You'll Never Believe What Will Clean Your Microfiber Couch

Learn how to clean a microfiber couch and keep it looking new for years. One solution is sure to surprise you!

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Microfiber furniture is known for its supreme stain-resisting ability, making it a top choice in homes with kids and pets. To keep yours comfortable and looking great, follow these simple steps on how to clean a microfiber couch.

General Maintenance
Clean your microfiber couch regularly with a quick vacuum, using your vacuum's upholstery attachment, or a nice, stiff brush, to loosen dirt and restore the fabric. Treat the occasional stain as quickly as possible with a microfiber cloth -- slightly dampened, if necessary.

Secret Power Cleaner: A solution many people have in the house, or can buy for a few bucks: baby wipes! They're a nice self-contained solution, too.

Know Your Code
To find out the best way to clean your microfiber couch's set-in stains, look for its cleaning code. "W" means it can be cleaned with water, "S" means it shouldn't be treated with water -- use a solvent, such as rubbing alcohol or a consumer dry cleaning solution instead. "S-W" means you can use either a solvent or water.

If you have a "W" code, and your cushion covers are removable, launder according to the manufacturer's instructions, or gently in cold water. Hang to dry, and brush to restore. If your cushions aren't removable, start by using a small amount of soapy water, brushing the spot with a stiff-bristled brush as it dries. Move on to an upholstery cleaner, if necessary.

For an "S," "S-W," or no code, try using straight rubbing alcohol. Spray it on lightly, then blot with a clean white cloth or scrubby sponge. (Test it in an inconspicuous spot first.) Continue as stain lifts. Let dry completely -- this should happen fairly fast, since alcohol evaporates quickly -- then brush fabric with a natural or white stiff-bristled brush.

Protect
Once you've gotten your microfiber sofa clean, treat it with a spray-on fabric protector to keep it that way longer. Protection length varies, based on use and care.

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