How to Clean a Micro Suede Couch

Updated on January 23, 2008
S.G. asks from Albuquerque, NM
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My husband and I purchased a mirco suede couch in July and it is in need of cleaning. When we purchased it we also purchased the matinence plan, but all they do is send you an 8oz bottle of cleaner to spot clean. The cleaner does not work and we have more than a spot! Any suggestions on how to clean it would be awesome.

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A.M.

answers from Phoenix on

I used resolve it and water with a towel and I softly rubbed. My couch though is navy blue but my tan one I had I cleaned it the same way. The kit never worked for me and I have two kids. Resolve it took the pen off my tan one so give it a try

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K.C.

answers from Denver on

Gosh, I can get pretty much anything (and I really mean anything) out of my microfiber couch by scrubbing the spot/stain with a wet paper towel. The only time I had to use something else was when my then 3 year old wrote on it with a blue ballpoint pen. I had to use dish detergent and water for that - I scrubbed it with a wet soapy paper towel, then again with just a wet one and it came right out. That was the whole point of getting the microfiber to begin with...it doesn't stain. I've had mine for almost 4 years now and with regular spot cleaning when needed, it pretty much looks brand new!

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L.M.

answers from Fort Collins on

great question i have the same problem i heard there is an oil you can use but don't know my mother says saddle soap but that seems odd my dog has stained one side so would love any answers as well am also a neat freak with a dog and a 9 mo old son

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K.C.

answers from Denver on

Gosh, I can get pretty much anything (and I really mean anything) out of my microfiber couch by scrubbing the spot/stain with a wet paper towel. The only time I had to use something else was when my then 3 year old wrote on it with a blue ballpoint pen. I had to use dish detergent and water for that - I scrubbed it with a wet soapy paper towel, then again with just a wet one and it came right out. That was the whole point of getting the microfiber to begin with...it doesn't stain. I've had mine for almost 4 years now and with regular spot cleaning when needed, it pretty much looks brand new!

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J.Z.

answers from Phoenix on

If you get the spot right away all you need to do is dry it some with a cloth and i spot clean mine with water,drying it by rubbing it out with the same soft cloth

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M.

answers from Denver on

When I just have to remove a quick stain I use a tooth brush and bar of soap and the stains come right out. then I just towel dry. (thisis how were were instructed to clean our micro-suede couches) Then every couple of months I clean them with the steam vac. (ourcovers don't come off so easily) good luck

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H.H.

answers from Portland on

Well keep in mind that any fabric needs to be tested for color fastness. If it doesn't fade or bleed then try a little bit of oxy clean. If that doesn't work go no the Queen of Clean's website she has all sorts of answers.

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S.F.

answers from Eugene on

I have a micro suede couch and tops of our dining room chairs. I admit I am rough with them (have four kids). I use a microfiber cloth and warm water, and sometimes my usual cleaner (1 part rubbing alcohol and 4 parts water) and scrub away. For stubborn stains, I've used straight Awesome from the dollar store for years--works on carpets too.

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T.F.

answers from Albuquerque on

Hi we bought a sectional that is that type of couch and when we bought it, it came with some special cleaner for it. It wasn't just a little of it either. We bought it from Mor. I bet they may be able to sell you a kit. It is totally worth the money cause it makes the couches look new! And it actually lasts a long time cause there is so much! Good Luck!

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L.W.

answers from Tucson on

We recently purchased a micro suede couch as well. and since I have five active children, we have had just about everything smeared all over it (from bananas to grease to potty accidents). I have been using straight vinegar and it has been fabulous! It might smell for a while, but it also acts as a disinfectant and deoderant. Good luck!

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A.O.

answers from Denver on

I have been told by my carpet guy that you should only clean your carpets and furniture with rubbing alcohol and water for grease based stains and vinegar and water for non oil based stains (i.e. non greasy food, dirt, etc.). I was told that if you use detergent based cleaners that the stain will end up coming back. I used to swear by Oxiclean but I have switched to rubbing alcohol and vinegar and I am so much happier! I am have a 3 1/2 year old, a messy husband, and a lab, so I guarantee that it works. And i have used them on my microfiber couch as well and it didnt hurt them. Good luck!

K.R.

answers from Phoenix on

We just use our carpet cleaner's upholstery attachment with some Oxy-clean. Works awesome! Got out crayon, poop, spit-up, boogers, anything you might expect to find with a toddler and a baby.

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T.A.

answers from Phoenix on

Hi, we have a micro-suede couch, too, and with 2 kids and 2 dogs, it always gets dirty. But we have found that using a carpet shampooer works really well. WE use a cleaning solution that goes in the reservoir, and then use the hand wand to really extract the dirt. It turns out looking pretty good.

T.

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A.M.

answers from Phoenix on

I used resolve it and water with a towel and I softly rubbed. My couch though is navy blue but my tan one I had I cleaned it the same way. The kit never worked for me and I have two kids. Resolve it took the pen off my tan one so give it a try

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A.M.

answers from Denver on

I use Oxi Clean's laundry stain remover on our micro suede couch. There are instructions on the back on how to clean couches. It is fairly easy to do and removes really old set-in stains. I clean it with the Oxi Clean a few times a month and then about every other month I throw the cushion covers in the washer on the gentle cycle and let them air dry.

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S.G.

answers from Denver on

Use a carpet steam cleaner's upholstery attachment (make sure the rotating brush is turned off) with COLD water and upholstery shampoo. It worked on ours.

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T.S.

answers from Phoenix on

Try using the cleaner FOLEX. You can purchas at Home Depot, Target, or Walmart. It is a white generic bottle with deep burgundy wrighting. That will take anything out. I use on laundry, carpet, furniture. I spray and brush w/a cleaning brush and rinse to clean. I keep it on hand I have two boys now 12 and 9, husband, and two big boxer dogs. It is a must. Best of luck

M.Z.

answers from Reno on

Contact some of your local furniture upholestry cleaning places. A lot won't do microsuede, but there are some that do. It is more expensive then normal cleaning though. I have a microsuede too and mine came with a cleaning warranty. I don't think it was extra so you may want to contact the place you purchased the sofa from. If it gets dirty they will send someone out to clean it for you and fix any little tears or things like that.

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C.C.

answers from Flagstaff on

I recently had mine cleaned by the company who cleans my carpets. It was a few years old and dirty, but now it looks new again. They can just put their steam cleaner right on the sofa, including the backs and arms too.

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S.D.

answers from Las Cruces on

We too have a micro suede couch - is it the "Durapella" Fabric??? if so you can just take the covers off of the cushions and put them in the washing machine on delicate setting cold with mild laundry detergent and air dry.

Hope it helps - if it is not Durapella - I am not sure what to do.

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