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How Do I Clean a Microsuede Couch?

By Melanie Smeltzer
Updated May 17, 2024
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Microsuede is made of delicate fibers, which are tightly woven together to create a suede-like fabric. This fabric is thought to be very durable and more resistant to dirt than other types of fabrics. Despite this, it is not uncommon for a microsuede couch to end up with dirt, stains, and daily wear and tear. Small spills can easily be dabbed at to get up the liquid before it becomes a stain. For larger stains or stains set in dirt, cleaning with dry detergent soap, alcohol, or pre-made cleaning products may be necessary.

Many pre-made cleansers can clean a microsuede couch. These chemicals are typically made up of strong binding agents, which can help clean and repair these fabrics. This variety of cleanser is generally used for small stains and the spot cleaning of new spills.

Although many pre-made products are on the market, some people swear by cleaning a microsuede couch with homemade cleansers and household ingredients. Many people consider them to be just as effective as commercial cleaners, and they are usually much cheaper to make. Some of the most common homemade microsuede cleaners include rubbing alcohol, dry laundry detergent, vinegar, and baby shampoo.

Spot cleaning can easily be done with moist hand wipes that contain alcohol, or a damp, white wash rag lightly soaked in rubbing alcohol or plain vodka. Products that contain ammonia, such as window cleaners, can also be used for this purpose; however, they should be used sparingly, as they may leave a distinctive odor. For an all-over cleaning, dry laundry detergent can be sprinkled all over the couch. Once the microsuede couch is lightly coated with this soap, it should be carefully rubbed into the material with a soft-bristled scrub brush, then thoroughly vacuumed clean.

Routine maintenance is also an important part of keeping a microsuede couch clean. To keep these pieces of furniture from becoming dusty or caked with dirt, it's a good idea to vacuum them every few months. Vinegar can be used to get rid of odors, especially from pet urine. If the odor is from a fresh spill or pet accident, dab the spot to pull out excess fluids. Once this is done, dab the spot with vinegar, cover with baking soda to soak up the vinegar, and then vacuum thoroughly.

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Discussion Comments
By Rundocuri — On Feb 25, 2014

I have a micro suede couch Talentryto, and I think it is very easy to clean. I have animals and kids, so messes happen frequently at my house. Most spills and stains can be easily removed from micro suede with a sponge and a little soap and water.

By Talentryto — On Feb 24, 2014

I have never had furniture made of this type of material, but I am thinking about buying a microsuede sectional couch. I was wondering if anyone has information about how easy or difficult this material is to clean.

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