Microfiber Couch: Best Cleaning Guide for Years to Come

Microfiber furniture is highly regarded for its exceptional resistance to stains, making it a popular upholstery choice for households with children and pets.

This fabric has a luxurious velvet-like texture but is also highly durable for everyday use.

While microfiber couches often come in neutral colors like brown and gray, they have the ability to enhance and intensify the vibrancy of other colors. With proper care, a microfiber couch can outlast other fabric options by several years.

However, in the event of spills or stains, it is essential to know how to effectively clean the upholstery. To maintain the comfort and pristine appearance of your microfiber couch, follow these straightforward steps on how to clean it.

How to Protect a Microfiber Couch from Wear and Stains

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After cleaning your microfiber sofa, consider applying a spray-on fabric protector like Scotchguard to prolong its resistance to stains.

The effectiveness and duration of protection may vary depending on usage and maintenance. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying the fabric protector.

If your microfiber fabric feels stiff or rough after cleaning, it might be due to tangled fibers.

Use a fine-tooth comb or a dry sponge to gently comb or rub the surface until it regains its softness.

How to Remove Stains on a Microfiber Couch

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To effectively remove set-in stains from your microfiber couch, refer to the cleaning code provided, which is typically indicated on the tag or under the seat cushions.

A “W” code means it can be cleaned with water, while an “S” code suggests avoiding water and using a solvent such as Rubbing Alcohol or a dry-cleaning solution. An “S-W” code allows for either a solvent or water for cleaning.

Cleaning a “W” Code Fabric.

If your microfiber couch has a “W” code and removable cushion covers, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for laundering or gently cleaning in cold water.

Hang them to dry and use a stiff-bristled brush to restore the smooth texture. If the cushions are not removable, dampen a small amount of soapy water and brush the spot with a stiff-bristled brush as it dries.

If the stain persists, consider using an upholstery cleaning product like Woolite Carpet & Upholstery Foam Cleaner.

Cleaning an “S,” “S-W,” or No Code Fabric.

For microfiber couches with an “S,” “S-W,” or no code, try using rubbing alcohol.

Lightly spray it on the stain, then blot it with a clean white cloth or sponge. Test the rubbing alcohol on an inconspicuous area first.

Continue blotting until the stain lifts. Allow it to dry completely (which should be quick as the alcohol evaporates fast) and brush the fabric with a natural or white stiff-bristled brush.

How to Clean a Microfiber Couch

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Photo: How to Clean a Microfiber Couch

What You’ll Need.


  • Vacuum with an upholstery attachment
  • Stiff fabric brush
  • Microfiber Cloth Removing Stains on a Microfiber Couch
  • Stiff-bristled brush


  • Baby wipes (optional) Removing Stains on a Microfiber Couch
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Dry-Cleaning Solutions (optional)
  • Soapy water
  • Upholstery cleaning product


Vacuum or Brush the Couch.

Regularly clean your microfiber couch by vacuuming it with the upholstery attachment of your vacuum cleaner.

You can also use a stiff fabric brush to remove dirt and restore the fabric’s appearance. Make sure to remove crumbs, dust, and any debris that could potentially damage the fabric.

Treat your microfiber couch like you would your carpet and vacuum it every time you vacuum the floor. If possible, implement a “no pets on the couch” rule to minimize pet hair.

Treat Fabric Stains.

Address any stains on your microfiber couch as soon as possible using a microfiber cloth, slightly dampened if needed.

Small spills usually don’t penetrate the fabric and can be easily wiped away. Alternatively, you can use baby wipes as a convenient household solution for cleaning your microfiber couch.

Keep them stored in a closed container or drawer in the Living Room for quick access.

*The information is for reference only.