When we bought our house 4 months ago we had no furniture at all, so we had the
budget buster pleasure of furnishing the whole house. When we bought our sofa, I wasn't exactly thinking about the damage that a little boy would do to it. I was told that microfiber is pretty durable, but I was not aware of how it shows water marks very easily. So mix a sofa that shows every bit of water that has ever touched it and a little boy who constantly has a spit goatee, and you get one nasty spotted cushions.
Well, I had gotten to the point of not being able to stand my disgusting marked up sofa any longer, so I got on the computer and did some searching. I found some great tutorials for cleaning microfiber and decided to give it a try. I was a little leery, but I still had the back of the cushions, so if it went terribly wrong I could just turn the cushions over. But, I am here to report that it work like a champ, and my cushions look great again! So for any of you out there with a slobbery microfiber couch, here's what you do:
First here's a before picture (don't judge me)
1. Poor rubbing alcohol in the spray bottle and saturate the stain. Don't completely drench it, just make sure it is wet.
2. Scrub the stain with your rag or sponge. Don't be afraid to put some oomph into, you won't hurt anything. Using a white sponge will prevent any color bleeding onto your cushions. You could also use the color of your cushions if you have it.
3. Wait for the alcohol to dry, it won't take long. Once it dries it might feel a little stiff. Don't panic, that is where the scrub brush comes in. Take your brush and rub it on the couch in a swirl motion to fluff it back up.
4. Bam! Done! Easy right. When I finished there were still some water marks, so I just redid those and scrubbed a little harder
Now for the after pictures.
I was a little worried that it would stink, but it really wasn't to bad, and once it dried you couldn't smell it at all. Also, it seemed a little counter productive to spray liquid on water marks to remove them, but since the alcohol dries so fast it wont leave new water marks. I will probably be doing this many more times.