Gave me the gumption to finally give it a go on a 10 yr old beige micro suede couch that our sweet old cat has started leaving butt spots all over. Regular brushings of cushion surfaces with a whiskbroom will cut down on stains from visiting insects and plant debris. We decided to make an attempt to clean it up for the holidays and it now looks amazing. I then hung them to dry for about an hour and then through them in the dryer on low heat for about 15 minutes. A couple of days later they started to smell. I think our furniture is beyond help-wish I had known this information years ago. .
It gets them really clean. I've washed a lot of covers of different kinds, and as long as it had a zipper I gave it a go. We also tried the stand-them-up routine. Look for tags that tell you the type of fabric your couch is covered with. Some are open-cell, some are closed-cell, and it gets more complicated from there. Dip an upholstery brush into the suds and gently run it across the upholstery. I have done this when removing cat urine that the cleaners did not get out after several tries - the odor remained.
This helps to ensure they get extra cleaning powers — and it will make sure you do not mix up their innards. Let soak for 20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with a high-pressure hose to remove bleach and detergent residues. My dog threw up on them. Some cushion covers are secured with zippers or fabric fasteners, while some cannot be removed. Keep in mind that this method is only necessary when the entire cushion needs cleaning. On the other hand, not washing your sofa at all generally leads to the seats becoming darker, as they attract the most grime.
Set cushions on edge to dry. Your cushion cover will be damp after you have finished cleaning so you will need to dry it by either putting it in the sun or using a fan. How on earth could I have let it get this bad… but what the heck was I suppose to do? End result, They came out looking and feeling like new! Other fabrics can be spot-cleaned using solutions recommended by the maker of the furniture. I cleaned it, but it's still there, and I want to clean them off. The cushion fillings usually consist of polyester fiber or a combination of fast-drying exterior grade foam and polyester wrap. Saturate stain areas with the solution and brush with a soft bristle brush.
If you have kids, wrap the cushion in clean towels or blankets and have them jump on it! I guess we will see how they turn out. Manufacturers presume that if you need to clean them that deeply such as from being having vomit sit on it over days, or a dead cat baking in the sun on it for days , then maybe you should just throw it away. Please read your label before attempting this step. On the other hand, not washing your sofa at all generally leads to the seats becoming darker, as they attract the most grime. Then our poor neglected couch was spit up on, colored on, and just abused. Pile up your outdoor pillows! Might be a good excuse to update the sofa with new cushion covers though. Needless to say, this couch has seen its fair share of wear and tear over the past 4 years… including some stains.
If I had it to do over, I would definitely stick to spot cleaning, or a take them to a dry cleaner. I scrubbed as much as I could. Cleaning this way will also allow the couch to dry faster than if you saturate it with cleaner and water. But more expensive couches commonly have bizarre, rare foams that would require an equally strange, counterintuitive manner of cleaning. Thanks for the step by step, tips and confidence from your experience and everyone who tried it and left comments. Although this material is durable and stain-resistant, the sofa cushions may get dirty and need to be cleaned. Rinse by using a slightly damp towel.
Spray the alcohol over the soiled areas of your sofa. Most couch manufacturers use letter codes to indicate how to clean the furniture. We have sprayed it down with greased lighting and wiped with a damp white terry cloth rag to remove permanent marker, and acrylic paint. For fast drying, you can place it over a dry towel and change the towel from time to time. Be sure not to rub the stain or press hard as this can do more harm than good. One tip for others…after removing the covers, I also vacuumed the cushions themselves. Cleaning A Microfiber Couch — Drying We are on our last step.
A lot of lip gloss, chap stick, and lipstick is all over the cushions. Mix up upholstery shampoo as instructed on the package, then use only the foam to clean. The method you use will depend on what you have spilt and what fabric you spilt it on. Cleaner that is left on upholstery will attract dirt and end up looking dirty and dingy. I hope I will not have to cut mine in half.
If they are not cleaned regularly, then they look dingy and start stinking. While doing so, remember that you have to move the brush both in the direction of the nap as well as against it. A sprayer with a solution of laundry detergent or dish soap and water worked as well on other marks. The technique is the same as that of cleaning stains from cushions that we have already discussed previously. Took about four hours to dry as it was pretty saturated when I was done. Apply this paste to the offending area and let it sit for 5-10 minutes then rinse of with a damp cloth until it is all removed. It is always smart to test an inconspicuous area before using any cleaners on your couch.