All microfiber couches need cleaning, but depending on the code they must be cleaned differently. Microfiber couches with a code designation of W must be cleaned with water based solutions or water and a mild detergent. Solvents (which are used on S coded couches) should not be used to clean microfiber couches with a W code. It will ruin your couch.
General Microfiber Couch Cleaning
If you’re cleaning your couch because you’ve had it a while and it’s looking a little dingy, don’t try to clean the whole couch in one sitting. Allow ample time for cleaning an entire couch or sofa. Often times over zealous couch owners start the couch cleaning process only to run out of steam. They sometimes use all of their energy working on the hard to clean oil stains and spots and run out of steam when it comes to cleaning the rest of the couch. Take the size and the condition of the sofa into consideration when allocating cleaning time.
Start the process by giving the microfiber couch a good to vacuuming. Vacuuming removes any excess or loose debris. Vacuuming works better than brushing the debris because brushing may serve to embed the dirt and/or stain further into the microfiber.
Once you have successfully removed the surface dirt, it’s time to test your cleaning solution. Testing your solution in an inconspicuous area such as a small area on the lower corner on the back of the couch will prevent you from creating an eyesore if you inadvertently use the incorrect solution. Wait until the solution dries before giving it the go ahead.
Cleaning Stains and Spots
Work on the most soiled spots first. If there are stains or spots on the couch that require a little extra elbow grease, consider those your starting points. Using a mild soap and water solution, take a soft cloth and gently rub the fabric until the stain comes out. Stubborn stains may require more than one attempt at removal.
If the warm water solution isn’t working, use a stronger solution of 50/50 using water and grease cutting soap such as Dawn. Let’s face it, if Dawn can remove oil from birds as a result of an oil spill; it can certainly remove the grease stains from your microfiber sofa. Repeat several times until the stain comes out.
Once the stain comes out, blot the area with a clean damp cloth to remove all of the excess soap. After the major stains are removed it’s time to clean the rest of the sofa. If your goal was only to remove the spots/stains, then you’re done. Remove as much of the liquid from the spot by blotting the area dry with a clean towel and allow the remainder to air dry.
Using a Carpet/Upholstery Cleaning Machine
If your own vacuum cleaner doesn’t have a carpet/upholstery cleaning attachment, you can always rent one from a local home improvement store like Home Depot or Lowes. When purchasing a solution to use with it, make sure it’s a water-based solution such as Homax Oops or other water based cleaners.
Follow the machine manufacturer’s instruction for cleaning your microfiber couch. The one word of caution is making sure you do not saturate your couch. Do not apply too much liquid when using the upholstery cleaner. It’s best to err on the side of caution when determining how much fluid to use. You can always apply more fluid, but it’s difficult to dry a drenched couch.