How to Wash and Dry Microfiber Sofa Cushions

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A microfiber sofa adds comfort and charm to your home. Although this material is durable and stain-resistant, the sofa cushions may get dirty and need to be cleaned. Don’t just grab the cushions and start scrubbing. Wash and dry your microfiber sofa cushions the right way to get them clean without compromising the integrity of the fabric. Check the tag of the cushions to see if they can be cleaned with water or if dry cleaning is recommended.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner with soft brush attachment
  • Bucket
  • Gentle liquid laundry or dish soap
  • Clean, white terrycloth towel
  • Hair dryer
  • Gentle powdered laundry detergent
  • Soft-bristled scrub brush

Wet Washing and Drying

Vacuum both sides of the cushions with a soft brush vacuum attachment. This will remove the loose dust, dirt and other debris from the fabric.

Fill a bucket with cold water. Add a few drops of gentle liquid laundry or dish soap. Mix up the soap and water well with your hands.

Dampen a clean, white terrycloth towel with the soapy water. Wring it out well to remove as much of the excess water as possible.

Scrub the cushion gently with the damp towel using small, circular motions. Divide the cushion into about four sections, and work on one section at a time. Dry each section with a hair dryer set on the “Cool” setting promptly after washing.

Continue this process until each section of each cushion has been washed and dried. If necessary, flip the cushion over and repeat the process on the opposite side.

Dry Washing

Vacuum both sides of the cushions with a soft brush attachment to remove loose dirt, dust and debris.

Divide the cushion into four sections. Work on one section at a time. Sprinkle gentle, powdered laundry detergent in a thin coating onto one section.

Brush that section of the cushion gently for about 30 to 60 seconds with a soft-bristled scrub brush. Vacuum the loose powder from the section.

Move on to the next section, and sprinkle on the detergent. Gently scrub the section, then vacuum up the powder. Repeat this process, working on one section of a cushion at a time, until the cushions are clean.

Tips & Warnings

  • Restore the nap of the microfiber by brushing it with a fabric brush after cleaning.
  • Avoid saturating your microfiber cushions with water. This can cause damage to the fabric.
  • Never lay the cushions in direct sunlight or use heat to dry them. This can warp the fabric.

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