Saturday, December 3, 2016

Cleaning a Microfiber Couch

Thanks to HomeRight for providing a SteamMachine Model 53 for review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.

As you may know, we are getting close to finishing up a massive basement renovation. We have been doing it all on a tiny budget, which means being creative with furnishing the main living area. If you saw my "before" pictures, you would have noticed that all we had in the room before was a recliner, side table, and TV, (a.k.a. the castoffs) so we needed to purchase a few more pieces to make the space functional.

Don't throw out that stained microfiber couch; steam clean it!

If you have not been shopping for couches lately, they are expensive! We actually need to replace the love seat in our living room and we cannot even find one of those for less than $500, even at the discount stores.  But I digress...

A few months back, one of our good friends got new living room furniture and was selling their old couch and recliner for almost nothing. Usually I am weird about buying pieces like this because I know firsthand the nastiness that can be embedded in the fabric. (sweaty boys, dog slobber, spilled food and drink) But, it was such a good deal that I was just gonna throw a slipcover over it and be done.

Don't throw out that stained microfiber couch; steam clean it!
Before Cleaning
Recently, I got the chance to test the new HomeRight SteamMachine Model 53 and I knew my first project would be the stained couch.  It did not disappoint...read on to see the "after"!

Supplies:

Microfiber cleaning cloth or sponge
Spray bottle
Rubbing alcohol
Distilled water
HomeRight SteamMachine

Don't throw out that stained microfiber couch; steam clean it!

First, I vacuumed the couch well, since it had been downstairs in the middle of our demolition zone. (a drop cloth can only do so much)

Don't throw out that stained microfiber couch; steam clean it!

Next, I spot cleaned it with rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle.  I read that you should not use other cleaners on microfiber because they can leave spots. I used a microfiber rag and worked in small areas, spraying and rubbing; you could see the dirt immediately transfer onto the rag.

Don't throw out that stained microfiber couch; steam clean it!

Once I finished cleaning a decent sized area, I went over it with the steam cleaner. I used the small, round brush head to fluff up the couch fibers.


I repeated these steps until I had cleaned the entire couch. It was pretty stained, so it took me about an hour total, but the results are totally worth it!

Don't throw out that stained microfiber couch; steam clean it!

The HomeRight SteamMachine Model 53 comes with multiple attachments to use on a variety of surfaces. Next up are the tile floors in my bathrooms!

Don't throw out that stained microfiber couch; steam clean it!







Disclaimer: Please read all instructions before using the steam cleaner and exercise reasonable safety precautions. Real Girl's Realm will not be responsible for any injuries or damages from the use of any information on this blog.



7 comments:

  1. Our couches are pretty much twins! I got mine at a thrift store in pretty good condition, but one of the first things I thought about was, "how will I clean this?" With a little one, we immediately started seeing stains appear - almost looking like wet marks! This was a helpful post and now I know some options :)

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    1. Oh I love it! Even without a steam cleaner, using the alcohol and a brush will probably remove most of the stains.

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  2. I love my steam cleaner! One of the best items ever to get the most life out of a couch.

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    1. I agree! I have used it in my bathroom too to clean the tile!

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  3. You can also remove the seat cushion covers on most of them and throw them in the washer and dryer. Out they come looking brand new.

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  4. I can't believe the difference! It looks amazing!

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    1. I was impressed too! I thought it was a lost cause :)

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