How to Clean Up Milk Spills on Microfiber Couches

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Spilled milk can leave a stain on microfiber furniture.
Spilled milk can leave a stain on microfiber furniture. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Microfiber is a popular fabric choice due to its good looks, durability, and ability to repel stains. When it comes to dust and dirt, regular vacuuming keeps microfiber looking like new. Liquid stains are another matter. Some liquids will bead up on microfiber, but others, like milk or coffee, can leave behind an unsightly stain. Some stains may require repeated cleaning efforts or more than one method of cleaning for complete removal.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild soap
  • White vinegar
  • Clean cloths
  • Cleaning solvent (optional)

Read the care label. Some manufacturers recommend solvent-based cleaners, while others recommend water-based cleaners.

If the care label is missing, blot as much of the spilled milk from the furniture as possible. Place a clean cloth over the stain, and hold it there for a few seconds to transfer the stain from the furniture to the cloth. Avoid rubbing the stain.

Mix a few drops of mild soap such as dish detergent with 2 cups of lukewarm water. Add a few tablespoons of white vinegar. Vinegar aids in removing odors.

Dip a clean cloth into the cleaning solution, and test it on an inconspicuous area of the couch. If no color transfer occurs, use the solution to clean the milk stain. Gently blot the stain with the cleaning solution. Avoid rubbing the stain. This procedure may need to be repeated more than once to completely lift the stain.

Dampen a clean cloth in cold water to remove soap and vinegar, and allow the microfiber to air-dry.

Alternatively, use a cleaning solvent formulated for microfiber, and apply it according to the manufacturer's directions.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid saturating the cloth with the cleaning solution. Excessive water can leave stains on microfiber.
  • Do not pour the cleaning solution directly onto the microfiber fabric.

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