How To Clean a Microfiber Couch - Quick & Easy!

30 Minutes

If you have a microfiber couch you know one of the best things is how easy it is to clean! Unfortunately though, water mark stains are tougher than expected to remove (and they can come from all sorts of things - babies, dogs, name it). Water marks don't have to stay around forever though, Sarah from shares how she removes these pesky stains for good.
Check out the difference, it's like a brand new couch.
What was once dirty and questionable now looks clean and perfect!
SUPPLIES: White cloth, rubbing alcohol, spray bottle, baby wipes, hard bristle/scrubbing brush, hair dryer (optional).
Poor rubbing alcohol in the spray bottle and dampen the fabric. Scrub the couch with the wash cloth and scrubbing brush. This helps remove the dirt stains but not the water stains.
Finally, to remove every last ounce of dirt and water, use the magic tool...BABY WIPES. Completely scrub and soak the couches with the baby wipes and before you know it, all the water stains will completely vanish! It's that simple.
REMEMBER: Rubbing alcohol for dirt, wipes for water stains!

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17 questions
  • Louise
    on Nov 17, 2015

    how 2 clean sofa?

  • Debra C. Rollins
    on Jul 20, 2016

    I have two sofas covered in "dry clean only" fabric. No commercial service will shampoo them. I can spot clean but they need an all-over bath. Suggestions??

    • BonBon
      on Jul 21, 2016

      Not trying to sound like a smartie pants but just do an all over spot clean. Make your spot clean the size of area that needs cleaning. Good luck.

  • Rer10999981
    on Feb 28, 2017

    will sweat stains come out of fabric?

  • Jacquelyne May
    on Apr 26, 2017

    There are many different brands and type of baby wipes. Which type do you recommend?
  • Ann
    on Apr 26, 2017

    Would this work on car seats, my son just bought a used car and the seats look
    like they have water stains like someone tried to clean them
  • Har20739576
    on Apr 27, 2017

    remove cough flime from sofa
  • Melanie Walker-Robertson
    on May 4, 2017

    I have 3 children and I swear by microfiber. My children have done everything on our couches. Even Sharpie! Omg.... permanent marker on my couch. Best thing I have found and leaves no water marks and takes them away. Hand sanitizer and a white cloth. Not much scrubbing involved either. Squirt on some hand sanitizer. Let it sit a few minutes and white away. When it dries. You will never know anything was ever there.
  • Carol Harris
    on Sep 13, 2017

    will this work on chenille fabric? I saw a video of someone cleaning a couch with alcohol and I thought water, it might have been your video. I have a small dog that sleeps on my couch some, and only have a couple of spots, just wondering if this would work. Thank you
  • Erin Fury McRoberts
    on Jan 21, 2018

    Has anyone had to remove baby oil from a microfiber sofa?? I need HELP! :(
    • Andrea
      on Sep 5, 2018

      Have you tried some Dawn and water? Great oil remover.

    • Andrea Nagy
      on Sep 5, 2018

      Not sure if it will work but I've used baby powder or baking soda on my clothes that got an oily stain from salad dressing. I put it on and let it sit for a bit. Then wipe off with clean dry cloth. May have to apply a few times

    • Cindy A Gill
      on Sep 5, 2018

      I successfully removed motor oil from microfiber/velvet car seats with those Mr. Clean sponges.

    • Sally-Charles Evans
      on Sep 5, 2018

      My daughter-in-law always used Windex and a cloth or brush. Her couch always looked great and she had 3 children under 5 and 2 babies she sat for.

    • Anne Zellner Pettijohn
      on Sep 5, 2018

      Start out covering the oily stain with plain corn starch (the kind our mom’s used for making gravy). Rub it in with your fingers. When it starts “collecting” the oil and getting thick, brush it off and start again with a new batch of corn starch. Use your fingernails or a brush to get it all the oil. When the oil is gone, you may or may not need to do an alcohol/baby wipes cleaning. Corn starch is ah-maz-ing!!!

  • Linda
    on Sep 5, 2018

    Is this pet friendly as the dog licks the couch!

    • Ruth St-Onge Isaac
      on Sep 5, 2018

      If it isn’t I would just use a Norwex enviro cloth damp and it does a great job without concerns of safety for pets.

  • Mar
    on Sep 5, 2018

    What kind of baby wipes, please?

  • Dee
    on Sep 6, 2018

    What to do for stains in the couch?

    • Kim
      on Sep 6, 2018

      Rubbing alcohol will take stains out of a microfiber couch, even ball-point pen ink!

  • Fra30842239
    on Sep 8, 2018

    Do you add water to the alcohol

    • Dana
      on Dec 18, 2018

      No she uses just alcohol for that, to remove water stains she used baby wipes.

  • Lisas Rexstar
    on Sep 8, 2018

    I have a beautiful, old WHITE brocade sofa. Do you know whether the alcohol will get teenaged boy & cat dirt out? I'm going to try it on a spot that won't show. Just wonder if you have any info.

    • Sandy
      on Feb 4, 2019

      My friend used vinegar on mine after I gave her the set. It came out brand new. Vinegar in a spray bottle and a scrubby brush.

  • Gkd33276300
    on Oct 31, 2018

    How big are these pumpkins? I can’t see the house so I have no point of reference, They look awesome!

    • Dana
      on Dec 18, 2018

      I don’t see any pumpkins in these sofa pictures....

  • LNIX
    on Feb 5, 2019

    Not sure what my sofa is covered with. I have washed the cushion covers in the washing machine on cold with some success. Should I try the alcohol/baby wipes on the fixed arms?

  • Kelly Peterson
    on Sep 22, 2019

    Will this work on a non microfiber couch( polyester)? I spilled some coconut oil and have not managed to remove it?

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  • Kimberly Marschall
    on Dec 1, 2018

    Trying on my beige micro fabric chaise right now.....would be better with good ventilation but it is cold in Winnipeg! I am trying it on cat drool, but I'm finding my baby wipes aren't overly wet so I'm using 2 at a time. I think I need to be patient and let it dry cause I'm driving myself crazy right now.

  • Michelle
    on Feb 3, 2019

    This does work! Might have to do again but so easy that's not a problem. Thanks!

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