Many homeowners have microfiber couches because they are more affordable and low-maintenance. The fabric is durable and ideal for busy homeowners with kids and pets. But that doesn’t mean cleaning and protecting microfiber isn’t important.
Microfiber couches and towels have a few washing requirements, and I’m here to cover everything. Check out my tips for washing and protecting microfiber.
Does Microfiber Fade?
Microfiber does not quickly fade if you keep it away from sunlight. Even though it’s more UV-resistant than cotton, your microfiber couch is not meant to stay outdoors.
Keep your microfiber furniture and towels away from UV rays to retain color and maximize their life span. I also don’t recommend placing it close to a direct heat source.
What Is Microfiber Made Of?
Microfiber comes from polyester, nylon, polyamide, and other blends of synthetic fibers. The fabric is known for its ultra-thin threads, measuring up to 1/100th of human hair. Each fiber is split into fine, porous strands that quickly absorb moisture or dirt.
Despite being soft, microfiber is still made of plastic. It has no natural cotton or silk fibers with the same velvety texture.
Is Microfiber Really Stain-Proof?
Microfiber couches and cushion covers can resist stains better than other fabrics, making them easier to maintain. But the fabric can accumulate temporary marks when you accidentally spill water.
Microfiber’s fine fibers readily absorb moisture and dry quickly, leaving harmless yet unsightly marks. Remove the stain by rubbing it with a gentle detergent solution and drying it with a blower.
Tips for Washing and Protecting Microfiber
Taking care of your microfiber will make it last longer. Whether you’re cleaning microfiber towels, cushion covers, or apparel, these tips will help you.
Separate Microfiber Cloth From Other Materials
Separating your microfiber cloths from each other will prevent dirt and grease mix-ups. Wash lightly soiled towels with water or paint first.
Then, proceed to towels contaminated with oil if you want to be a little extra, separate low-, mid-, and high-quality microfiber from each other when washing.
Do not mix these fabrics with other materials, especially cotton towels. It might lead to lint accumulation and color-mixing.
Use Gentle Soap and Water
Microfiber is a well-known cleaning supply that catches dirt like a magnet. Some do not recommend using soap when washing it. But a gentle detergent will not damage the cloth.
The soap removes all the dirt clinging to the material. If you only use water, the crumbs and debris will stay on the fabric.
Mix one part of mild liquid detergent with three parts of water to create a soapy mixture.
Never Use Fabric Softener and Bleach
Do not use fabric softener when washing towels, cushion covers, and clothing pieces made of microfiber. The chemicals in these products might block the fabric’s small components and make it unable to catch small debris. Bleach can also harm the fabric’s color and overall quality.
Vacuum Microfiber Couch
Regular vacuuming is essential for microfiber couches, chairs, and other furniture. Use the upholstery attachment to remove crumbs, dirt, and debris on the fabric’s surface. If you don’t have a vacuum, get a stiff fabric brush to loosen the grime.
Vacuum your couch at least weekly or when you vacuum your carpet. You can decrease the frequency of cleaning if you don’t let your pets on the couch.
Treat Spills on Microfiber Couch
Treat spills on your microfiber as quickly as possible to prevent permanent marks. Use a damp microfiber towel to wipe away the liquid. If you don’t have one, gentle baby wipes will do.
Keep these supplies close to your furniture so you can quickly grab them in emergencies. A closed storage container will prevent the wipes from drying.
Remove Set-In Stains
If your microfiber furniture has a permanent stain, check its label for care instructions. You’ll usually find these tags under the seat cushion.
The letter S means you shouldn’t put water on the fabric. Use a dry-cleaning solution or rubbing alcohol to remove the stain. A brush with hard bristles or sponges will help scrub the mark away. Let it dry quickly.
W means you can clean the material with water. Remove the cover and brush the stained area with soapy water and a stiff brush.
Air Dry Microfiber
After washing microfiber, you should only air dry it to preserve its quality. Doing so will protect the wedge-shaped filaments of the fabric and prevent it from melting. But if you have no area in the house to air dry, use the correct settings on your machine.
Use the coolest possible setting, either air fluff or permanent press. Then, wait for the dryer to decrease its temperature before loading your towels. You also want to remove your lint trap and any lint from the dryer.
Do not fully dry your microfiber towels to ensure the fibers do not melt inside.
Check If Your Microfiber Is Melted
A simple test will let you know if your microfiber towel is still helpful for cleaning. Pour water on a table and wipe it with your cloth. A microfiber cloth in good condition should be able to absorb the liquid. If it only pushes the fluid, then the towel has melted.
You can also tell the microfiber’s quality based on its texture. Caress the cloth. If it has a dry skin-like texture, it’s still in good shape.
Use Microfiber Protective Spray
Consider using a protective spray to keep your microfiber couch looking brand new for a long time. It will prevent moisture from sneaking into the fabric’s surface and causing permanent stains.
Look for a protective spray that is compatible with microfiber fabric. You also want to check the label on your fabric to see if there are special care instructions regarding sprays.
Consider Professional Cleaning
When all is said and done, and nothing happens, go to a professional cleaner. These experts have enough skills and high-quality tools to clean your microfiber upholstery. Some cleaners may even offer restoration to make your furniture look brand new.
Taking care of microfiber is easy. Remember the three things to avoid: fabric softeners, dryers, and sunlight. Use gentle products when washing and protecting your microfiber couches and towels.
I hope this guide helps improve the longevity of your microfiber material. Need more fabric advice? Share your questions in the comments.