How to Clean Microfiber Upholstery


Microfiber is a popular material for upholstery due to its durability and stain resistance. Unfortunately, it isn't stain proof and eventually you will need to clean it. There are two methods to clean microfiber upholstery that depend on whether yours is water safe.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum with brush attachment Soft bristle brush Terry cloth towel Woolite (for water safe microfiber) Dry detergent, such as Ivory Snow (for non-water safe microfiber) Cold water Hair dryer Baby wipes
  • Check the manufacturer's tag to see whether your upholstery is water safe before you begin and also check for any warnings on the label. You will also want to test a small inconspicuous area first to make sure your cleaning solution does not damage the microfiber upholstery.

  • Vacuum the microfiber with the brush attachment to remove any dirt or dust before you begin so you do not press it into the fabric while cleaning the stain. Do not press too hard with the attachment or you can damage the fabric.

  • Mix three to five drops of Woolite with the cold water for water-safe microfiber. Dip the towel in the water and wring it out thoroughly as excess water can damage microfiber. Working in a small section, gently rub the stain with the damp towel then immediately dry it with the hairdryer on the coolest setting before moving on to the next section. After you are done you can restore the texture to the microfiber by brushing it softly with the soft bristle brush.

  • Sprinkle a pinch or two of the dry detergent onto the stain (for non-water-safe microfiber), then use the soft bristle brush to to brush the detergent into the upholstery. Vacuum the area thoroughly with the brush attachment to get the detergent out of the microfiber.

  • You can try to blot a stubborn stain with a baby wipe. Make sure to test it first to make sure the alcohol in the baby wipe does not damage the microfiber. Also, do not rub with the wipe, as this will just press the stain deeper into the fibers of the upholstery.

Tips & Warnings

  • For non-water safe microfiber, a dry cleaning kit can sometimes be used to remove stains. Call the manufacturer for stain removal advice if the above tips do not work on your upholstery. Vacuum your microfiber upholstery regularly to avoid stains.
  • Never allow microfiber to get soaking wet, and always dry it immediately to avoid damage. Never use bleach on microfiber.

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