How to Steam Clean a Microfiber Couch

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Things You'll Need

  • Stain remover

  • Cloth

  • Scrub brush

  • Bucket

  • Hot tap water

  • Steam cleaning solution

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Couches are often the centerpiece of living rooms, dens or studies. They are big, comfortable and get a lot of traffic. People are constantly sitting, working or eating on them. Couches take a good deal of abuse in any household. Microfiber couches are made of synthetic materials such as polyester, which is a difficult material to keep clean. Steam cleaning is a good option for this because it cleans in all the nooks and crannies with high-pressure steam and water.


Step 1

Clean all items off the couch so it is clear for steam cleaning. Remove the seat cushions.

Step 2

Vacuum underneath the seat cushions with a normal vacuum cleaner hose to remove all large debris.

Step 3

Pre-treat all spots and stains with a stain remover. Spray the stain remover on the spots and let it sit for 30 seconds. Rub it with a cloth or scrub brush (depending on how deep the stain is) to work the solution into the fibers of the couch.

Step 4

Fill a bucket with hot tap water and add the steam-cleaning solution. Read the label on the back of the solution to figure out the correct ratio of water to cleaner.


Step 5

Remove the tank from the steam cleaner. Pour the solution from Step 4 into the filter basket. Replace the tank and snap it back into place.

Step 6

Plug in the steam cleaner and set it to upholstery mode. Remove the hose from the holder on the back of the machine and put one of the brush attachments onto it. Turn on the machine.

Step 7

Press the steam button and run the hose backward over the surface of the couch. Stop pressing the steam button about 6 inches before you stop dragging the hose to make sure you get all the water off the couch. Repeat until done.

Step 8

Allow the cushions and frame to dry completely before placing the cushions back on the couch.


Run the steam cleaner over the couch again without depressing the steam button to remove excess water.


Always test a small portion of the fabric before cleaning to make sure the solution won't damage the fabric.

Replace the water and steam-cleaning solution when you hear a gurgling sound or stop seeing water cycling through the tank.


Matt Scheer

Matt Scheer began writing professionally in 2005. His work has appeared in "The Daily Texan" and "The New York Tribune." Scheer holds a B.A. in English and a B.A. in history, both from the University of Texas. He is also a certified Yoga teacher and Web designer.