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How to Clean Microfiber at Home? (DIY)

In this article, we will discuss how to clean microfiber? Microfiber is actually a fiber having very thin strands which can be made to appear like leather or suede. Microfiber is generally used to form some attractive fabric for couches and sofas. Plus, microfiber is long-lasting and repels water; it is suitable for furniture. However, furniture manufacturers would like you to believe that microfiber furniture are impermeable to stains and indestructible, which is not true. Sooner or later you will find that your microfiber sofa or couch have gotten dirty and needs to be clean. To overcome this situation, we have mentioned some of the ways to clean microfiber easily and effectively. Follow the directions properly for positive result.

But, before you start cleaning, you should know that which type of microfiber furniture you have. For this, you can check the tag on your furniture to know its type. Check for the following code on the label of your furniture.

  • W labeling means that you can use water based cleaning solution to clean microfiber.
  • S labeling means that you should use a “solvent” based cleaner.
  • S-W indicates that you can use S or W type cleaners.
  • X labeling means that you can only use vacuum and not water based or solvent based cleaner.

Let us now discuss different ways to clean microfiber.

How to Clean Microfiber

Ways to Clean Microfiber

1.) Vacuuming and Brushing to Clean Microfiber

One of the best things about microfiber is that it is closely and tightly knit of densely packed microfibers. This quality of microfiber helps prevent dirt and allergens from penetrating inside the fabric. This means that you can clean the surface of your furniture using vacuum method.


  • Vacuum weekly to keep your microfiber sofa looking nice and clean.
  • Get rid of any dirt or dust using a bristled upholstery attachment.
  • Make sure you brush the nap of the microfiber at the same time. This will help in keeping it feel soft.
  • If you like to brush microfiber on the days when you don’t vacuum, you can do this using a soft, nylon-bristled scrub brush.

2.) Rubbing Alcohol to Clean Microfiber Furniture

Steps to Follow:

  • Though microfiber furniture is designed to prevent water, treating the spills quickly will help prevent watermarks from forming.
  • Simply blot the liquid from your couch using a plain white cloth. You just need to press the cloth down and lifting it up instead of rubbing.
  • In case there are some stains and watermarks, you can take help of rubbing alcohol.
  • You just need to fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spray it on the stain.
  • Then rub it using a white or natural-colored sponge.
  • Let the alcohol to get dry. You can speed up the drying process by using a blow dryer on the cool mode.
  • After it’s completely dry, brush the stain using a dry, nylon-bristled scrub brush.

3.) Soap Suds to Clean Microfiber

Steps to Follow:

  • If your microfiber sofa is water-safe, you can scrub it down using soap suds.
  • For this, take a generous amount of dishwashing liquid in a large bowl and pour some warm water to make suds.
  • Now, take a clean white cloth or dye-free sponge and soak it into the suds (avoiding the water).
  • Next, rub the sofa gently in a circular motion.
  • Then blot the suds away using a dry white cloth.
  • Remember to work in sections to prevent your sofa from absorbing too much water.
  • After you are done with the scrubbing, brush the area using a nylon-bristled scrub brush to merge and soften the nap of the fabric.

4.) Vodka to Clean Microfiber

Steps to Follow:

  • Like rubbing alcohol, you can use vodka as well to clean microfiber.
  • Fill a spray bottle with vodka and spray it on the stain or dirt of your sofa.
  • Now, rub the area using a sponge.
  • Let the vodka get dry before brushing the stain with the help of dry, nylon-bristled scrub brush.

5.) Baking Soda to Clean Microfiber Stains

Steps to Follow:

  • For this you will need to make a thick paste of baking soda and water.
  • Simply apply this paste to the stain of your microfiber sofa.
  • Wait for a couple of minutes before wiping it clean.

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