How to Remove Stains From a Microfiber Sofa


Microfiber is a popular material for couches because it looks expensive, like suede or nubuck, but is easier to clean and care for. Some microfiber can be washed with water while other types cannot. Always check with your sofa's care labels and manufacturer to see whether a wet or dry process is recommended. If the label displays a "W," it is OK to use a wet method.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid dishwashing detergent
  • Whisk
  • Sponge
  • Eraser
  • Nail file
  • Suede brush
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hairdryer

Dry Method

  • Mix 1 cup water with several tablespoons of mild liquid dishwashing detergent with a whisk.

  • Mix briskly until a generous amount of suds form.

  • Gather the suds on a dry and clean sponge.

  • Wipe the suds into the microfiber couch to loosen the stains. Continue until they have been completely removed. Let the couch dry completely.

  • Rub the stain with an eraser to remove it from the sofa surface.

  • Rub the stain with a nail file if it is still visible. This will remove the top few layers of the microfiber. Do not rub too vigorously because you may rip a hole in it.

  • Brush the microfiber couch with a suede brush to restore the sofa's nap.

Wet Method

  • Brush the entire couch with a suede brush. The suede brush has stiff bristles that will loosen dirt and debris. Remove as much of the stain as possible.

  • Mix 1 cup of water with several drops of liquid dishwashing detergent. Do not use a detergent with bleach.

  • Slightly dampen a sponge with the mixture and rub it into the stain. Do not soak the couch as this can damage the stuffing.

  • Dab rubbing alcohol on the stain if it is still visible.

  • Turn your hairdryer to the lowest setting and dry the area completely.

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