Microfiber is a favorite upholstery for furniture. Because it is generally used on couches and chairs, it is subjected to a lot of use and abuse. This is a guide about cleaning microfiber furniture.
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Microfiber is polyester based so most things can be used to clean polyester. If your couch has a tag: W means you can use water based cleaner, S means you can use a solvent cleaner, S-W means you can use both, and X means vacuum only.
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.
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Here are questions related to Cleaning Microfiber Furniture.
How do you get ketchup out of a microfiber couch cushion?
By EL from MN
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
By leanne chaisson11/25/2009
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.
I am looking for a way to safely clean a micro fiber sofa. I am mainly thinking of the arms, they are dingy from use and there is one small ink stain from a pen. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I tried mixing equal parts of water and rubbing alcohol and it worked to some extent. I have some black patches that it did not clean and would like to know what else I could try. I am ready to pull my hair out!
By Patty S.
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?
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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.
By Linda Lou Whitfield F.10/31/2011
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
By MellyMel 02/06/2011
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
By Home Office Furnishings05/04/2011
Believe it or not I have used those small packages on single "Shout" stain cleaners. Those things seem to work on everything. Good luck.
How do I get lip gloss off my micro fiber couch?
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
By kathleen williams04/18/2010
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.
I just bought a beautiful medium grey microfiber sofa from a thrift store. I got an awesome deal on it (only $20). It's actually in very good condition. The only thing is, it has a few stains here and there, some light, some dark. I want to thoroughly clean it and give it some TLC to bring it back to it's former glory, but I don't want to ruin my bargain find.
Should I just take the seat covers off and throw them in the wash and steam clean the rest of the sofa? I also want to re-stuff the seat cushions and then Scotch Guard the entire sofa. What are my best options?
By Jacque from Clementon, NJ
I have a microfiber sofa and love seat, that are two months old. The color is beige. I have no problems getting stains out. My husband has a woodshop and sawdust gets on the furniture. How can I get it off? I have tried to vacuum it, but it just does not come off. I have to take a damp towel and almost beat the sofa to make the dust come off. My cushions are not removable. Any help would be appreciated.
By RachelleD from LA
By Denise C.10/29/2011
Have you figured out any thing? I have a similar problem.
I have washed my microfiber cushion covers in the washing machine, but there are still round stains on the covers. How do I get the stains out of my cushion covers?
How do you clean a dried pop stain off of a microfiber couch?
By Tiffany from Casper, WY
By Carly St.Clair05/12/2010
50/50 vinegar and water
if still there, sprinkle with baking soda and then a little vinegar
It will fizz and get it out. Rinse well or it will bleach over time.
Can I use OxiCLean on a microfiber sofa. They are brown and they have black water ring stains on them.
Lourdes from New York
I first test the oxyclean on an underneath or back area of the sofa where you can't see it. This way if they oxy-clean fades the fabric, you'll know & won't use it. I'd first try my favorite organic stain remover HYDROGEN PEROXIDE (meaning it always removes ORGANIC, or natural stains, stains caused by "Natural" things.... Peroxide will remove grape juice, but not grape drink or kool-aid) Peroxide will remove blood (straight ammonia also works wonders with dried on blood!), red wine, hot cocoa & coffee stains, but nothing with artificial dyes or colors. But I don't know about your problem... It's worth a try... but ALWAYS FIRST DO A SAMPLE TEST AREA before using any new cleaner.
DIRECTIONS: Just pour the peroxide on the area & wait, then blot with a white towel or white rag... Then repeat if needed. (I left the peroxide on an area of wall to wall carpet with dried on coffee stains for about 20 min then blotted & added more peroxide & rubbed it in with my finger or toothbrush & waited another 20 min, then blotted till dry. It worked wonders! The coffee stains were TOTALLY gone!) No rinsing is needed & peroxide leaves no residue. OR you can put the peroxide in a small, well marked spray bottle & spray it on... You can also use a tooth brush & dip the toothbrush into the peroxide & scrub a bit. But first, let the peroxide sit a bit to do it's "fizzing-thing". Never use the peroxide made for bleaching hair, it's WAY to strong! Just use the cheap kind you but at the grocery or drug store. It's with the first-aid supplies.
If you DO use the oly-clean, make sure to dilute it with alot of water first!... I'm wondering if after the area cleaned with the oxyclean sits in the sun for a while if it might fade quicker than the rest of the fabric... Does anybody know if this is true???
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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)
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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!