How to clean a microfiber sofa with food stains? My sister-in-law gave me her old couch and it needs a little love to look its best. I’m on a budget, so spending a lot of money for a professional cleaning service is out of the question.
Mira Gonçalves, Springville, UT
Although you could pay a professional cleaning service, chances are you can take care of the problem yourself. I can tell you how to clean a microfiber sofa and remove those food stains with simple tools. Then, for the full guide to cleaning microfiber, see this page https://www.tipsbulletin.com/how-to-clean-a-microfiber-couch/ And now, let’s get started by answering the one question that will make or break your experience.
First, find the care label on the couch. See if it says you can clean the fabric with water or if it’s dry clean only. You might see a code like “W,” “S,” or “X.” The “W” reveals that you can wash with water while the “S” stands for solvents like rubbing alcohol. The “X” is the one thing you don’t want to see if you need to get rid of food stains. It means you can only dry brush the material. But what if you don’t locate an instruction tag? Then you can test each solution on a small spot out of sight.
Now, let’s continue by listing the tools you’ll need. Gather up a clean white cloth, a toothbrush, and a pencil eraser. If you can use solvents to clean, get rubbing alcohol. Otherwise, if the fabric accepts wet cleaning, use dish detergent and water or a steam cleaner. In any case, use as little of any liquid as possible because it can create water spots otherwise.
Try the pencil eraser or a special suede eraser on small stains. Then use the liquid cleaner on larger spots. Dampen the white rag first, then rub in a circular motion to remove the marks. If you notice that the dye is transferring to the cloth, stop immediately and stick to dry brushing the fabric.
Once the sofa dries, use a soft brush or a bristled attachment on your vacuum to blend the cleaned sections in with the rest of the couch.
I hope your new furniture turns out lovely once you’ve cleaned it.