How To Clean A Microsuede Couch (Step-by-Step Guide)

Kirstin Harrington
by Kirstin Harrington

Out of all of the different furniture materials to choose from, microsuede has a soft feel and elegant appearance. They look stylish in any home and are incredibly easy to maintain. Because the fibers in the fabric are tightly woven, it can be hard to stain a microsuede couch.

When it comes time to clean most microsuede, all it takes is some patience and a spray bottle of soapy water. Making sure you do this regularly will help make your couch last for several years. It doesn’t take much work and prevents smaller issues from becoming larger ones.

I’ve included a detailed instruction guide to show you just how to clean your microsuede couch. Whether you struggle with pet hair everywhere or young children spilling on your furniture, you’ll be able to clean up any mess. Let’s jump into it!

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How to Easily Clean a Microsuede Couch

There are multiple ways you can keep a clean couch. I wanted to share with you several different methods, just in case you’re dealing with a unique scenario. Below you’ll read about daily maintenance, how to tackle tough stains, and more.

Regular Cleaning

Step One: Care Instructions

If you bought your couch new, it likely came with an instruction manual that includes a care guide. If you bought it secondhand, you’d likely be able to find the care guide online. Either way, it’s crucial that you have one way or another to access it.

The care guide will show either an S or a W in the cleaning section. If your sofa is labeled with a W, this means you’ll use a water-based cleaner. On the other hand, an S stands for a couch that would be stained by water and needs to be treated with a microsuede solvent.

Sometimes a care guide will so both, and S and a W. This allows you to choose which method you’d like to use without worrying about staining the couch.

Step Two: Get a Spray Bottle

Depending on which letter your care guide has, use whatever solution you have to move forward. Take a spray bottle and fill it with warm water and a few drops of soap or solvent. Make sure you’re using a spray bottle that’s clean, without any residue from previous uses.

Step Three: Spray Away

The key to cleaning microsuede is to do small areas at a time. You don’t want to soak the whole couch and clean from there. It’s best to do 3-foot by 3-foot areas at a time to ensure your sofa doesn’t get damaged.

This makes it easier to focus on one spot at a time before moving on to the next area. Spray just enough water to get the area clean without soaking it. Though microsuede is tough, it can still be damaged if cleaned incorrectly.

Step Four: Start Wiping

One way to ensure that your couch will come out refreshed and clean is to wipe in circular motions. Take a clean towel and do this until the section you’re working on is finished. It’s normal for this type of material to look darker when it’s damp, and it will return to normal once it’s dry.

During this step, you’ll want to be on the lookout for any stains or areas that need a little extra work. In the future, know that it’s best to clean these spots as soon as you see the spill or stain exists. You don’t want it to settle into the fabric because it can become incredibly difficult to remove.

Step Five: Dry Time

After you’re finished cleaning it, it’s essential to let it dry completely before using it. If you followed the instructions and didn’t soak the fabric, it should be dry in no time. It takes around 20 minutes to air dry and could take even less time if you direct a fan on the couch.

Step 6: Buffing the Dry Couch

It’s not unusual for microsuede to look and even feel stiff after it gets cleaned. Once everything is dry, take a clean cloth and buff the fabric. Just like when you were cleaning it, rub the dry cloth in circles with a bit of pressure.

Getting Rid of Tough Stains

Whether you accidentally spilled your morning cup of coffee or your youngest tried “coloring in” the couch, stains can happen to anyone. Getting rid of tough stains on a microsuede couch couldn’t be easier. It’s unbelievably inexpensive and can be done with things you already own.

Step One: Make a Paste

In order to get these pesky stains out of your couch, you’ll need to make a thick paste. To do this, simply combine baking soda with warm water and stir until you get a paste-like consistency.

Step Two: Spot Testing

The second step is essential so that you don’t ruin your couch. It is important to note that if you have a microsuede that becomes stained from water, this method won’t work for you. Spot testing the paste lets you see if it will damage your sofa or not.

I like to do this one in an area practically nobody notices. The base of your couch works great, as well as the back of the couch if it’s facing a wall. Take a pea-size amount of the paste and continue with the directions.

If, after doing so, you notice that it didn’t harm your couch, repeat all these steps on the actual stain, you need to get rid of.

Step Three: Apply the Paste

Tackling the stain is a lot easier than people realize. Take the paste and apply it to the stain. Rub in a circular motion with your fingers. You could also use a toothbrush or towel to help lift the remnants.

Step Four: Rinse and Repeat

Once the stain is gone, it’s time to rinse the area clean of baking soda. Take a clean towel and dab it into warm water. Scrub in circular motions to lift the baking soda that may be leftover.

Just like when you do regular cleanings, you might notice the spot you’re working with is darker. It will get lighter over time and fade back into the actual color of the sofa.

Step Five: Brush It Out

If the area you cleaned is a bit stiff after removing the stain, you can buff it out. To do this, you can take a cleaning brush of any sort and move it around in circular motions. This takes some pressure and patience but will have your couch looking great in no time.

Upholstery Cleaning Costs

I get that not everyone has the time, money, or energy to clean things themselves. Thankfully, you can hire someone for just about anything nowadays. The main factor when it comes to these prices is where you live.

It will cost someone several dollars more if they’re living in San Francisco than if you’re in Saint Louis. Here’s what you can expect to pay to have someone do the job for you.

Type of Furniture Average Cost
Sectional $190
Chair $50

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Related Questions

Can microsuede get wet?

Because microsuede sofas are made with microfibers, they’re less likely to stain. Many of these couches actually have a water-resistant feature to them that prevents the sofa from even getting wet in the first place. If it does get wet, it’s important to dry the fabric quickly to prevent a bigger problem. 

Is microsuede a good material?

Microsuede is a great material for a bunch of different lifestyles. It can handle the daily life of households with kids, pets, or just one person. It’s stain-proof and one of the easiest materials to clean. Many homeowners like it because it’s cozy and soft in the winter and cool and dry in the summer. It feels great against the skin and breathes like cotton, making it a comfortable place to relax. 

Does microsuede attract pet hair?

Even though it’s the least likely fabric to attract pet hair, it can happen. If you find yourself struggling to keep fido’s loose hairs at bay, you’re in luck. To get pet hair off of a microsuede couch, you just need a slightly damp cloth and wipe it

Kirstin Harrington
Kirstin Harrington

Kirstin is a passionate writer who loves helping people learn new things when it comes to home improvement. When she's not behind a keyboard, she enjoys DIY projects, crafts, spending time with her pets, and making videos. She hopes that with all she writes, someone is finding a solution to their home improvement needs.

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