So last year you decided to purchase a comfy micro-fibre Sofa. You opted for a lighter shade because it blended perfectly in with your décor. However, 12 months on and a household full of kids, pets and clumsy adults has taken its toll and now your couch resembles a yucky shade of beige. The problem is that although your sofa may have been treated with some kind of stain resistor, lighter shades have a tendency to show every bit of grime and dirt. So just how do you get your comfy sofa looking like brand new? Here are a few pointers…
Step one – Always check the label
Even though on most micro-fibre couches you can remove the cushion covers and wash them, it doesn’t solve the problem of the arms and frame. So the first thing you should do is to check the tags since not all micro-fibre sofas can be treated in the same way and many don’t take kindly to water. At least this way you know what you’re dealing with.
Step two- Give it a good vacuum
Remove any loose hairs, dirt and dust that have accumulated so that you have a good clean base. A brush attachment works perfectly well for this kind of job.
Step 3 – Rubbing alcohol
If your sofa isn’t supposed to take water then a good alternative is rubbing alcohol (otherwise known as surgical or white spirit). Any chemist or pharmacist will sell it and it’s one of the most under-rated cleaning products available. It has the ability to break down dirt molecules quickly, but at the same time it evaporates and therefore isn’t going to soak the fabric
Step 4 – Use a clean scrubbing sponge
You know, the type with a rough piece on the bottom and a sponge on top. Anyway, taking the rough side, scrub vigorously on the area you’ve sprayed. As you scrub the grime should collect on the underside of your sponge, leaving your sofa resembling something similar to how it was when you bought it.
Step 5- Let it dry
If you’re using water then it will need time to dry (anything from 30 minutes to 3-4 hours). Rubbing alcohol, on the other hand, is quick drying, so your sofa should be good to go, in no time at all.
Step 6 – Fluff up the fibres
For that finishing touch, you might want to use a soft bristled brush and just fluff up the fibres that may have been flattened during the cleaning process.
Yes it’s a lot of work, but if you follow the above steps, the results can be spectacular. Alternatively. If you really don’t have the time, or just don’t fancy taking it on, then call in the professionals at Carpet Cleaning Kings. We’re an experienced carpet and upholstery cleaning company who can have your sofa looking like new in no time at all. Contact us today on 1300 7000 75 for a free quote.