Can I Wash Microfiber Couch Cushions in the Washing Machine?

If your microfiber couch is soiled or stained, it’s important to clean it up as soon as possible to prevent the stain from setting in. Stains can be caused by spilled drinks, pet odors, and food spills. Fortunately, many stains can be removed with hot water and a bit of patience. But can you wash your couch cushions in the washing machine? The answer depends on the fabric of your couches, so make sure to check the care tag.

Regularly vacuum your couch to remove crumbs and dirt from the surface of the fabric, as well as from any crevices or stitched seams. This will help prevent the build-up of odors and extend the life of your couch. You can use a brush attachment or your vacuum’s upholstery tool.

Vacuum the inside of the cushion covers, too, to remove any crumbs that may be trapped inside. It’s also a good idea to vacuum the crevices of your sofa where dust and dander tend to gather.

If you have a dog or cat, vacuuming and washing your couch more frequently will be helpful in removing any dander that may be causing them allergies. You should also wash the microfiber couch cover regularly to keep it fresh and free of dander, dust mites, and other allergens.

Most microfiber fabrics are machine-washable, but you should always check the fabric tag before attempting to wash your cushions. You’ll want to avoid bleach and fabric softener, as these can harm the texture of the fibers and cause fading or pilling. If your couch is not made of microfiber, you can hand wash it with cold water and a mild detergent, but you’ll need to follow the fabric’s care instructions for washing.

Check the care label to see if your couch is machine-washable, dry-clean only, or has an X label that prohibits water. A W label allows you to use water-based cleaners, such as a soapy mixture of dish soap and water, or a water-only cleaning solution. An S label lets you use a solvent, such as rubbing alcohol. An X label prohibits both water and solvents, so you’ll have to get a professional to clean your sofa.

If your couch has a W or S label, you can wash it in the washing machine with cool water and a mild detergent. If your cushion cover has zippers, unzip them before washing to avoid tangling and tangles. Hang the cover to dry, or lay it on a clothesline if the care instructions recommend this. When you’re done, fluff the cushion cover with a wet-dry vacuum upholstery tool or clean tennis ball to prevent matting and clumping.

If your cushion cover has an X label, you’ll need to clean the couch using a solvent such as rubbing alcohol. Pour a few drops of isopropyl alcohol onto a sponge or cloth, then wipe the fabric in small sections at a time. Be sure to blot rather than rub the stain, and keep a clean sponge or cloth handy to wipe off any excess liquid or cleaner.