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TIPS FOR DAILY USE

Keep your microfiber couch looking good with weekly vacuuming. Use a bristled upholstery attachment to remove dirt and brush the nap of the microfiber at the same time, which helps keep it feeling soft

 

What to do when a spill occurs?

 

  • Before cleaning your microfiber furniture, read its care instruction tag. Look for the codes that indicate how to clean the fabric.

“W” means the fabric is water-safe;

“S” means to clean with a dry-cleaning solvent;

“S-W” means both solvent- and water-safe;

“X” means to dry-brush or vacuum only.

  • Rubbing alcohol may work on microfiber furniture marked “S,” but always test it first on an inconspicuous spot.
  • Never use bleach, acetone, carpet cleaner or upholstery cleaner on microfiber furniture.

 

Although microfiber is designed to repel water, tending to spills quickly helps prevent telltale watermarks from forming.

  • Blot liquid from your microfiber couch with a plain white cloth, pressing the cloth down and lifting straight up rather than rubbing.
  • To get rid of stains and watermarks, fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol, spritz the stain lightly and rub with a white or natural-colored sponge.
  • Allow the alcohol to air dry or speed up the process with a blow dryer on the cool setting.
  • After drying, brush the spot with a dry, nylon-bristled scrub brush.

MATERIAL

Microfiber looks like suede, but the fabric is actually made of polyester and nylon fibers 100 times thinner than a human hair. Since the fibers are so small, the weaves can be much tighter, which has two advantages. First, less dust or other allergens can sink into and through the fabric, making your furniture more hypo-allergenic. Second, the tight weave means liquid spills will bead up on the surface of the fabric instead of immediately soaking into the fibers, which gives you a short window of time to dry up the liquid before it stains.