That grimy and soiled look your couch is wearing could be what’s bringing that shabby vibe to your room. You can easily give that bad egg a new makeover and a freshly purchased glow! Microfiber is synthetic fiber with very fine strands giving it the expensive look of suede or leather. The tricky part about cleaning these couches is that some of them cannot be cleaned with soap and water without leaving water rings or damaging the fabric. So you must first determine which solution to use.
Using the Right Solvent
A simple check of the label on your couch should tell you which type of solvent is suitable.
- W indicates a water-based solution
- S indicates a solvent-based solution
- S-W indicates either type can be used
- X indicates vacuum only
Water-based Vs. Solvent-based Solution
You can always buy a cleaning solvent, but the cheaper alternative is not to make your own. Everything you need for a water-based solution can be found in your kitchen – vinegar, lukewarm water, baking soda, and a spray bottle. The preparation is just as simple. Mix two cups of white distilled vinegar, two cups of warm water, and four tablespoons of baking soda in the spray bottle and shake thoroughly, and voila!
The recipe for a solvent-based cleaner is again very simple. Pour rubbing alcohol, chemically known as isopropyl alcohol, into a spray bottle, and you are ready for spring-cleaning!
Cleaning your Couch
Before you begin, make sure you have all you need – a vacuum cleaner, cleaning solution, microfiber cloth, and soft bristle brush.
- Begin by testing a small area of your couch. Spray the solution on the soiled area and let it settle for a few minutes. Check for any discoloration. If the fabric is unchanged, use the cloth to gently rub the stains off.
- Lift out the cushions and vacuum every crease and corner to make sure you get all the dirt off.
- Spray the rest of the couch, proceeding with small areas, with the solution and scrub thoroughly with the cloth.
- Use the soft bristle brush to scrub off the tougher stains.
Fluffing it Up!
After cleaning, the microfiber can become stiff and coarse to the touch. Restore the softness and comfort of your couch by gently rubbing the couch with a soft scrub brush or sponge. This should fluff up the fabric to its old welcoming, plush self.
Last but Not the Least. . .
Your couch is not immortal and with time and heavy use, it will show signs of age. However, there are a few things you can do avoid wearing it out quickly.
- Avoid getting on your couch with footwear. The harsh soles can tear into the fabric as well as add dirt.
- Use a sheet or couch covering when you are cleaning or renovating the room. It is best to use plastic covering secured with tape or remove the couch entirely when repainting the room.
- Vacuum your couch regularly if you have pets. Cats and dogs shed fur which eventually finds its way to the microfiber.
Every couch, microfiber or otherwise, needs a regular touch up. Thankfully, microfiber is easy to clean due to its characteristically ultra-thin threads. You can use this routine every few weeks to keep your couch looking polished and lush!