How to get a stain out of your microfiber furniture

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This is not my normal kind of post. There’s no food involved. At least not the kind that comes with a recipe. But this is important enough that I am posting it anyways. Instead, this is what to do if food tries to mate with your microfiber furniture.

How to clean microfiber furniture

If you’re like me, you had people over for some kind of something – whether a party or a meal or whatever – over the holidays and food was most likely involved. You may also be freaking out over the great new stain you have on your microfiber couch, chair, etc.

I’m here to tell you it will be ok. I have the answer to your problem – rubbing alcohol. Really, it’s true! It’s a trick I learned about 5 years ago B.P. (Before Pintrest 🙂 ) and it saved a sectional couch. This time, it saved my dining room chair. I have been able to get pen, a slight burn ring from a hot plate, and now this stain out of microfiber with this method.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Rubbing alcohol
Q tips
Damp cloth

Here’s what to do:

Grab your supplies and stained furniture. How do you like my nasty stain? I’m not really even sure what it is.

How to clean microfiber furniture

Dip your q tip into the rubbing alcohol and apply it to the soiled area. Dab, rub etc.

How to clean microfiber furniture

Apply as much alcohol as you need using the q tips without totally drenching your furniture.

How to clean microfiber furniture

You should be able to see the dirt coming off onto the q tip.

how to clean microfiber furniture

If it seems good to go, let it dry a little. If it looks like it needs more work, go for it.

how to clean microfiber furniture

Once you’re done and it is mostly dry, if there seems to be a “spot” from where the rubbing alcohol was, like below…

how to clean microfiber furniture

…grab your damp cloth and rub it over the area completely.

How to clean microfiber furniture

Allow it to dry and you have a beautiful piece of furniture once again!

How to clean microfiber furniture

I hope this finds those that need help like I did. This little trick saved my husband from seriously freaking out.

And I will be back next week with some awesome recipes you don’t want to miss!

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  1. Danielle

    We just bought our first brand new couch, a sectional, at a pretty scary price ! And weve had it for two months now and my son got ahold of the whole tub of ice cream and spilled what melted ALL over one whole seat of the couch. I have noo clue where to even start now that its kind of dried and hard.. Luckily our couch is red so the stain doesn’t show that much but its just the fact that there’s already caked on ice cream soaked into it is so nerve racking! I never ever would have guessed rubbing alcohol but with it being such a large area could I just pour the rubbing alcohol onto a wet wash cloth and scrub the stain with it? And the alcohol wont fade the color of my couch or anything right? Its a DEEP red and would look terrible with a pink color where I scrubbed of the ice cream mess!

    1. Lindsay

      I’m not sure about fading. It didn’t fade ours, but you would probably want to try it on a spot that’s out of sight first.

  2. Bernadette Reid

    Oh’ that looks so easy! I hope it will work for my couch too. My kids did some stains and the problem is they’re not sure how exactly did them. I’m trying your way of cleaning, wish me luck 🙂

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  5. vikki

    What grade alcohol was used? I know you said rubbing alcohol but I live in Costa Rica and here the alcohol comes from 80-96. The 80 grade one is light blue and doesnt smell too good. Would anything over that hurt my furniture?

    1. Life, Love and Sugar

      My rubbing alcohol is 70% alcohol and is clear. It has a smell but seems to go away as it dries. I hope that helps!

  6. tjohnson7386

    Hi!! So I have a few rings from warm plates left on my BRAND new couch!! I googled how to remove them and this was the only thing that would come up!! So the rubbing alcohol is still used on the “melted down” area? I just wanted to clarify as its not really a stain per se. Please help !! 🙂

    1. Life, Love and Sugar

      Yes, I used it on an area that was a black (burned/melted) ring from a hot plate. It may take a little work, but it should come out. It shouldn’t hurt the couch either way.

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