How to Stain Protect Microfiber Furniture

Microfiber is a blend of polyester fabric that has grown more popular in furniture design.

Because it is durable, easy to dye and is naturally stain resistant, it is a great fabric for people with children and pets. Because microfiber has the stain-resistant properties built into it, there is no need to do anything extra to protect it from stains. However, stain resistant does not mean stain proof. Tough fabrics such as microfiber still can pick up stains and dirt from normal household use. Here are some ideas to help you remove stains from microfiber furniture.

Blot liquid spills immediately with a clean paper or cloth towel. Do not rub. This can cause the fibers to become embedded in the fabric, making it harder to clean while leaving lint in the stain.

Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the towel and gently blot the stain until it comes up. Then let the area dry. As the area dries, the stain and any smell from the alcohol will evaporate.

Pour 1/2 cup of water into a bowl. Add 1/4 cup of baking soda. Mix until the mixture becomes a thick paste. Apply the mixture to the stain and allow to dry. Once the mixture is dry, wipe or vacuum the dry paste away.

Apply a small amount of dish soap to the stain. Gently wipe stain away with a wet paper towel or damp clean cloth. Continue to wipe until the stain comes up. Once the stain is gone, allow the area to dry.

Things You Will Need

  • Paper towels or clean cloth towel
  • Rubbing alcohol (optional)
  • Bowl
  • Baking soda (optional)
  • Dish soap (optional)
  • Vacuum (optional)

Tip

  • If you are unsure what products to use on your fabric, check the manufacturer's label. This should tell you what products are safe to use. If you still are unsure, use a small sample of product on an undetectable portion of fabric. If there is any change to the fabric's color, do not use that product.

Warning

  • Do not scrub microfiber. Harsh scrubbing can cause damage to the fiber and hinder its stain-resistant properties. Do not use stain guard products on microfiber. These products can contain bleach or other hash chemicals that can damage the fabric.

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Calif., Sameerah Blue has been writing professionally since 2000. She has been a contributing writer for "Step Magazine," "Rapport Magazine" and "Highland Park News." She is also a writer and editor for the blog Ectomag.com