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How to Clean a Microfiber Couch

Updated on January 15, 2013

How to Clean a Microfiber Couch a Step by Step Guide

Once you know how to clean microfiber couches, you can keep your furniture looking great for years. Microfiber is a very soft, yet durable fabric that cleans up easily once you know how to care for it. Here you will learn how to clean microfiber and find microfiber cleaning solutions and supplies. Take care of your microfiber furniture and enjoy it for a long time.

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Lotus Green Microfiber Loveseat
Lotus Green Microfiber Loveseat

Different Types of Microfiber Require Different Cleaning Methods

Which kind of microfiber is your couch covered in?

When you go shopping for a new couch, the salesman always steers you toward microfiber. After all it's extremely durable and stain resistant and it's a dream to clean. Right? Well, almost right. It depends what type of microfiber you have. There are two main types of microfiber fabric: woven and non-woven.

The woven microfiber furniture is quite affordable. A woven microfiber is knitted onto a reinforced backing. If you unzip your couch cushion and find a backing, much like you see on a needle point craft, then you have the inexpensive woven microfiber and will need to take care when cleaning it. The sueded look of a woven microfiber is created by forcefully sanding the surface of the fabric; therefore, the fabric itself is damaged before it even leaves the showroom floor. Cleaning a woven microfiber can leave water rings on your furniture and rubbing it too hard or in the wrong direction can leave you with bald spots.

Non-woven microfiber is very pricey. This is the fabric that is also referred to as Ultrasuede and it is what you have in mind when you seek to purchase a microfiber couch. Non-woven microfiber is durable, extremely stain resistant, and super easy to clean. Since it is 100% polyester and isn't made up of threads, spills have no way of seeping into the fabric, and so remain pooled on the surface.

Once you know whether you're dealing with woven or non-woven, you will then know how to clean your microfiber furniture.

Which Type of Microfiber Couch do You Have?

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Microfiber Sofa Bed - Click to See Low Sale Price

Knowing which type of microfiber you own is essential to caring properly for your furniture. Woven microfiber can easily be stained and damaged with heavy scrubbing or harsh cleaners.

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Clean a Microfiber Couch with Bissell Little Green - The Bissell Little Green is great for cleaning microfiber furniture

Bissell Little Green for Cleaning Microfiber
Bissell Little Green for Cleaning Microfiber

Bissell Little Green Multi-Purpose Compact Deep Cleaner

The Bissell Little Green deep cleaning machine is great for cleaning all sorts of upholstery fabrics and carpet. It works great for cleaning up small spots or for general cleaning of large surfaces. As a mom of three little ones, I've used my Little Green to clean everything from juice spills on our microfiber couch to puppy stains on the carpet. You will find many uses for this one little cleaning machine. The Little Green sprays solution mixed with water on the area you are cleaning, and then uses suction to pull up the dirty water which helps the fabric dry faster. The stain lifting brush on the Little Green helps fluff microfiber so it doesn't lose its soft texture.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes and thank you..my recliner was becoming so dirty and I was scard to clean it with anything. Did not want to damage the materials. Now I can clean with worries..thanks again. Janice bush

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I guess I want to be spoonfed. You were a great help as to what kind of couch I have and that I may use bissell. But which solution should I be using? I think I can take it from here; I know read the label. Thanks.