How to Clean a Microfiber Sofa

Your current home store is shown below. See all store location details

Select a Store

We were not able to detect your home store. For a better site experience please enter your zip code.

How to Clean a Microfiber Sofa

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Kerry Posted by Kerry on December 27, 2017

I have heard for a while that microfiber is a great fabric for sofas because of its mix of comfort, durability and the fact that it's easy to clean. I talked to Rick Spehar, who has worked for RC Willey in Salt Lake City since 1995 and he gave me the lowdown on cleaning microfiber.

Kerry: How do you clean a microfiber sofa?

Rick: First you want to find the manufacturer’s tag attached to the furniture (usually on the bottom of the sofa) indicating a cleaning code:

  • “W” is for a water-based cleaning solution
  • “S” is for a solvent-based solution
  • “SW” is for either water or solvent based solutions
  • “X” means vacuum only – no liquids

Most microfiber will be an “S” cleaning code. If one is not available a solvent based cleaning solution is the best guess. 

Use rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. (Do not use a water-based solution. It will leave watermarks.) Spray the soiled area and use a cleaning cloth to gently rub or blot the stain. Naturally colored sponges or white bristle brush may be used for more stubborn stains. Brush or rub to lift the stain from the material. 

Once dry it may be necessary to “fluff” the material which may become stiff after cleaning. Use a soft bristle brush or a fresh cleaning cloth to rub the cleaned area.  The fiber softness should return.    

Kerry: And what exactly is microfiber?

Rick: Microfiber is a synthetic fiber finer than one denier or decitex (thread), having a diameter of fewer than ten micrometers (code for small, soft, closely woven fabric). These fine fibers are affordable, soft to touch and create very comfortable furniture. Most microfiber furniture is made from polyester; however other materials such as nylon or polypropylene may be used. It is an extremely durable and cleanable fabric.

Sort By Blog Topic:

Popular Posts

Follow Us Online

Recent Posts


Subscribe to the The RC Willey Blog Blog

Please enter the email address where notifications of new blog entries should be sent.

We never share this information or use it for any other purpose. See our privacy policy for more information.
Please enter a valid address.

Unsubscribe from the The RC Willey Blog Blog

Please enter the email address where the notifications are being sent to remove yourself from the list.
Please enter a valid address.

Sign Up For Emails and SMS Texts

Be the first to know about new products, special offers, sales, deals, and so much more!

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a list name.
 Call Customer Support  Email  Call Web Support
BBB Accredited Business BB Rating A+ as of 8/10/2023. Click for Profile.