Microfiber Upholstery Cleaning

While it is true that microfiber upholstery fabric is one of the most durable of upholstery fabrics and can resist staining from water and other liquids, it is still vulnerable to certain stains, particularly those that are not promptly removed or are not removed with appropriate cleaning products. The steps below will guide you through your microfiber upholstery cleaning.

Items Needed:

  • Vacuum
  • Upholstery attachment
  • Clean cloths (2)
  • Water
  • Mild Detergent
  • Hair Dryer

Step #1 – Vacuum Regularly

To prevent the accumulation of dust, pet hair, dirt, and grime that may accumulate on your furniture and eventually ruin fibers on this fabric, it is important that you vacuum your furniture with this fabric on a regular basis. For best results, use the upholstery attachment of your vacuum.

Step #2 – Read Manufacturer’s Labels

Your furniture should have a manufacturer’s label or tag on it that will give you instructions as to how the fabric should be cleaned, what you should use to clean it, and what you should avoid using. To better protect your valuable furniture, read this label and follow its guidelines for cleaning. If you are unable to find manufacturer cleaning instructions, follow those below.

Step #3 – Act Promptly and Blot

Spills cannot entirely be avoided. Sooner or later, they will happen. When they do happen, it is important that you wipe them up as quickly as possible. One of the benefits of a microfiber fabric is its ability to "bead up" liquids that are spilled on it, and fortunately, this makes it easier for you to remove these spills. When removing a spill, blot it with a dry, absorbent cloth until the spot is almost dry. It is important that you blot the stain, rather than rub it, as scrubbing can cause the stain to spread and make it more difficult to remove.

Step #4 – Use Mild Detergent

Once the stain has been blotted, use a new clean cloth dampened with a very small amount of water and mild detergent. To avoid spreading the stain or creating a water mark, gently blot the stained area. Avoid scrubbing.

Step #5 – Blow Dry

If you have a hand-held hair dryer available, dry the stain by blowing on it with the dryer until the spot is completely dried.

Step #6 – Hard to Remove Spots

If the stain remains on your upholstery after using the above cleaning methods, try using a dry cleaning product. Again, check the manufacturer’s instructions as to which products are safe to use on your upholstery. Microfiber is actually a polyester, therefore anything that can be used on polyester can be used on microfiber, such as ammonia or rubbing alcohol.

Step #7 – Hardened Fabrics

Sometimes microfiber fabric will become hard in places where you have removed a stain. If this happens, use a soft bristled toothbrush and gently rub the segment of the fabric that has hardened until it softens.