Microfiber couches are becoming increasingly popular because of their smooth texture and high level of durability. Compared to other types of fabrics, microfiber is less likely to be stained.
It has a tightly woven structure, making it hard for a liquid to penetrate its surface. But, if left for lengthy periods of time, a liquid can seep through and stain the couch. To combat this, as well as dust and debris, here is some information about how to clean a microfiber couch.
1. Set a Cleaning Schedule
Stick to a regular cleaning schedule for your couch; doing this will ameliorate the cleaning process. It is best to use a vacuum, at least once a week, to remove surface-level debris. And, if you have pets, you may want to consider vacuuming at least twice a week so that hair strands do not adhere to your couch’s fibers.
It is also best to clean spills immediately after they occur so that they can be removed without much effort. And it is best to deep clean your couch on a monthly basis so that it retains a pristine look.
2. Obtain Useful Tools and Supplies
Be sure to obtain the right tools and supplies when cleaning a microfiber couch. It is recommended that you invest in tools like a high-quality vacuum, a whisk, a microfiber cloth or rag, a bucket, a bowl, a soft-bristled brush, an upholstery brush, a sponge, and a spray bottle.
It is also recommended that you invest in supplies like rubbing alcohol, dishwashing soap, baking soda, and dry cleaning fluid. These tools and supplies will make the cleaning process run very smoothly.
3. Identify Fabric Care Requirements
Microfiber couches are required to have furniture care tags, which have codes that reveal to owners the safest, most effective way to clean the fabric on the couch. Here is a list of each code and their meanings:
- Code W-clean the fabric with a water-based cleaner
- Code S-clean the fabric with a solvent-based cleaner
- Code S-W-clean the fabric with a water-based or solvent-based cleaner
- Code X-do not use a water-based or solvent-based cleaner; use a brush or vacuum
Again, furniture care tags reveal how to clean a microfiber couch. They are usually found underneath a couch or under its cushions. Note that if your couch, for some reason, does not have a furniture care tag, it is best to use a solvent-based product to clean it.
Also note that, before using any kind of product, it is crucial that you conduct a spot test. Spot-testing will help you determine whether the cleaner you use will effectively remove a stain or if it will cause damage to your couch.
4. Remove Surface-Level Debris
Before you use any kind of cleaning solution, it is best to remove debris from the surface of your microfiber couch.
You can use a vacuum with a crevice and an upholstery function to lift crumbs, dust, and dirt off your couch; vacuuming will help you reach tight corners and spaces in and around your couch. You can also use a soft-bristled brush or an upholstery brush to remove surface-level debris.
5. Use the Correct Type of Cleaning Solution
Depending on its furniture care code, you can use a water-based or solvent-based cleaner to clean your couch. Dishwashing soap is the most commonly used type of water-based cleaner, and rubbing alcohol is the most commonly used type of solvent-based cleaner.
Below is more information on how to use each type of cleaner:
- Use Dishwashing Soap for Code W or W-S Tags: When using dishwashing soap, mix it with water to create soap suds; add a quarter cup of dishwashing soap to four cups of water, and use a whisk to mix it in a bowl or bucket. Dip a brush or sponge in the soap suds and carefully scrub each area of the couch. After scrubbing each area of the couch, use a damp microfiber cloth or rag to rinse each area out. Then, allow the couch to air-dry and vacuum away any noticeable matted fibers.
- Use Rubbing Alcohol for Code S or W-S Tags: When using rubbing alcohol, it is best to put it in a small spray bottle and spray each area of your couch, starting at the top. Use a brush or a sponge to remove any dirt while the couch is still damp with rubbing alcohol. Afterward, allow the couch to air-dry and vacuum away any noticeable matted fibers.
6. Eliminate Pesky Stains & Pungent Odors
To tackle grease stains, use cornstarch and scrub it in with a toothbrush. The cornstarch should absorb the oil from the grease stain, so it is best to let it sit for one hour or more and then lift it up with a vacuum. You can spot clean the area with a water-based or solvent-based cleaner after vacuuming away the starch.
To remove chewing gum, use small blocks of ice and a dull knife. The ice will harden the gum, making it easy to scrape it off with a dull knife. After removing the gum, you can spot clean the area using a water-based or solvent-based product.
To eliminate odors, use baking soda and a soft-bristled brush. Sprinkle the couch with baking soda and lightly scrub it with a soft-bristled brush. Let the baking soda sit on the couch overnight. Afterward, use a vacuum to remove the baking soda, which, at this point, should have absorbed all the unpleasant odors on the couch.