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How to Clean a Microfiber Recliner

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Microfiber is a great material for recliners. It’s comfortable, affordable, and resistant to stains. It also picks up dirt easily. So, prepare to keep it clean by knowing how to prevent stains and knowing how to clean the chair.

What is the best way to clean a microfiber recliner?

Microfiber Recliner ready to be cleaned

Recliner care tags contain a simple code that tells you how to clean your chair specifically. Clean chairs with a water-based solution if the tag says W. Clean it with a solvent if it says S. Use either if it says SW. For chairs with an X, vacuum or brush it only.

Before you use any cleaner, manually clean the chair. Brush large particles from the surface and vacuum the entire thing. A lint roller also works to pick up little bits of dust that cling to the small fiber. Whatever you use, move it in a uniform direction, not back and forth.

If there is fluid pooling on top, try to gently sop it up with a paper towel. Microfiber resists water, so a cleaner might not be necessary.

Use a cleaner advised by the chair’s care tag, dabbing it one and blotting away dirt with a cloth.

What to use to clean a microfiber recliner

Physically cleaning a microfiber recliner is always appropriate. Make sure you brush it in the same direction to pull dirt and lint from the surface without damaging the fibers. You can also use a lint brush and a vacuum.

To clean stains or watermarks, get either a brush or a cleaning cloth and a cleaning solvent as determined by the care tag.

Remember, a W means a water-based cleaner, an S means a solvent-based cleaner, and an SW means either will work.

If it is an S or an SW, purchase a commercially available microfiber cleaner, or mix a little rubbing alcohol with water. If it is a W or an SW, use a little bit of dish soap and white vinegar mixed with warm water. The soap will clean the chair, the vinegar will remove odors.

A chair might also have an X, which means physically clean it only. For stains, use a dry cleaner.

Don’t use bleach or fabric softener.

How to clean a dirty microfiber recliner

vaccuming a microfiber recliner

Give your recliner a thorough physical cleaning, either by brushing it, vacuuming it, or rolling a lint brush across it. Make sure you get the nooks and corners where the fabric meets. Food particles have a habit of falling into those places. You might even find some loose change.

While microfiber is good at resisting stains, they are inevitable. That is especially the case if they get a lot of use.

Consult the chair’s care tag to see what kind of cleaner you can use. Once you have an appropriate cleaner, try it on a corner out of sight in case it leaves a watermark.

Either dab or brush your cleaner onto stains. Work on just the stains. Either brush up the dirt or blot up the cleaner with a clean rag.

How to clean spots and dirt from a light tan microfiber recliner?

A light-colored recliner is a special challenge because any stain or watermark is a lot more visible than on a dark chair.

There isn’t any special secret, except that you’ll want to use extra care. We’d also suggest a dry cleaner and a toothbrush, even if the care tag says that a solution-based cleaner is appropriate. That reduces the risk of leaving a watermark.

If you can use a water-based cleaner, we’d suggest brushing in a paste of baking soda and water. Mix three parts soda and one part water as a good rule-of-thumb.

A toothbrush is handy in these situations because the small head and bristles let you get right in and work the stain.

How to prevent stains on a microfiber recliner?

To prevent stains, you may wish to pay a professional to apply a treatment. Prevention is always the best first step to take to fix a problem, and if you’ve got the time and money you might as well have a pro do it.

Professional treatments generally last longer, offer more consistent protection, and provide better protection than off-the-shelf treatments.

If you want to do it yourself, do it in a well-ventilated space and apply only as much as is recommended by the product label. Be sure that the treatment you’re using is appropriate based on the instructions with your chair’s care tag.

How to remove smells from microfiber recliner?

Using baking soda to prevent odors in a microfiber recliner

There are three ways you can remove odors from a microfiber recliner.

Removing many odors is as simple as good physical cleaning. You’ll want to make sure to hit those dark corners with a vacuum nozzle to scoop up bits of food and other things.

If your chair has a care tag with W or SW on it, you can use a water-based solution to clean it. You can remove odors by adding some white vinegar to a water-based solution you use to clean it.

This is especially handy if the stain you’re cleaning is a source of the odor. Kill two birds with one stone.

If your chair is not suitable for a water-based solution, you can sprinkle baking soda over it and let it sit. Make sure you apply it uniformly across your chair. The same deodorizing power baking soda brings to your refrigerator will help remove nasty odors from your chair.

How to clean a La-Z Boy microfiber recliner

La-Z Boy is best known for its recliners, and it offers a number of microfiber models. Because they tend to be big furniture investments, you might want to take a little extra care in how you clean one.

A good, handy tip is that while you’re vacuuming your chair that you put the soft brush on the end of your vacuum wand. This will help kick up any dirt particles buried deep among the fibers.

Once you’re finished cleaning a La-Z Boy, we’d suggest drying it with a hairdryer on its coolest setting. Never use warm or hot settings, which might damage its soft, delicate synthetic fibers.


Properly cleaning your microfiber recliner means not looking at ugly stains while you use it. It’s a popular fabric because it resists stains, but you’ll also want to know how to properly clean your chair.

We hope you found this valuable. If you did, we’d invite you to leave a comment letting us know what you found most informative.

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