Microfiber is a great choice for your furniture. Cleaning MicroFiber furniture, however, can pose some real problems when you do it yourself. You may even have cleaned your furniture and it seems like the stain just got bigger? Here’s how to fix that and easily clean your furniture at home – safely.
What is MicroFiber?
Microfiber is a fascinating textile. Each fiber is finer than a strand of silk or less than 1/5th the diameter of a human hair. The particular composition of fibers varies according to its intended use. The capabilities are remarkable and include water repellency or absorbency, strength, softness, malleability and even electrodynamics.
For furniture, the fabric is often constructed from a water-resistant material.
So Why the Water Rings?
Since it’s water-resistant, what gives with those dirty water rings that show up when you try to spot clean?
As this image from Wikipedia shows, regular materials (on top) absorb water easily. Microfiber, however, in the bottom illustration, no moisture can soak through the surface. The moisture simply moves out away from the spot you cleaned and draws in soil you didn’t even notice. As a result, that soil is concentrated at the point of drying and a ring appears.
The best way to avoid this problem is to simply wet the entire area, seam to seam.
How to Safely Clean Your MicroFiber Furniture
As a residue of any cleaning chemical is not good for the material, the best home remedy is to rinse with the opposite or neutralizing solution. A cup of white vinegar mixed with 3 cups of water in a quart sprayer is a great way to neutralize any soapy cleaner and can be used on your microfiber to remove the cleaning solution.
Spray the entire cushion or arm with the rinse and wipe with white towels. For best results, dry with increased airflow (fans) and low humidity (AC).
By following these instructions, you can safely spot clean your microfiber furniture yourself. For your health, the EPA recommends a complete cleaning at least twice a year.
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