MICROFIBER is fiber with very thin strands, that can be made to look like suede or leather, which makes it an attractive fabric for sofas and couches. Also, because microfiber is durable and repels water, it is well suited for furniture.
The tricky thing about CLEANING microfiber sofas and couches is that on MOST of them (not all), you CAN’T use soap and water to clean it or you will end up with water rings that look worse than BEFORE you cleaned it! So, before you clean, determine which type of microfiber furniture you have. Check the tag on furniture for one of these codes:
-W means you must use water-based cleaning solution.
-S means you must use a solvent based cleaner
-S-W means you can use S or W type cleaners
-X means you can vacuum only (no water or solvent-based cleaning solutions).
If you have furniture with a W tag, then just clean with water. MOST furniture will have an S or no tag at all, which means you should treat as an S just to be “S”afe. What solvent to use? Since microfiber is polyester-based, what can be used to clean polyester can be used to clean microfiber, including Rubbing Alcohol (or clear alcohol such as vodka).
-Spray bottle (for use with rubbing alcohol)
-White Sponge (or color may transfer on couch)
Step 1: Vacuum with brush attachment to remove hair, crumbs, etc.
Step 2: Spray rubbing alcohol onto dirty area. The alcohol won’t saturate fabric and evaporates much quicker than water so it won’t leave a mark. Test in an inconspicuous spot if worried about colorfastness.
Step 3: Rub vigorously with a clean scrub sponge; make sure scrubbing surface is white or color could transfer. Plus you’ll be able to see all the grime coming off your furniture.
Step 4: Let the area dry completely. The fabric may look stiff or dark in places, but the next step will take care of that.
Step 5: Rub with a clean, soft scrub brush in a circular motion; use a white bristle brush to avoid discoloration. This step fluffs up surface of the fabric to make it soft again.