Cleaning A Microfiber Couch – All you need to know!!
Scott and I purchased our camel / sand colored microfiber couch back in 2009. We bought it the week before we closed on our first house. We were ecstatic. This couch was our prized possession. It was worth more than either one of our cars. We babied it … until we had an actual baby. Then our poor neglected couch was spit up on, colored on, and just abused.
Last week I was looking at the couch and it was disgusting. I felt embarrassed and ashamed. How on earth could I have let it get this bad… but what the heck was I suppose to do? It is giant – it was so darn expensive… So I decided to wash it! I could not be happier with the end results!!
I won’t lie – I was really nervous about ruining our couch before I started. Thankfully we had an extra back cushion, so I had a test cover. *yay* I washed the cover that went with my backup before touching my other ones. I was thrilled when it came out looking brand new!
Benefits of Cleaning A Microfiber Couch:
- Removes stains, dirt, and years of grime
- Removes any set in odors
- Helps to un-stretch your covers. *Think of a pair of jeans. You know how if you wear a pair of jeans too many times before washing them they start to become loose? Once you wash and dry them, they are back to fitting nicely? Your cushions will do the same thing!
Step-By-Step to Cleaning A Microfiber Couch:
- Remove a back cushion and the seat cushion that goes with it. You’ll want to wash them in sets of two. This helps to ensure they get extra cleaning powers – and it will make sure you do not mix up their innards.
- Remove all of the stuffing from the back cover- and the foam from the seat cover.
- Wash your covers (See details on how to wash below)
- Dry your covers (See details on how to dry below)
- Re-stuff your covers – and put your cushions back on the couch
- Admire your beautiful couch!
While Your Covers are Washing:
While you are washing your couch covers you’ll want to re-fluff your back cushion materials. This is a huge game changer! Over time the stuffing will condense and become really hard – it will cause uncomfortable lumps and bumps in your cushions – as well as an overall look of old wrinkled cushions.
See the difference!?
If your cushions still look and feel like they need more fill. You can supplement by adding some additional Poly-Fil. You can stuff more into the corners of your cushions to ensure that they look great. You can grab a whole 10 pound box of poly-fil for 20 bucks at wal-mart. If you re-fluff your stuffing you may not need any extra filling at all.
If your seat cushions are still saggy. You can very easily wrap them in batting to give them a little more thickness. Just spray your existing cushion with some adhesive, and wrap a new sheet of batting around it before stuffing it back into your cover. *Our couch did not need the extra batting.
Cleaning A Microfiber Couch- MY Washing Machine Settings:
- Load Size – I put a back cover and a seat cover in the machine at a time. I set the load size to a “large” My cushions are pretty big, and I wanted to make sure there was enough water in the machine to completely cover them.
- Temperature- Warm/Warm
- Extra Rinse / End Of Cycle Sound – Yes and Yes. I want the extra rinse to make sure no detergent is left on the cushions – and I want the end of cycle alarm so I am quick to get them in the dryer.
- Fabric Select – Hand Wash – I want to make sure they are treated carefully.
- Wash Cycle – I just used my normal wash cycle
Cleaning A Microfiber Couch – Detergents
For my laundry soap I used Tide Free and Gentle (powder)- NO Fabric Softener. I did give each cushion a light misting of OxiClean Stain Fighter – and a heavier dose on the obvious stains. In addition to the laundry soap, I also used a little borax in the mix. This did make a big difference in how clean the cushions came out!
Important!! – Make sure that you start your water in your washing machine, add your laundry soap & Borax (If you have a light colored couch – if your couch is darker DO NOT USE BORAX. Before you throw in your covers make sure the soap is completely dissolved! I had to use my hand to mix it all up – and remove any borax clusters that had formed. I wanted to make sure that my covers would not rest on any soap. – If they did they would come out with what looked like a grease stain.
Cleaning A Microfiber Couch – Drying
We are on our last step. I chose to put my covers in the dryer along with a used bounce dryer sheet.
- Temperature – Extra Low / Delicates. I tried the air only option for one round – and it took forever, and there was no difference between air and extra low heat.
- Wrinkle Shield- Off *truth – I do not even know what this feature does… *
- End Of Cycle- On. Once again, I wanted to know as soon as it was done so that I could remove them immediately- otherwise they can actually wrinkle. (The wrinkles will come out, but it might panic you at first glance)
- Time – This is not shown, but I set my timer to 20 minutes – they were nice and dry, wrinkle free, and ready to be re-stuffed.
So there you have it! Everything you need to know about cleaning your microfiber couch. I was too scared to do anything too our couch for 7 years! I am kicking myself for waiting so long – but am thrilled with the final results!!