How Do I Spot Clean My Microfiber Couch?

How Do I Spot-Clean My Microfiber Couch?

Does your dog like to use your couch as his own personal drool-rubber-offer?

Were you a little too enthusiastic in your team encouragement watching the game with coffee in hand?

Did your tomatoed-up spaghetti noodle leap off your plate to cuddle with your couch?

Did you try to create a new furniture-food hybrid by introducing your mashed potatoes to the sofa, thus creating a couch-pota….okay, you get the idea.

 

Whatever disaster has struck your couch and left its mark, read on for easy peasy instructions for restoring order in your living room.

 

Microfiber may look like suede or leather, but that’s where the similarities end. Microfiber is actually made of polyester and nylon fibers 100 times thinner than a human hair. Yikes! While that may sound pretty indestructible, it does create some unique cleaning challenges.

 

RESISTANCE IS NOT FUTILE

The close weave of these teeny tiny little fibers will help keep dirt and allergens from burrowing their way into your furniture, but you can help things along enormously by regualy vacuuming your microfiber furniture. After all, if dust and dirt isn’t there to start with, it can’t be ground into things it shouldn’t be.

 

READ THE LABEL

Yes, I know this paragraph title irritates the living daylights out of you. It does me too, when I’m the one reading it, but there’s actually a jolly good reason for inspecting that little pokey-outy flap of pertinent information: not all microfiber is created equal. The label will tell you which type of microfiber you have, so you can deal with it accordingly.

  • ‘W’ means you must use water based cleaning solution
  • ‘S’ means you must use a “solvent” based cleaner
  • ‘S-W’ means you can use S or W type cleaners (yay!)
  • ‘X’ means you can vacuum or dry brush only (so, no water or solvent based cleaning solutions. Zip. Zero. Nada. None.).

If you are lucky enough to have furniture with a W tag, grab a soft cloth, a teeny squirt of dishwashing soap and a bowl of warm water and, with a few circular rubbing motions, you’ll be done in a jiffy.

Unfortunately, MOST microfiber will bear the mark of the “S” or NO TAG AT ALL. If you’re unlucky enough to have no pokey-outy flap of info, that’s not an excuse to treat it like a W. Trust me, you will regret it when the giant leftover water rings stubbornly refuse eviction. Treat it like an S, and follow the instructions below.

 

CHEMICAL WARFARE

Okay, I know ‘solvent’ sounds scary, but you really only need some alcohol. No, really. Rubbing alcohol will be a magical panacea and revelation all rolled into one, innocent-looking little bottle. If you’re all out of regular magical panacea, vodka or gin or another clear alcohol will work just as well.

You can either pour the stuff directly onto the stain and rub with a soft clean cloth, or, if you’re feeling timid and cautious, pour some onto a soft clean cloth and rub that onto the stain.  Either way. You don’t need to be particularly neurotic about blotting it dry either – just rub until the stain appears to be gone and leave it to dry. If there’s a little stain material left, just repeat.

 

If despite all the above efforts, the stain remains, you know who to call…..StainBusters!!! Or in layman’s terms, BCS, at 801 561 1730. We’ll have your couch looking spit-spot in a jiffy. Minus the spot. And the spit, for that matter.

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