My sofas are gross. Really, really gross. Like, I can’t believe I’m about to show you this before picture sort of gross.
That arm isn’t wet, it’s just that dirty. I know it’s gross, don’t judge me.
Here’s what my sofas look like now:
And by sofas, I mean that one arm of one sofa. Because about 3 minutes into me focusing half my attention on something other than the children, pandemonium erupted. Wild pantless pandemonium.
Here’s what my sponge looked like after just that one arm of the sofa. Can you say yuck?
Here’s the before/after comparison that is going to make you all run over to find out how to do it.
Here are the steps to follow to clean your microfiber sofa (or any furniture for that matter)
Step 1: Vacuum with a brush attachment to remove any hair/crumbs/etc.
Step 2: Spray rubbing alcohol onto the dirty area
This sounds a bit crazy, but it’s key. The alcohol won’t saturate the fabric and evaporates much quicker than water so it won’t leave a mark. Just test in an inconspicuous spot if you’re worried about colorfastness.
Step 3: Rub vigorously with a clean scrub sponge
Make sure the scrubbing surface is white or the color could transfer.
Plus you’ll be able to see all the grime coming off your furniture. Be prepared to be grossed out (and secretly thrilled) – this sponge was white before!
Step 4: Let the area dry completely
The fabric may look stiff or dark in places, but the next step will take care of that.
Step 5: Rub with a clean, soft scrub brush in a circular motion
Again, be sure to use a brush with white bristles to avoid discoloration. This step fluffs up the surface of the fabric to make it soft again.
That’s it… very simple, but effective!
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