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Cleaning and Care Tips for Your Microfiber Furniture

Microfiber Furniture
Whether used in your family room or as an accent piece in a formal living area, furniture can be a big investment. Therefore, you want furniture upholstered in a way that is not only appealing and comfortable but also strong and durable.

Microfiber is becoming a popular option because it offers a variety of benefits, but you may not be familiar with this innovative upholstery. This guide will teach you about microfiber and how to clean and care for this comfortable, durable, and attractive upholstery.

Understanding Microfiber

Many experts compare micro fibers to human hair, but in reality, micro fibers are 100 times finer than human hair. While incredibly fine, the fibers are very strong and durable when woven together.

The method of weaving the micro fibers together to create upholstery for your furniture allows the material to last for an extended period. When compared to cotton or linen upholstery that wears down quickly with basic use, microfiber will uphold its feel, look, and comfort a great deal longer.

Even though microfiber is durable, it is not meant to last forever. On average, you can expect a sofa to last between 7 and 15 years, no matter what type of upholstery covers it. If you want to extend the lifespan of your microfiber furniture, make sure to follow recommendations for proper care and cleaning.

Simple Microfiber Care

One of the easiest ways to clean your microfiber furniture is with a vacuum. An upholstery vacuum attachment is capable of removing dirt, dust, food particles, and other debris and of loosening dirt and allergens from the upholstery while improving its overall look and feel.

Consider vacuuming your microfiber furniture each time you vacuum your floors to reduce the risk of heavy buildup. If you prefer not to use your vacuum, invest in an upholstery brush. Use a nylon-bristled scrub brush to remove dirt, dust, hair, and other debris from the microfiber surface.

If possible, consider applying a protectant to your microfiber upholstery.

Your furniture upholsterer can apply this stain-resistant protectant or you can purchase DIY products. If applying the protectant to your furniture yourself, make sure to spray it in a well-ventilated space to reduce your intake of the chemical fumes.

Upholstery protectant is not mean to protect your microfiber from basic wear and tear, but it can reduce the risk of discoloration and stains.

Microfiber Cleaning

Even with ongoing vacuuming or brushing, dirt and allergens, in addition to food residue and stains, may affect the look and feel of your microfiber furniture.

Thankfully, professional help is available.

To get started, determine the cleaning code for your specific furniture piece. The code can be found on a tag under the cushions or at the bottom of the furniture piece.

A W code signifies that the microfiber should be cleaned with water or a water-based solution. Solvent-based cleaners, such as rubbing alcohol or powder detergent, can be used on furnishings with a S cleaning code.

If the label reads W-S, you can use a water-based or solvent-based cleaning solution on your microfiber.

Finally, a label with an X should only be vacuumed or brushed. Water-based or solvent-based solutions are not recommended for cleaning this microfiber upholstery.

It is important to note that vacuuming and brushing alone may remove dirt and other debris, but it will not remove any odors that are lingering in your microfiber. To remove dirt, allergens, stains, and odors, professional care will be necessary.

Your furniture is an investment, so understanding the best cleaning and maintenance techniques to use on your specific upholstery is smart. For more information on cleaning and maintaining your microfiber, other upholstery, or carpeting, contact John Wecker Carpet Cleaning today.