One of the biggest advantages of microfiber is that it’s easy to clean. In order to be tidy, this type of upholstery needs some proper tips to follow. In general, professional furniture dry cleaning by professionals, of course, will allow you to achieve incredible results. But you can also do it yourself.
Microfiber upholstery can be cleaned from stains, using a simple foam sponge, moisten in a soapy solution, and processed the cloth. 10 % rubbing alcohol and warm water will also help remove stubborn stains.
In order to clean the chair, covered with microfiber, it is strictly forbidden to use strong chemical agents (especially those that contain petroleum products).
General dusting is done with a small amount of warm water and soap. Process the fabric, and then, after waiting a few minutes, rub the stains with a sponge or soft brush. Dry the upholstery and iron it with a steamer. If the above methods did not help, to clean the chair from dirt, you can use only specially designed for furniture fabric.
More thorough cleaning involves the following steps:
- Vacuum your sofa thoroughly to remove dust and debris. Use the extra nozzle to the vacuum cleaner specifically designed for cleaning the microfiber upholstery.
- Clean all stains on the recliner with a dry, clean brush. This will help you loosen the solid dried particles.
- Get the padding off the recliner (if possible). Vacuum and brush all the areas under it.
- Check the recliner care instructions. It should have a note on it that tells you what to do next. Usually, it’s a code “W” cleaner based on water, any S-cleaner (solvent, rubbing alcohol or a consumer dry cleaning solution) other than water, an S/W-cleaner (solvent or water), or just an X-cleaner (vacuuming or light brushing).
- If your recliner is marked with “X,” then your work on cleaning the sofa is finished. Don’t try to use any cleaning products, so you’ll only ruin your recliner’s fabric.
- Get the right cleaning agent for your recliner. Good water-based cleaners are mainly gentle soaps, dishwashing detergents, carpet cleaners, and upholstery shampoos. Solvent-based products may contain alcohol, dry cleaning solvent, oxygenated products, and bleach-free upholstery products.
- To ensure that you have chosen the right product, apply it to a small, unobtrusive area of the upholstery. Wait for the upholstery to dry and check that it is fine.
Now let’s get to cleaning the stains. Apply a small amount of cleaner directly to the stain, making sure not to overdo it. Of course, individual stains react better to a particular cleaning method. Provided that your upholstery can be subject to the following cleaning methods, try:
- Using rubbing alcohol to reduce ink and marker stains.
- Wax stains can be removed by placing a paper towel or terry cloth over the stain and sliding it over with a hot iron.
- To remove dried gum, freeze it with ice and then remove it from the upholstery. You can also lubricate it with butter and then remove its marks with dishwasher detergent.
- To remove the unpleasant smell, dilute the baking soda with water and then spray it on the upholstery with a spray gun. After the solution has dried completely, vacuum the recliner.
- To clean the cushions (if removable), remove their covers and simply do the laundry (use washing machine).
- Use a hairdryer for particularly wet stains.
- After drying, the microfibers are shrunk and should be brushed to make them look normal.
- Now put your cushions back. Your sofa should be good as new.
- Try to remove any stains immediately. The longer the time elapsed since the contamination, the less likely it is that the contamination will be completely removed. After all, if you start cleaning right away, there’s a chance that you’ll be able to remove even the most difficult stains.
- Never rub. Simply soak the liquid so that it is completely absorbed.
- Never attempt to scrape off dried dirt or flocked hair.
- The upholstery of your seat should be treated with detergents (water-based cleaners are best suited for this purpose).
- Use soaked in soapy water sponge (or soft cloth) to treat stains. After that, the soap residue should be removed with a dry cloth.
- If you need to remove a lipstick or pen stains, treat the problematic area with an alcohol solution (10%) and then rinse with water at room temperature. A greasy or wet spot can be removed by attaching a soft towel that absorbs moisture and dirt.
- Jacquard upholstery of the chair can not be washed with powders that contain chlorine, as well as other similar means. To clean it at home, simply treat the upholstery with soapy water and then wipe the dirty areas with a sponge after a few minutes. Let the surfaces dry.
- Don’t use aggressive chemicals or solvents to clean the flock.
- Don’t squeeze flock covers and bleach them.
- If you periodically carry out general cleaning, then include the recliner in your list of required tasks.