Today, there are a lot of different materials that cover furniture, and not all of them are washable. Of course, when stains appear on the furniture it causes certain problems. Microfiber has soil-repellency properties what means that this type of cloth gets dirty harder than any other. However, spots can still appear in the course of time. So, how should you clean microfiber?
Before you start cleaning the furniture, pay attention to the label on the rear surface of the sofa or couch. The instructions or the label usually contains comprehensive information on how to care for the furniture. If you see the letter W, you can use water. If not – avoid water as it may leave stains.
- Before cleaning the whole couch, check the detergent on a small area of fabric. Do not use soap or a strong detergent as they can destroy dirt resistant properties and damage its texture.
- Always immediately remove any spilled liquid from the cloth. Microfiber is a waterproof type of fabric; however, if you do not immediately remove the water, the liquid can be gradually absorbed and stains will appear. Blot the liquid with a paper towel so not to rub it in the cloth (otherwise, there may be stains).
- You should wipe the sofa at least once a month. In addition, vacuum the couch once or twice a week, especially with pets at home. Do not switch on your vacuum cleaner to the maximum power to clean microfiber sofa, otherwise the fabric can be stretched and it will fold. As a result, you will have to change the upholstery.
- Never throw away the instructions that came with your microfiber furniture. It is important to know whether only dry cleaning is allowed or it is possible to use water. When you can unfasten the upholstery of the furniture and if the fabric is washable, then put it in a washing machine, add a mild detergent, and wash at a delicate cycle. After that, dry it at a room temperature.
How to Clean a Microfiber Couch
Water resistant microfiber
You will need a mild soap, sponge or towel, a vacuum cleaner with a soft nozzle, soft brush, hair dryer and cold water.
- Remove the cushions from the couch.
- Vacuum the sofa thoroughly to get rid of dust and garbage.
- Wipe the sofa with a slightly damp cloth. It is better to use a white cloth while cleaning as colored one can leave color traces on the couch.
- You can remove dirt spots by spraying spirit or any alcohol (gin, vodka) to the contaminated area, rub the spot with a sponge or soft brush, and finally, clean with a cotton cloth. Unlike water, the alcohol quickly evaporates and, therefore, it is less likely that it goes deeply into the fabric, and then after cleaning will leave stains. If the label has the letters SW, it is allowed to clean the sofa with a water-based detergent, such as a carpet cleaner, gentle soap, an upholstery shampoo, etc.
- Let the fabric dry. To speed up the process, use a hair dryer.
- Finally, scrape the surface with a soft brush in a circular motion what helps to soften the fiber.
Microfiber, sensitive to water
You will need dry cleaners, dry-cleaning solvents, vacuum cleaner with a soft nozzle and a soft brush.
Vacuum the dust and garbage off the fabric. Then choose a small area for cleaning and sprinkle a little dry cleaner, and then rub it into the fabric with a soft brush. Thereafter, vacuum the spot before you decide to move on to the next section. In case, when the method does not have effect, try to use a dry-cleaner strictly following the manufacturer's instructions. If you doubt then consult an expert.
How to remove stains and smell
There are several ways to eliminate various types of stains from microfiber. First, check the effectiveness of a microfiber sofa cleaner on a small, hidden part of the couch to be sure that the fabric cannot be damaged.
- To remove spots from nail polish or other stubborn stains, you can use hair spray.
- To get rid of your pets’ hair from, use a sticky roller. In addition, you can collect pet hair with rubber gloves.
- Vomit stains can be removed with a solution of vinegar and water (mix them in equal parts). Apply the solution on the stain and wash it off using a soft cloth or sponge. As for the smell of vomit, you can sprinkle a baking soda and leave it overnight. In the morning, vacuum it. This method is suitable to get rid of the urine stains and smell, as well.
- To remove a chewing gum, wipe it with an ice cube. Ice will help to harden the gum and it can be easily removed from the upholstery.
- Try to get rid of grease stains with a usual dishwashing detergent.
- To remove ink traces, pour a small amount of alcohol on a white towel. Gently wipe the stain with a towel. Use alcohol only for the stained part of the couch. Repeat the procedure 2–3 times until the stain is completely gone. This method is also suitable for removing water traces, lipstick, and other oil stains. Water leaked in microfiber often causes darkening of the spot. If this happens, gently wipe it with alcohol.
- To get rid of the smell, you should sprinkle some baking soda on the stain. Then leave it on the sofa for 5 minutes so that it can absorb all liquid. Vacuum the sofa. Then pour the soda again, if the stain or odor has remained. This method also works for urine stains.
- It is also good to use a steam cleaner on a delicate cycle to remove stains.
Never clean microfiber sofa with a nail polish remover or anything containing acetone. Never use products containing bleach, as they may cause discoloration of the fabric.
If none of the above methods help to get rid of the stains then you should contact the manufacturer or seller of the furniture. It is likely there is a special cleaning solution for your furniture fabric that easily allows you to remove the most stubborn stains.
Author: Anna Wallace