What Sofa Fabric is Easiest to Clean?

Here at Designer Sofas4U, we get asked this question all the time and it’s actually one of the main deciding factors for people when they come in to choose their brand new sofa. Of course, price plays a huge part, too but a sofa that’s easy to clean and will look brand new months later is always a priority.

Sofas and chairs are crafted from many fabrics these days due to varying tastes, budgets and, of course, depending on what they’ll be used for so it’s difficult to pin-point one exact fabric that will be ideal for everyone when it comes to cleaning.

Here are a few of our favourites from the ranges of easy-to-clean sofa fabrics available:



Extremely versatile and massively popular due to the resurgence in people wanting vintage-style, antique looking chesterfield sofas in recent years. If you have kids, leather sofas are a perfect fabric as they are wipe clean which means any spills and stains can be easily and quickly mopped up and forgotten about.

Obviously, as it’s a natural material just be aware that you may have to treat the leather regularly to keep it’s look and also, it can get a little chilly to sit on in winter so make sure you have extra throws on-hand!

If you’ve got pets, their little paws and claws may leave scratches on the leather so be sure to find out how to get these out if they’re relatively small and inconspicuous. If you’re using a distressed leather sofa, it won’t be that much of an issue as it can even add to the look!



Crushed velvet and velvet sofas are massively on trend right now, and rightly so. They’re effortlessly beautiful with little to no decorative elements needing adding, are soft to the touch and comfortable to sit on. More than just aesthetics though, velvet sofas are extremely durable.

A well-built velvet sofa can last for upwards of ten years, in some cases even thirty years! Velvet sofas now come in a range of finishes and colours which are both water and fade resistant making them ideal for durability. If considering a velvet sofa, speak to your sales representative about ways and products that will ensure it looks brilliant for years to come and don’t forget to always check the label for care instructions.



Microfibre couches are great for cleaning up spills and have a great reputation for being good all-round fabrics designed to withstand heavy use yet is easy to maintain. In order to clean a microfiber sofa, all you need to do is put some alcohol on a damp cloth and clean the area by rubbing in a circular motion.

A downside of microfiber is that some can find the material a little scratchy, so if this is the case for you be sure to invest in some comfy pillows and maybe even a throw to make it that little more comfortable if you’re sitting down for long periods of time.

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