How Do I Remove the Tiny Lint Balls on My Microfiber Couch?

Updated February 21, 2017

Microfiber is a very thin, man-made fibre that's soft, durable, and attractive. That's why it's so popular as a covering for chairs, recliners, love seats, chaises and couches. Microfiber is also easy to care for. It's virtually stain-resistant. Microfiber is a tightly woven fabric that doesn't create lint itself. But, its smooth surface attracts lint, as well as dog and cat hair. Cleaning a microfiber sofa is an easy task. Regular cleaning keeps it looking its best.

Remove any protective covers, pillows and cushions off the microfiber couch; set them aside.

Place a soft brush attachment on the accessory hose of the vacuum cleaner. Sweep the dirt, debris and loose lint balls off the surface of the couch. You may need to make several passes across the same area to get the material clean, Make sure you clean the entire couch: the back, seat area, the arms, sides and front. Sweep the pillows and cushions, if there are any.

Use a sticky lint roller to remove lint balls from the couch. Run the sticky end of the roller back and forth across the fabric to pick them up. When the surface of the roller isn't sticky anymore, rinse it off under running water to clean it. If the roller is a paper roll, peel off the soiled layer and discard it. Finally, use the sticky lint roller to clean off the pillows and cushions, if applicable.


Cleaning the microfiber couch with a vacuum cleaner first helps to reduce the amount of debris the sticky lint roller will need to pick up.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner with soft brush attachment
  • Sticky lint roller
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Kayar Sprang has been a professional freelance writer and researcher since 1999. She has had articles published by clients like Kraft Foods, "Woman's Day" magazine and Mom Junction. Sprang specializes in subjects she has expertise in, including gardening and home improvement. She lives on and maintains a multi-acre farm.