How to Hide Scratch Marks on a Microfiber Sofa

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Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner with upholstery attachment

  • Soft cloth

  • Microfiber cleaner

  • Vodka

  • Toothbrush

  • Throw pillows

  • Slipcover


If you have a cat that keeps scratching the couch, then place a scratching post or pad near the areas the cat scratches. This keeps the cat from leaving new scratches on the microfiber.

Microfiber fabrics have a texture and feel similar to suede. The main difference between the two materials is that microfiber is easier to clean and is much cheaper. As microfiber is a synthetic material, it has a strong and durable surface that does not show much damage. Your couch may show some minor scratching caused by using the wrong cleaning products, animal claws or from heavier objects rubbing against the fabric. Cleaning typically removes or hides those scratches.


Step 1

Press the upholstery attachment from your vacuum cleaner on the couch's scratched area. Move the vacuum along the scratched surface and rub the attachment around in small circles. The movement readjusts the fibers, which may hide the scratches.

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Step 2

Dunk a soft cloth, such as a microfiber cloth, in water. Squeeze the excess water from the cloth and rub the cloth against the scratches. Work the wet cloth over the couch in a circular motion. Let the liquid dry for several hours. The process may hide or remove minor scratches.


Step 3

Clean the scratches with a specialty cleaner designed for microfiber surfaces. The cleaners do not leave behind marks or stains. Apply the cleaner to the couch and dab it off with a dry, soft cloth. Scratches caused by stains come loose with cleaning.

Step 4

Rub a small amount of vodka on the microfiber couch. If scratch marks appear on a dry or rough area of the couch, scrub them with an old toothbrush. The vodka evaporates and does not leave behind water stains, and may help remove scratches.


Step 5

Cover the scratched sofa with throw pillows and/or a slipcover as a last resort. The throw pillows give your couch a more comfortable look, while also hiding smaller couches. For larger couches, a slipcover completely hides those damaged spots.