Faux leather resembles natural leather but isn't as expensive. You'll also find that faux leather is easier to clean than real leather. Products that aren't suitable for traditional leather will work on a fake leather couch and remove any stains on the surface. The best products for cleaning a faux white leather couch will remove stains, including water stains or food stains.
Water stains occur when water is left on the surface of the faux leather and dries in place. Stains are not as noticeable on a faux white leather couch because they tend to blend into the fabric, but you'll still recognize them. These stains look ashy and follow the same path you took when cleaning. If the water drips down, the stain will follow that path. Apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol to the water stains, and gently buff them out with a soft cloth. Try applying the rubbing alcohol with a spray bottle and brushing down on the stains with the cloth. The idea is to lightly feather out the stains until they disappear completely.
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Distilled White Vinegar
Distilled white vinegar has multiple uses around the house because it has a high acid level that cuts through stains. Despite the acid, it's still safe to use on fake leather and removes a variety of stains, including oil-based stains from foods. The trick is to apply the vinegar to the stain and then blot it away. Let the vinegar sit on the stain for a minute or two, and dab a clean white cloth against the stain. Keep adding more vinegar and using a fresh cloth to remove the stain. Vinegar not only cleans but also deodorizes and neutralizes smells on the fabric.
Dish soap is suitable for faux leather surfaces, including microfiber couches. You must first dilute the dish soap in warm water, making a mixture that's slightly sudsy. Dab the mixture on the couch, and rub it with your hand or a dry cloth. Leaving the soap and water mixture on the couch results in a hard area and may even stain the couch. Blotting with a dry cloth to remove the excess soap on the surface prevents this from happening. Add a small amount of water to the surface of the couch, and blot that with a clean cloth. Repeat this process until you don't see any more soap coming from the couch. Let the couch dry overnight.
Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.