What is microfiber material and its advantages?
Microfiber is an ultra-soft polyester fabric made to be stain-resistant making it ultimately perfect for furniture upholstery for a few reasons; to begin with, its tough texture means you’re always sitting in comfort. Secondly, microfiber is durable and water-resistant, which makes it ideal for homes with kids and pets. Ideally, the maintenance with microfiber is stress free. Lastly, the fabric holds its color well, so it will look fresh and new longer than many other fabrics will retain their originality.
In addition to this, microfiber is highly water resistant, but it’s not completely immune to stains. The tremendously tight weave of microfiber causes any liquids to bead up and sit on the surface of the fiber for a short time instead of soaking right into the fabric. If you can clean up the liquid before it soaks into the fabric, it will be as if nothing ever spilled on your furniture.
Moreover, keeping microfiber furniture free of dust and crumbs is easy. Use a vacuum with a soft-brush attachment to get any loose dirt off the cushions and out of seams. If you do happen to get a liquid stain or smudged dirt or food on your furniture, start by reading the manufacturer’s care instructions. If the care instructions say your couch, chair, or ottoman is water-safe, use the suds of some dish washing liquid on a clean cloth to gently rub the stain in a circular motion. A popular microfiber cleaning agent that you can locally source for cleaning is the Turtle brand which come accompanied with a foaming brush (See image).
Steps for cleaning leather sofas
Leather sofas add a touch of elegance to your home décor. Cleaning and maintaining these luxurious sofas, however, is a tricky task as you cannot just wipe them down with a wet cloth.
Moreover, harsh cleaners can easily ruin your expensive sofa. Even bleach and ammonia-based cleaners should be avoided. Although leather is a durable material, it is porous.
Thus, you can either make a gentle yet effective cleaner at home or use a leather cleaner recommended by your sofa manufacturer. It is usually suggested to clean leather furniture every three months, or at least twice a year
Vacuum clean the sofa with a soft brush attachment. Make sure it sucks the dirt out of all the crevices; otherwise, the dust and grime could be rubbed into the couch when you wipe it with the cleaning solution.
Dust particles are abrasive. Hence, they can damage the material when they come in contact with moisture.
Create a cleaning solution by mixing equal parts of water and white vinegar. Alternatively, you can combine a few drops of commercial leather cleaner in water.
Dip a soft cloth (preferably a microfiber cloth) in this solution and wring it out so that the cloth is damp, not completely wet.
Wipe the entire sofa with this cloth while rinsing the cloth in the cleaning solution when necessary. It is best to start cleaning from the top and work your way down.
Dry the sofa with a clean towel. Do not use a blow dryer for this purpose as it is likely to dehydrate the leather.
For conditioning, mix one part of white vinegar and two parts of linseed oil or flax seed oil. Using a soft, clean cloth, apply this mixture on the sofa in broad, circular motions. Leave on overnight.
Next day, buff the sofa with a clean rag to restore its shine.
Apart from the vinegar solution, you can also clean your leather sofa with a moisturizing soap (such as Dove) and water (bring it to lather and then wipe). Test the cleaning solution on an inconspicuous spot before using it on the entire sofa.