A microfiber couch may have a lot of germs, dust and dirt settled inside the fibers, which may not be visible to the naked eye. Microfiber is an artificially synthesized fabric that is created from thin polyester and nylon fibers. These fibers are tightly knit or woven to create a plush feel and are therefore, more resistant to dirt, dust and stains penetrating the surface.
But they are not completely stain-free. They too tend to get stained, dirty and dusty over a period of time. Removing stains and spills from such fabrics is easier. Here we have listed some cleaning tips to keep in mind.
How often to Clean a Microfiber Couch?
It is recommended to maintain your couch regularly to keep it looking its best. You should vacuum it regularly to remove the surface dust and dirt. This is very important if you have pets in the house. Wet stains and spills should be quickly treated for the best results. You should also thoroughly clean the couch monthly or seasonally to keep it smelling fresh and dust-free.
How to Clean a Microfiber Couch at Home?
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With some easily available kitchen remedies, you can clean your microfiber couch easily at home. You will need:
- Liquid dishwashing Soap
- Isopropyl (rubbing alcohol)
- Baking Soda
- Upholstery or Carpet Cleaner
- Dry Cleaning Solvent
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Spray Bottle
- Soft-Bristled Sponge or Brush
- Two Buckets
How to Clean with Soap Suds and Water:
Look for a sign on the cleaning instructions tag attached to your sofa. If it is labelled as ‘W’ or ‘W-S’ tag, then it means that the upholstery can be safely cleaned with soap studs and water.
- You need to first vacuum the couch:
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Begin vacuuming the couch with a vacuum cleaner at all the crevices and stitched seams to remove all traces of dirt, dust and hair.
- Mix the Cleaning Solution:
Fill the bucket up to one-fourth with warm water and add a cup of liquid dishwashing soap. Using a whisk, mix the solution to create soapy suds. Fill the second bucket with plain water.
- Dip and Scrub with Soap Suds:
Carefully dip the brush or sponge in the soapy suds and evenly spread the suds on the surface and start scrubbing with an upholstery brush. Start at the top and eventually come down. Rinse the brush frequently in clean water. Repeat this process several times, until you feel you have scrubbed every area of the couch with soapy studs and then with plain water.
- Rinse and Fluff:
Once the area has been cleaned, dampen a microfiber cleaning cloth with plain water and wipe the area. Allow the fabric to dry completely. Use a vacuum brush to fluff any matted fibers. Leave the couch to dry naturally or under a fan.
How to Clean a Microfiber Couch with Rubbing Alcohol?
If the couch has been labelled with ‘S’ tag, it means that it needs to be cleaned with a solvent like rubbing alcohol, dry cleaning solvent or a solvent-based upholstery cleaner.
The first step is to dry vacuum the couch to remove the dry dirt, dust and hair particles.
- Apply the Cleaning Solution:
Next, place the rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and spray the fabric at the top of a couch area, slowly coming down.
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- Scrub away the Soil:
Next, use a sponge or a soft-bristled brush to scrub the surface. Rinse the scrub or sponge in plain water and then wring to remove all the moisture. Repeat this process until you find the surface clean.
- Dry and Fluff:
Allow the upholstery to dry naturally. Lastly, again vacuum to lift any left over matted fibers.
How to Clean a Microfiber Couch with Tough Stains and Odors?
If the microfiber couch has tough stains like grease, chewing gum or odors, follow the instructions below:
- Grease Stains:
To remove grease stains, sprinkle the stain with cornstarch and work it in with an old toothbrush. Allow it to sit for an hour and then vacuum it. Repeat this process, until you find the stain disappear. The cornstarch will absorb the oil. Next, clean the area with soap suds or rubbing alcohol to remove any stains.
- Chewing Gum:
Place ice cubes in a sealed plastic bag and put it on top of the chewing gum. This will make the gum harden. Now, using a dull knife or your fingernail, try to break away the hardened gum. Work your way slowly and keep refreezing the gum until it is completely removed. Remove the leftover stains with rubbing alcohol or soap suds.
If your couch is reeking of a bad odor, sprinkle the entire couch with baking soda before sleeping at night. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, work it in lightly. The next day, vacuum it to remove the baking soda. You will find the odors have gone.
These are some cool tricks to clean a microfiber couch easily at home.