How to Clean Microfiber Couch Cushions

If you own a microfiber couch, it is important to periodically clean the couch cushions to remove dust, dirt and other buildup.

Cleaning Washable Microfiber Couch Cushions

Microfiber is a durable fabric that can withstand multiple cleanings; however, it is important to look at the tag on your microfiber couch cushions to determine whether the material is washable microfiber or non-washable microfiber so you can use the appropriate cleaning method. Washable microfiber can be cleaned with water where non-washable microfiber must be cleaned with dry cleaning methods.

Step 1

Vacuum the couch cushions with a soft brush, vacuum-cleaner attachment hose to suck up loose dust and dirt.

Step 2

Fill a bucket with ½ gallon of cold water. Add a few drops of mild dish soap and use your hands to mix up the soap and water.

Step 3

Dip a sponge into the soapy water and wring it out well. Working on one cushion at a time, scrub the microfiber gently with the sponge to clean it. Rinse and wring out the sponge often.

Step 4

Dry each couch cushion promptly after washing it with a blow dryer set on the coolest heat setting. Restore the nap on the microfiber cushions by brushing gently with a soft nail brush. Brush in the direction of the nap.

Cleaning Non-Washable Microfiber Couch Cushions

Step 1

Vacuum the couch cushions with a soft brush, vacuum-cleaner attachment hose to suck up loose dust and dirt.

Step 2

Sprinkle a gentle, powdered laundry detergent onto the couch, working on one cushion at a time. A small amount of detergent is all that is needed. Powdered Ivory, Woolite and Dreft are examples of gentle detergents.

Step 3

Brush the detergent into the couch cushion with a dry, soft scrub brush. Run the brush both with and against the nap to thoroughly loosen dirt and debris.

Step 4

Vacuum the cushions with a soft brush, vacuum-cleaner attachment hose to remove the dry detergent and any loosened dirt or debris. Restore the nap on the cushions with a soft nail brush.

Things You Will Need

  • Vacuum cleaner with soft brush hose attachment
  • Bucket
  • Mild dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Blow dryer
  • Soft nail brush
  • Gentle powdered laundry detergent
  • Soft scrub brush

Tip

  • Avoid using excessive amounts of water when cleaning microfiber, even if the cushions are washable.

About the Author

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.