Posted on: 9 August 2017
Most people know that cleaning their home's interior and exterior is necessary to uphold its appeal and value. However, placing time and energy into maintaining your furniture is also necessary, considering that sofas and chairs are typically large investments. Unfortunately, you may not know how to clean and maintain your furniture's specific upholstery.
Microfiber is becoming a popular option in upholstery today. Available in a variety of color choices and resistant to fading from the sun, it is easy to see why so many people are opting for this highly durable material for their furniture. Of course, regular cleaning and proper care are necessary for protecting the look and feel of microfiber. With this guide, you can protect your furniture investment with simple solutions to clean and maintain your microfiber.
W, S, S-W, or X
Before you begin cleaning your furniture, check for a tag under one of the sofa, loveseat, or chair cushions. Each manufacturer will include a tag that offers information on the safest and most effective solution to remove residue from the microfiber.
If the tag is labeled "W," you can use any water-based solution on the furniture. If the furniture has an "S" on the label, consider a solvent-based cleaner to remove residue or stains. Either a water or solvent cleaning solution can be used if the tag is labeled "S, W." Finally, tags with an "X" refer to microfiber that should be vacuumed only. Using water- or solvent-based cleaners on this type of microfiber may cause permanent damage or discoloration.
In many households, the tags may be missing on the furniture. If this is the case, using a solvent-based cleaner should be fine.
Before you use any cleaning solution on your furniture, you should vacuum the upholstery thoroughly. This will remove light dirt, dust, hair, and residue from the microfiber before using a cleaning solution to remove stubborn residue or stains.
Connect a handheld attachment with a soft-bristled brush end to your vacuum. Move the brush attachment across the top, bottom, and sides of the microfiber. Remove cushions as well, and vacuum underneath each one.
Unless your furniture is labeled "X" for vacuum only, you can use a cleaning solution to remove sticky residue or stains.
For microfiber that you should use only a water-based solution on, fill a clean spray bottle with warm water. Add a few drops of liquid dish soap to the bottle and shake to mix. You can also add a teaspoon of white vinegar or baking soda to the soapy water to deodorize the microfiber. Be sure to shake the bottle a second time to mix.
Spray a generous amount of the water-based solution onto a clean, lint-free cloth. Use the cloth to blot at dirty, discolored areas of your microfiber. Allow the area to air dry before sitting on your furniture.
For microfiber furniture that can be cleaned using a solvent-based cleaner, fill a spray bottle half way with warm water. Then, fill the rest of the bottle with a solvent, such as ammonia or rubbing alcohol. Shake to mix the ingredients, ensuring the solvent mixes with the water thoroughly.
Spray the solution onto a clean, lint-free cloth and dab an inconspicuous area of the microfiber to test. Wait a few minutes to determine if the solvent will bleach or discolor your microfiber. If the microfiber changes in any way, do not use the solvent any further. Clean with the water-based solution mentioned above.
If the solvent does not damage the microfiber, spray more of the solution onto the cloth and clean the soiled area of your furniture. Then, allow the microfiber to air dry.
Microfiber is an excellent fabric for furniture that receives a lot of use, but it still requires light cleaning and maintenance. If your microfiber needs to be cleaned, use this guide to ensure it is done in an effective and efficient manner. For additional advice, contact a furniture upholstery expert in your area.Share