How to Clean a Microfiber Recliner

Aug 8, 2018 | Blog

If you have purchased yourself a microfiber recliner, then you have most probably been given the sales speech about how stain-proof the fabric is. You’ve been perhaps led to believe that that fabric on your recliner can and will endure any adversity thrown at it.

Microfiber fabrics look like suede or leather and are cute, soft and cuddly, and they repel water as well as a duck. They do not show that dog slobber as well as most other fabrics do and are pretty easy to maintain. Their fibers are 100 times smaller than your hair, which is the factor that lends them that light weight and soft touch feel to the skin. And in case you have a case of the allergies, then this is the perfect fabric for you, as it does not create lint or store dust. These properties make them ideal for furniture, but if you are not keen on letting your visitors view traces of dog slobber or last week’s sippy cup contents every time they get to sit on your recliner, then we have an easy peasy method to give it back that new recliner shine.

Assess Your Recliner’s Care Instructions

Most recliners have a care tag sewn on the bottom or below a cushion, or a pamphlet that was given to you with your purchase. In that tag or pamphlet is a code detailing the washing instructions that come with the particular type of microfiber fabric on your recliner. The code is quite basic; it will either be the letters S, W or SW or X.

S – you should use a solvent based cleaning agent to maintain the recliner’s fabric
W – that you can use a water based cleaner
SW – use either water or a solvent based solution to clean the recliner up
X – vacuum only

Cleaning code W microfiber recliner

Cleaning items required

  • Water-based shampoo, foam upholstery or clear dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Stiff bristle brush


  1. Vacuum your seat
  2. Pour and stir in a little of the shampoo, foam upholstery cleaner or clear dishwashing fluid into a small pail of water.
  3. Dip your sponge, squeeze it out, and begin working on the stain from the outside first so as not to spread the stain.
  4. Redip, re-squeeze and repeat procedure until the dirt stains are gone.
  5. Rinse the area with clean water by using a clean sponge to rub off as much residual soap as possible.
  6. Once dry, use the brush to fluff the fabric back up.

Quick Tips

  • Always try the cleaning agent on a small portion of the furniture to check for any reaction or discoloration first.
  • Always blot out spills or stains immediately. It makes clean-up that much easier.

Cleaning Code S Microfiber Recliner

Cleaning items required

  • Waterless dry cleaning solvent or rubbing alcohol
  • Spray bottle
  • White cloth or sponge
  • Stiff bristle brush


  1. Vacuum your recliner to get rid of easy to remove dirt particles.
  2. Pour your solvent into a spray bottle and spray one section of your recliner a time.
  3. Scrub vigorously with the cloth or sponge, and you’ll soon see oil, grime, and dirt come off them.
  4. Repeat the process until your recliner is sparkling.
  5. Once dry, re-fluff the fibers back with the brush

Cleaning code W-S microfiber recliner

Cleaning items required

  • Waterless dry cleaning solvent or rubbing alcohol


  • Water-based shampoo, foam upholstery cleaner, or clear dish soap
  • Spray bottle
  • White cloth or sponge
  • Stiff bristle brush

Quick Tips

  • For this type of recliner fabric, use either a water-based cleaning solution or a solvent based cleaning agent depending on the kind of stain you are dealing with.
  • For stains like baby food, wine, mustard, dog drool or fur, ketchup, and mustard, use water and soap.
  • For more robust stains like pen markings, grease or oil or crayons, use a solvent based cleaning agent.


  1. Vacuum your recliner.
  2. Using the soap solution and water, blot out excess compounds.
  3. Spray the area a section at a time and use a cloth or sponge, to rub off stains.
  4. Rinse with clean water and a sponge to remove excess soap or solvent cleaner.
  5. Let it dry then fluff the fibers with a brush or vacuum to buff it up and to maintain the recliner’s appearance.

Cleaning Code X Microfiber Recliner

These microfiber recliners need more gentle use as you cannot clean them at home. Instituting sippy cup or no food rule on them would assist greatly in your efforts to keep them shiny.

Just brush or vacuum them regularly to keep them in tip-top shape.

Barry White

Chief Editor and Furniture Expert for


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