Micro-suede is a material that consists of tightly woven synthetic fibers that create a durable, water-repellent surface. Because microfiber can be crafted to look like leather or suede, it is a great choice for homes, restaurants, and commercial spaces. Micro-suede sofas and armchairs may be more durable and stain-resistant than those made from other materials, but they won't protect you from spills and other wear and tear. Follow these tips to clean and remove stains from your micro-suede furniture.
Part 1 of 3: Basic Micro Suede Care
Step 1. Vacuum the micro suede to remove crumbs and dust
Try to vacuum the fabric once a week, or more often if you have a pet that sheds, this will keep your furniture clean and fresh.
If you have a very powerful or bulky vacuum cleaner, use a furniture brush instead
Step 2. Dry clean micro-suede with detergent
Sprinkle detergent powder on the fabric, gently rub it into the fabric with a rag or brush, and vacuum. This is especially useful for preventing pets from ingrained odors.
Step 3. Determine the code for your microfiber
Micro-suede furniture must have a printed tag with a code indicating which cleaning agents can be used on the material. The code will look like "W", "S" or "S-W".
- "W" means that a water-based cleaning solution can be used.
- "S" indicates that a solvent-based cleaner (or one that dissolves chemical compounds) can be used.
- "S-W" means you can safely use both types of cleaners.
Step 4. Wash the micro-suede every few months
Even if the fabric doesn't get dirty, washing will help keep it fresh and tidy.
Part 2 of 3: How to clean micro-suede
Step 1. Buy the right type of cleaning solution for your fabric
Fill a spray bottle with the solution recommended by your micro suede manufacturer.
Step 2. Spray the solution onto the area to be cleaned
To clean the entire soft surface of furniture, work in three-foot (90 cm) increments to avoid over-saturating one area with the solution.
Step 3. Wipe off the cleaning liquid from the furniture
Press down on the soaked areas of the micro-suede using a clean, undyed cloth. Rub the furniture lightly with the cloth in a circular motion.
Wipe the material with another sponge to remove excess moisture
Step 4. Let the furniture dry
Microfiber material dries quickly. Allow furniture 15-20 minutes to dry completely before using.
Step 5. Wash your micro-suede pillows and pillowcases
Some removable micro-suede covers are machine washable. Check the manufacturer's instructions before washing.
Part 3 of 3: How to remove stains
Step 1. Wipe up spills immediately
If you can wipe off the spill before it is absorbed, you can prevent the stain from forming. Wipe off quickly with a paper towel or cloth.
- Do not rub spills into fabric; blot it lightly so it won't be absorbed.
- Sprinkle baking soda over large spots. When it's dry, vacuum it.
Step 2. Perform a stain test before applying the stain solution
Choose a spot on the bottom or back of your furniture; you never know, maybe the method for removing stains will cause discoloration or damage to the fabric.
Step 3. Use rubbing alcohol to remove stubborn stains
Dampen a cloth or cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and gently rub the stain until it is removed.
- Wet wipes containing alcohol will work fine.
- You can also use vodka if you don't have alcohol. Just be sure not to use an unknown liquid.
Step 4. Try vinegar on oil stains
Dampen a cloth with vinegar and rub until the stain is removed. To prevent vinegar odor, rinse the micro-suede with water or a solvent-based solution, whichever is required for your micro-suede after applying the vinegar.
Step 5. If all else fails, use a scrub
Use a concentrated amount of detergent solution approved by the micro-suede manufacturer. Spray it loosely over the stained area and rub with a brush until the stain is removed.
- To remove odors from your micro-suede, apply dry baking soda to the area, let it sit for 24 hours, and remove with a dry cloth. Brush off any residue.
- After drying, micro-suede can have tough spots where stains have been located. To soften the material, gently brush the area back and forth with a bristle brush or clean toothbrush.