Microfiber sofas are generally stain and water resistant. However, it is possible for stains to form on your favourite sofa. But do not worry because we have the perfect solutions waiting for you!

How to remove stains from a microfiber sofa

  1. Vacuuming

Each type of sofa has a cleaning code which lets us know what is safe to use and what to abstain from when cleaning. However, vacuuming is the only cleaning method which can be used on all sofa types. For any sofa with an “X” cleaning code, this is also the only method that can be used to clean it.

A hand vacuum or one with a soft brush attachment will rid you of any loose debris on the sofa. Not only will the dirt be gone but if the stain is fresh (and faint) it will vanish too! So, for best results, get to work before the stain sets itself.

  1. Removing stains from water-safe microfiber sofas

Any microfiber sofa which is water-safe will have “W” written on the cleaning code. However, do not follow this step if your couch is labelled “S” which means it is only solvent-friendly and using water will simply damage the sofa even more.

In order to remove the stain on water-safe sofas, you will need either distilled white vinegar or vodka. Moisten a small part of a microfiber cloth with the liquid of your choice. Pat the area of concern with the damp part of the cloth. Gradually, the stain will disappear from the sofa. Allow for the damp spot to air-dry and while it dries, the smell of the liquid will grow weak and disappear too.

It may happen that the stain is so stubborn that the vinegar or vodka is not enough. Then you will need to go back in with a soap solution. But do make sure that that the soap used is water-based. Or else instead of fixing your favourite sofa, you will end up damaging it further.

  1. Ink stains

Ink stains are one of the hardest stains to remove. But with the right products you can fix this problem too.

As the traditional soap and water will do nothing to remove the stain, you will have to use a different cleaner – rubbing alcohol. Wet a Q-tip with rubbing alcohol and pat the stain with it. Soon, the ink will transfer itself onto the cotton swab, meaning it is coming off. You may need to get more fresh swabs while you do this because one may not be enough to lift the stain.

Replace the swabs whenever they appear to have too much ink on them. Pat dry with a towel once the work is done.

  1. Treating greasy stains

A quick solution to lift greasy and oily stains is to use baking soda. Layer the stained area with soda which will absorb the grease from the sofa’s microfiber fabric. However, it will take a few hours to get this done. After that, you can dust the soda off using a brush or go for vacuuming.

  1. “S” labelled sofas

We have already talked about how to clean the ones marked “W”.

For the “S” sofas, we will have to use commercial solvent cleaners. They may also be known as dry-cleaning solvents. The rules, directions and safety protocols that need to be followed are all on the back of the bottle. Follow those instructions specifically and the stains should go away.

For a general idea, you will be required to cover the stain with the solvent, obviously. Then you will have to dry the spot, making use of a blow dryer or fan since air-drying may leave ring stains.


There may be some stains that are too hard to get out. Or you may have a sofa marked “X”. Or you may not be sure about the cleaning code and what to use to clean your sofa. In these cases, you will need the help of a professional upholstery cleaner. They will have a solution for your problem and your sofa will be as good as new!