by Staff Writer
The suede-like appearance and soft feel of microsuede sofas are appealing for many reasons. Microsuede sofas not only look stylish, but they are also extremely easy to clean. Microsuede is difficult to stain because the fabric's small, tightly woven fibers naturally repel water and other liquids, but you'll want to clean it regularly to prevent small problems from becoming big issues. Here's how to clean microsuede furniture.
Read your furniture care instructions. Read the instructions that came with your microsuede sofa to ensure you're cleaning it properly. Under the instructions for care, the manufacturer will list a W, an S, or a combination of the two. A sofa with a W may be cleaned with a water-based cleaner, while an S signifies that the sofa would be stained by water and must be cleaned only with microsuede solvent. If both letters appear, you may use a water-based cleaner or solvent.
Fill a spray bottle. Fill a spray bottle with water and a few drops of mild soap or microfiber solvent and find a clean towel to use. If you are reusing a bottle that previously held a chemical, clean it out thoroughly to avoid any contamination that might affect your microsuede fabric.
Spray the sofa. Spray the water or solvent on the sofa, but be careful not to soak it. If you are cleaning the entire couch, do approximately a 3-foot by 3-foot section at a time. This will allow you to concentrate your efforts on one area at a time.
Wipe the couch. Wipe each wet area with the clean towel in a circular motion until each section is clean. Use firm but even pressure. Don't worry if portions of your furniture look darker when damp; the fabric will dry evenly and return to the original color. Focus the majority of your efforts on the sections of your microsuede fabric contaminated by spills and other spots. It's best if you address stains immediately because they're easier to remove when fresh.
Let it dry. Let the sofa dry before sitting on it. Microsuede dries fairly quickly; as long as you didn't get it too wet, your sofa will be ready for use in about 20 minutes. If you'd like to help it dry, you can direct a fan at it.