Cleaning Microfiber Upholstery in 3 Steps

What You'll Need
Fabric brush
Pail or bucket
Dish liquid (regular)
Fabric protector

Microfiber upholstery has the luxurious look and feel of suede. To keep it looking its best, try the following directions for cleaning microfiber upholstery. You’ll need a few supplies that can be found at your local hardware or home improvement store.

Step 1 - Clean and Test the Upholstery

Before starting, you’ll want to be sure your upholstery is free of dust and other debris. Use your fabric brush over all areas. Pay special attention to any corners and crannies. Dust left when you begin cleaning will just make a dirty spot on your fabric, so this is an important first step for cleaning microfiber upholstery.

You’ll next make a small mixture of water and dish liquid. Combine a cup of warm water with a couple of drops of dish liquid and mix it well. Test the mixture for colorfastness on a spot that is not highly visible.

Step 2 - Clean More Deeply

Fill your bucket or pail with 1 to 2 gallons of warm water. Be sure not to use hot water, as it can damage your upholstery. For each gallon of water, add 2 tablespoons of dish liquid and mix well, especially if your dish liquid has color. (Be sure your dish liquid does not contain additives such as hand softener, or it will stain your upholstery.)

Dip the sponge in the soapy water and squeeze out all excess moisture. You don’t want to get your upholstery too wet because too much moisture will make spots. Begin by addressing any spots that you may have on your fabric. Gently clean in circles where the spot is. Repeat if necessary until you have removed the spot. You can then use the same method on the rest of the upholstery.

While cleaning microfiber upholstery, you must keep your water clean. At any time that your water looks dirty, change it out for a new batch.

Step 3 - Dry and Brush

Allow the microfiber upholstery to completely air-dry. Then brush it again to renew the look of the nap.

If you notice after drying that you still have remnants of spots, you can repeat the process to remove them. Be sure to let the upholstery dry completely before you repeat the cleaning process. Over-rubbing can cause the nap of your fabric to thin.

After cleaning microfiber upholstery, you can then apply protector if you desire.

Step 4 - Protect the Microfiber Upholstery

If you would like to add extra protection to your upholstery, use the product you have purchased from your home improvement or hardware store (such as Scotchgard or Soil Shield) to help deter future stains. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application. Such products allow for easy cleanup of spills or dirt without much effort from you.