How to Clean Microfiber Couches

Even before the onset of COVID quarantines people were using their dining room tables less and opting for eating meals on the couch. In fact, according to a 2019 study of more than 1000 Americans, 30% named the couch as their primary eating place. Now due to COVID, more people are staying home and eating out less. We can guess that means even more meals are taking place on the couch. That doesn’t mean it has to look like it though! Rug Doctor is the best way to remove spots and stains from spills on a microfiber couch.

What’s the difference between cleaning a microfiber couch and other upholstered couches?

If you purchased a microfiber couch, you probably did so because you thought it would be easier to clean. You were right! Microfiber couches are made with small fibers that are dense and can hold their color better than other fabrics. Microfiber couches are ideal because they are ultra-soft and they also resist water and stains better than other upholstery fabric like cotton and linen. Because of this, microfiber couches are often the choice of families with young kids and pets. Another great, but lesser known benefit of microfiber upholstery is that less dust and other allergens can sink into the couch through the fabric! Although microfiber couches are more durable and stain resistant than other upholstered couches, they are not completely invulnerable to stains. They still need a good deep clean every now and then.

Which Rug Doctor deep cleaning machine should you rent to clean a microfiber couch?

If you are wanting to clean your couch as part of a total home cleaning, we recommend renting the Rug Doctor Pro Deep Cleaner with the Upholstery Attachment. You can clean your couch and carpet with one rent. If you are just wanting to clean your couch, you should rent the Pro Portable Detailer & Spot Cleaner. Both machines offer pro-grade power and suction. You can’t go wrong with either one!

After you rent the Rug Doctor machine of your choice, clean your microfiber couch in five easy steps.

  1. Check the manufacturers tag. It should have S, W, W/S or X. If there is a W or W/S on the tag it means you can use water for cleaning and it is safe to use a Rug Doctor on your couch. If you do not see W or W/S, do not use a Rug Doctor on your couch and contact the manufacturer for cleaning instructions.
  2. Vacuum your couch before cleaning. This will remove loose food particles and dirt. If there is a wet spill, use a towel to soak up excess liquid.
  3. Test the Rug Doctor cleaning solution in an inconspicuous spot and allow it to dry before proceeding. We recommend using Rug Doctor Spot + Upholstery triple action cleaning formula that cleans, deodorizes and protects. Follow instructions as listed on the bottle.
  4. Use the Rug Doctor deep cleaner by following instructions listed on the machine. Even though microfiber couches repel water, you still need to be careful not to over-wet. Make at least 1 or 2 dry passes without depressing the solution button in between each wet pass. This will also help your couch dry faster.
  5. After your couch is dry, brush it with a soft bristle brush to restore appearance.

Pretty simple, right? We want to see your results! Share your before and after shots with us on Facebook and Instagram! Happy cleaning!