How to Clean Microfiber Furniture

Butt marks. That is what you get when you have microfiber furniture. If you don’t want to know the size of your derriere smooshed onto any surface, then don’t look and don’t buy microfiber. This is not the point of the post, the point of this post, in case you didn’t get it from the title is how to get rid of those butt marks and clean your microfiber furniture. Microfiber is supposedly great at repelling stains which means that nothing will ever stick and it’ll always look great right? Apparently, the little goblins at my house didn’t get the message to leave the microfiber along because mine always has crumbs, finger goo and other nonsense stuck to it.

cleaning microfiber chairs

Butt. Marks. And crumbs and finger prints.

My typical routine, (read whenever I remember) is to vacuum my microfiber chairs when they start to look bad to help pickup loose particles and fluff the fibers. This method usually works great for me until taco hands wipe themselves on the seat and I need something with a little more oomph.

To deep clean microfiber furniture, you will need:

  • Vinegar solution
  • Microfiber cloth, or white sponge
  • Scrubby brush

 Step One: Check the tag.

The vinegar solution I used is about a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. Make sure that your microfiber can handle a little bit of water, otherwise substitute the vinegar solution for rubbing alcohol. Always test for colorfastness before cleaning, unless you need an excuse to recover your microfiber furniture.

Step Two: Lightly spray your microfiber furniture with a vinegar solution.

Spray just enough of the vinegar mixture that the surface is slightly wet. Spray too much and your furniture could have a hard time drying out properly. You have thus been warned.

The vinegar solution will help to break down general griminess as well as disinfect.


Step Three: Wipe down the furniture piece with a microfiber cloth or sponge.

I was quite pleased using my microfiber cloth on the microfiber chair. The cloth picked up the crusties and the goo quite nicely while helping to pick up extra moisture. A little bit of the chair color came up on my cleaning cloth but not enough that I can tell a difference.

Step Four: Let your furniture dry.

And don’t bother it while it’s still damp as it will be prone to easily pick up new dirt and grime. If you have kids, let them get their daily dose of Vitamin D outside while the furniture dries and you eat your secret stash of chocolate.


Step Five: Brush the microfiber to soften and fluff the fibers.

The microfiber may be stiff or lay flat after you have cleaned it, however; brushing your microfiber will re-fluff the fiber and make it soft again. As you can see in the photo, all of the crumbs and stains have been removed and the seat looks new again.


All clean! The front part of the seat is still a little bit wet in this photo as I had to take it while I still had some light left. The microfiber on these chairs seem to be pretty durable and able to stand the beating we put them through. As for now, I can make them look brand new again anytime I want with this easy method to clean microfiber furniture.

Happy Cleaning!


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7 thoughts on “How to Clean Microfiber Furniture

  1. Thank you for the tips! My issue with our micro fiber sectional is doggie slobber. We try to keep it covered at all times with blankets, but that doesn’t always work very well…

  2. Learning how to properly treat microfiber has taken me a while. Then I discovered white vinegar, the perfect green cleaning solution!

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