Hello again, savvy savers! Today’s Tutorial Tuesday post, is a selfish endeavor for me, as it involves the odious task of safely cleaning micro-suede at home! According to the National Furniture Market 2014 Sales Record, 1:6 sales nationally were micro-suede, and so I would imagine this post can help a lot of you, too! As you can see above, the sectional in our den needed a bit of work, and honestly, I have just not wanted to clean this couch. So, with a little research and trial and error, and a few profanities later, I can come up with the most economical, time-friendly way to clean this household staple!
- Spray Bottle Nozzle (on hand)
- Bottle of Rubbing Alcohol (on hand)
- White Sponge ($0.25, from 4 pack at dollar tree)
- Soft Bristle Brush (on hand)
- Credit Card (on hand)
- Vacuum (on hand)
Total Cost: $0.25
Here’s how to clean it:
- Thoroughly vacuum your furniture piece; front sides, under cushions, back panels, and inner-connective parts, if needed.
- Place a Spray Nozzle on a bottle of rubbing alcohol.
- Spray down your couch with rubbing alcohol; your fabric will need to be damp but not saturated.
- Start working from your cushions down, take a white sponge (this will prevent artificial dyes from the sponge from being transferred to your fabric), working in a circular motion, work up stains in the fabric.
- Let the fabric dry approximately 20 minutes.
- After this time check your fabric, and if stains still persist, follow steps 1-4 with a clean sponge.
- Once the fabric is cleaned, and fully dry, take the edge of a credit card, and scrape the top of the fabric in long, straight lines.
- This will allow the fabric nap to be raised and will allow the original colors of the fabric to emerge.
So, as you can see… this work wonders! I am super excited about the results, as this cleaning method has only set me back $0.25, the cost of a sponge! How amazing is that! If anyone has other methods for cleaning micro-suede, please leave me a comment below and let me know!
Here’s to better living,