In recent years you’ve probably noticed many products made with a material called microfiber, a synthetic fiber made from polyester, and sometimes polyester mixed with nylon. Microfiber makes great cleaning cloths that are absorbent and cost-effective. Many households have switched their couches or recliners to microfiber because of it’s durable and stain resistant qualities, as well as its velvety look and feel.
Microfiber started with developments in Japan that led to the release of “Ultrasuede” in the 1970s, and since then research and development have modified the material to fit many different applications, for example:
- Tablecloths and washcloths
- Car and home upholstery
- Athletic gear
You can also find microfiber area rugs, but so far, microfiber carpeting is not widely available.
Taking Care of Microfiber
Many people choose microfiber for their living room furniture instead of other materials, even leather. They appreciate its affordability and stain resistance. But even so, accidents happen. What is the cleaning procedure when it comes to microfiber furniture? Each couch, chair, or other furniture piece featuring microfiber comes with a tag. That tag is important, because it identifies one of four different codes that identify how your microfiber needs to be cleaned.
- W – Water-based cleaning solutions. Best to use distilled water to rule out minerals, chemicals or other things often floating in tap water.
- S – Solvents containing no water. This microfiber requires a dry-cleaning solvent that demands adequate ventilation for your safety when using them.
- S-W – Solvents with or without water. Either is acceptable, but still refrain from using tap water.
- X – No cleaning agent at all, with or without water. Use a vacuum only, and contact a professional for any special care.
Many versions of microfiber latch on to microscopic allergens and debris over time. It’s a good idea to vacuum your microfiber furniture as often as you vacuum the rest of your house, but do not use an agitator or beater bar. Use your upholstery attachment. You don’t really need an expensive cleaner or exclusive attachment for microfiber, although there are some available online. Remember that regular vacuuming of your carpets and upholstery is the primary way of keeping your decor clean between professional treatments. And when you need those professional treatments, contact Preferred Carpet Care by phone or online in Redding, California.
- Posted by Rod Barth
- On March 4, 2021