Washing Microfiber Cushion Covers

September 22, 2009

Woman with laptop and phone sitting across a rust colored armchair.Can I wash my microfiber cushion covers in the washer on the delicate cycle? They seem to have water rings on them when I wipe them.

By rhonda cain



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September 23, 20091 found this helpful

I think so. Gentle cycle as you said, luke warm water, maybe even let them soak so don't have to be agitated much. Regular detergent I'd guess, not too much, but enough. Air dry until almost dry, then dry on cool.

I'd try, unless there was microfiber with leather like parts.I've washed a lot of covers of different kinds, and as long as it had a zipper I gave it a go. Never ruined any.

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June 18, 20131 found this helpful

I took my micofiber cushion covers off because I have a sectional and there was no way I was going to spend upwards of 130 dollars on a cleanning. My couch did not have any tags. I took the cushion covers off. Washed them inside out on delicate cycle on cold water with only a little detergent on them.


Took them out inspected them ran them in the dryer, (although I turned the covers back the right way) dryed them on low heat and just before they we all the way dry I put them back on my couch. And it looks beautiful and they are soft.

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May 7, 20144 found this helpful

I just recently purchased dark brown microsuede couch and love seat. My cat decided it was her litter box. I tried all the enzyme sprays, baking soda none of it worked. I checked the cushion pads themselves and the urine had not soaked threw the cushion cover.

So I got brave through the cushion covers in the wash machine on delicate with a small amount of whisk laundry detergent. I then hung them to dry for about an hour and then through them in the dryer on low heat for about 15 minutes. I took them out still a little damp and put them back on. Yes it is a little hard putting them back on, but no more cat urine smell and they look amazing! They look brand new and feel wonderful! I hope this helps!

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September 6, 20143 found this helpful

I just washed my Red Microfiber cushion covers on my sofa and they turned out great. Perma press setting with cold water on the washer and low heat on the dryer, only took about 25 minutes of drying time. They turned out beautiful, no shrinkage at all.


Now I can tell my daughter to do the same, by coincidence she bought exactly the same sofa and colour without seeing mine, we lived in different cities. She has 4 children so she has been thinking about having her set steam cleaned, no need.

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November 16, 20141 found this helpful

I just washed my microfiber sofa cushion covers yesterday and they came out great and now my couch smells wonderful. I took them off the cushion, turned inside out, and washed on gentle with cold water and detergent.


I didn't put them in dryer because I didn't want to chance shrinkage. Instead I immediately put them back on cushions and air dried them off the couch. I feel like I have a new couch!

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January 15, 20152 found this helpful

So,This morning I got a microfiber sofa and love seat off of Craigslist for my mom, lightly used but was a little dirty and a very good deal.

Professional cleaning is just not in the budget right now so I started goggling how to do it yourself. I read and watched many how to's about only using vodka and/or rubbing alcohol. And i tried the rubbing alcohol method. It;'s was tedious and did not work well. The cleaning code on my set is "S only." and there was a big warning sticker that said "do not use water based cleaners. I felt overwhelmed. I cannot give mom a dirty couch.


Finally I snapped and said to heck with it. I took all the cushion covers off and tossed them in the washer. I ran it with regular Purex laundry soap, Gain fabric softer and Clorox2 color safe bleach alternative. Heavy duty cycle, cold water. I did NOT turn them inside out. I will tell you, I have a newer HE washer, the kind that does not have the center agitator. When they where done I put them in the dryer for 30 minutes on the delicate cycle. End result, They came out looking and feeling like new!

For the rest of the sofa & loveseat, I used the handheld attachment of my Bissell SpotBot, I mixed the carpet cleaner concentrate with water per instructions on bottle but just just a little less than suggested. Took about four hours to dry as it was pretty saturated when I was done.


Now that it is dry and the cushions are back on, it looks like Brand New! I am not sure what the big fuss was about. Now my mom is getting a like brand new living room set that only set me back $80.00! Now that's ThriftyFun!

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June 4, 20150 found this helpful

Hi, I have a tan microsuede sofa and it's been fantastic but after 7 yrs it's getting skanky! I researched and found I could get the top pillows on/off pretty easily, so washed 1 on cold/warm gentle with just a bit of gentle soap. Dried gently until just damp and put them back on-worked Great! Did the rest the same way.

Now the *cushions* are much bigger and won't go on/off easily, so I'm going to clean those tops lightly with warm/light detergent with my spotbot (it's a Godsend!) and dry in the sun. Thanks for the tips, all!

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August 24, 20151 found this helpful

Can I wash my microfabric in the washing machine?

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February 16, 20161 found this helpful

Thanksmy dog is in those days and she decided to lay on the couch and made these awful stains on them Thanks for your pointer I'm going to try

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May 27, 20160 found this helpful

Isn't that cool? You and your daughter buying exactly the same item. I love it when that happens.

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July 18, 20160 found this helpful

what is a spot bot?...I want to use your method

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August 14, 20160 found this helpful

A spot bot is a great handheld carpet cleaner! You put it right on your problem spot, turn it on and leave while it does the work :). Great investment, especially if you have children or pets!

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September 3, 20162 found this helpful

Yes! Works great. Just make sure you mark your covers so you can figure out which cover goes with which cushion.

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February 15, 20170 found this helpful

How did you clean top part cushions that don't come off?
Going try washing bottom since they have zipper going have hard time i know getting back on foam insert

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April 22, 20170 found this helpful

I was so nervous to put my covers in the washing machine but it worked amazingly well! Delicate cycle and a little bit of any brand of "free and clear" (dye/fragrance free) detergent. Then delicate cycle for the dryer. I took mine out when they were a tiny bit damp and let them air dry the rest of the way because I was paranoid about shrinking. I wish I had done this sooner!

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November 10, 20180 found this helpful

Did you zipper them up

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September 22, 2009

Can I put Microfiber sofa covers in the washer?

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February 17, 2009

I have a cream colored microfiber sofa and I want to wash the cushion covers in the washing machine. Any suggestions for settings and detergents?

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December 27, 2007

I have microfiber sofa covers that can zip off, can I machine wash them? If I can, what kind of soap can I use? If I can't, how can I get the spots off them?

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