spots. Take a clean, dry white cloth and briskly rub the newly cleaned area, circling widely into the already dry areas to blend the two together. Repeat occasionally until the furniture is completely dry.
Step 3 Remove food that is stuck to the fabric by gently rubbing until the food dissolves. Do not try to pry or pick it off as this will tear the fabric, causing permanent damage to the furniture.
Step 4 Use a baby wipe to remove ink, crayons, marker and other tough stains. Baby wipes will also clean away water rings left by washing with straight water or an incorrect detergent.
Step 5 Wet a magic eraser and ring out excess moisture to remove sticky substances like gum and candy.
Step 6 Keep your microfiber furniture clean with occasional cleansing with the fabric attachment for your steam cleaner. If you don't have a steam cleaner, you can rent one. Good luck.
How should I clean a red microfiber couch?
Shannon from Tulsa, OK
By Tammi (Guest Post)
Our sectional was horribly dirty from a visit from relatives with 5 boys. My husband and I threw caution to the wind, after cleaning every inch of our brand new house, and pulled the covers off the cushions. I put them in washing machine on delicate with warm water and Woolite. I then put the covers into the dryer for 5-10 minutes and put them back onto the cushions. We could not be happier.
It worked great! I highly recommend this method, if your microfiber furniture needs a good cleaning. We have a huge sectional so, obviously we had to do a few covers at a time. It looks great, completely clean and no sore body parts from doing it by hand. (07/01/2008)
Check under your cushion for one of these symbols for Cleaning Code Description:
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My microfiber red couch is dirty and I can't find the label in the back to show me how to clean it. I am afraid to clean it. Please help.
I have a beige microfiber rocking chair. I need to know how to clean a stain on the seat. I tried to clean it with a damp rag but it made it look awful. Can you please help? Thank you.
By Ambersnana from Louisville, KY
If your microfiber is colorfast (first try an area under or in the back of the sofa), you can try spraying hydrogen peroxide. If the stain is a "natural" stain like food, coffee, wine or juice the peroxide will "fizz" the stain away with oxygen. Don't use the stronger peroxide made for bleaching hair, just the cheapie kind from any grocery store. You might want to use a toothbrush to scrub and fluff up the area while it's wet or after the peroxide dries.
A second idea is to just take a regular bristle brush hair brush (not made of wire) or a toothbrush to a "dry" stain and sprinkle in a little baking soda and try brushing the area until its clean.
Read my tip below for "dry-cleaning" your own carpeting, you could call the company and ask if the stuff also works for microfiber. http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf64314351.tip.html (04/12/2009)
How do I clean a microfiber couch? Can I spray the whole couch to bring it back to it's nice beige color?
By kml2000 from Calgary, Alberta
How do I clean microfiber couches? I know you have to put some chemical on it before you can steam clean it, but I don't know what it is.
I have microfiber furniture. I was wondering how do I get the odor of people sitting on it and the body odor out of it? Can I spray Febreeze on it, or not?
I have red microfiber furniture. It has dark spots all over it from juice spills, water stains, and my toddler had an accident on it as well (urine).
To clean spots on microfiber white or cream sofa, you could use Windex. It will remove ink and sometimes even remove marker stains.
How can I remove oily hair smell from microfiber sofa pillows?
I have a microfiber couch, it is 2 months old. How do I get saw dust, grit, etc. out of it? I tired vacuuming it. No success. Any help would be appreciated.
How do I clean a light beige (cream colored) micro-fiber sectional? I picked up a Lazyboy sectional this past week. It is dusty, smelly, and very dirty!
How do I clean my new microfiber couch? It has a black stain; I don't know what it is.