How to clean polyester fiber couch

Are you looking for a means to clean a polyester fiber couch? Well lucky for you, you have come to the right place. Today we will be looking at ways in which you can clean a polyester couch without actually making the sofa dirtier than it already is. Firstly we are going to have to look at certain things like what polyester actually is. 

What is polyester?

So in short or generally Polyester is a fabric made from strong, synthetic fibres. The sun doesn’t affect it as much as it does natural materials and it has a longer lifespan. It’s durable and sturdy, which makes it a preferred furniture material option by many. A polyester holds colour well, meaning that it won’t fade over time. 

Furniture that is made from this type of fabric won’t look saggy after continuous usage because of its resilience. On the negative side, due to its artificial nature, it is more vulnerable to heat and burns. Polyester comes in many forms such as microfiber, canvas, certain faux leathers, velour and satin, tweed, twill, and textured finishes.

How to clean polyester Furniture 

If you are planning to make your sofa look new for the longest, be sure to clean it every six to twelve months.

Cleaning regularly your furniture expands its life while keeping it looking new and fresh. It’s common sense that the dirtiest piece of the interior is the one you use the most. In this case, that’ll be your comfy sofa. 

The sitting area gets abused every day by spillages, greasy food stains, pet hair and more. If you have kids, i’m sure at a certain point they make a trampoline out of it and your cat or dog probably sleeps there 14 hours a day. To keep your upholstery in top-notch shape, deep clean it professionally every 6 to 12 months. 

How to clean a polyester sofa

The following are the most common manual ways to clean polyester furniture. If the sofas covers are removable, you can cut the cleaning time in half by putting them in the washer. Remember to always follow the tag’s instructions, so you don’t shrink or damage the cases.

  1. You can water down some dish soap and use it as a cleaning solution. This is the most common method used by people with fabric sofas. If your sofa has developed some unpleasant smells over time, apply baking soda and leave it to set a couple of hours before hoovering it. 
  1. You can hand wash your sofa fairly fast and easy. First, you have to vacuum the surface of the furniture, removing any food crumbs or stray hairs. Don’t forget to suck up the dirt from under the cushions. After that, you can proceed to clean the couch by whipping it with a dampened sponge. Be extra careful when using water. You have to keep the moisture from penetrating the padding because it can damage it. Finally you can spray some furniture freshener just to give it a nice scent. 

How to clean pet pee from a polyester sofa

If your beloved pet has decided to make a toilet out of your furniture you have to move fast. Urine stains are easier to remove while still fresh. If you leave them to dry, the hormones from the pee will get locked inside the fabric’s fibres, leaving a funny scent. Still, there are times when you haven’t noticed the mischief and the pee dried out. Here are the solutions for both scenarios.

Fresh pet pee

With this you need to first blot the stain with a paper towel. Make sure to use gentle patting motions. Don’t rub in the pee, it will sink into the padding, making it even worse. Sprinkle the wet area with some baking soda and apply white vinegar over it. Leave the mix for as long as possible. Hoover the dried out soda. If there is any moisture left from the vinegar, again, carefully blot it. That’s it! You are done.

Old pet pee

This method is a little bit trickier and its success depends on the age of the stain. The older the spot is, the lower the chances to get it out of your couch. So, in a spray bottle mix 300 ml of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with 3 tablespoons of baking soda and then add 2-3 drops of dish detergent. 

Shake the bottle until a homogeneous liquid is formed. Test the solution on an invisible part of the furniture. See if they are changed in the colour of the fabric, if not, proceed with applying the mixture on the affected areas. Repeat the process until the stain disappears.

How to spot clean polyester from stains and spills

Like with pet stains, you got to work fast and careful. To rub in any type of spilt substances will do more harm, than help. Ketchup, milk, or coffee, it doesn’t matter, just do your best to gently dab the surface with a paper towel or cloth. Then cautiously work in a mixture of vinegar and water. 

When doing this make sure that you do not drench the couch in the solution, just a sprinkle on top of the stain will do the job. Use light circular movements, working in the DIY detergent from the periphery of the stain to its centre. Blot any excess moisture. Let the area dry and repeat the process if needed.


The good side of polyester is that it is very easy to clean, some types are even stain-resistant. The synthetic material is very strong and durable. It holds colour very well. Generally, it’s a low-maintenance and budget-friendly material. You won’t have to buy very expensive material for them to clean up well. 

On the other hand, manmade materials like polyester are made from plastic, which makes them non-compostable. Also, the fact that it is not waterproof makes certain types very easy to stain. Which is very annoying in most cases especially if you have kids or pets.

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