Can you steam clean microfiber furniture? I’m asking for a friend who needs to clean up after a party. The couch has spilled drinks on it.
Shonda, Providence, RI
Many people wonder how to clean microfiber safely. It can be confusing to know whether it is okay to steam clean or if another cleaning method should be used. You don’t want to ruin the furniture, after all, as it probably cost you quite a bit of money.
However, the care label on the couch or recliner should tell you if you can you steam clean microfiber furniture. If the suede couch has a “W Label” or indicates you can use water and high temperatures, it’s probably safe.
Always do test a spot out of sight before you steam the whole couch or sofa. Steam it, then use a white cloth to wipe it. That way you’ll see if the fabric is truly color-safe or if it bleeds.
You’ll also need to plan on cleaning the whole couch at once, not just steaming the spots and stains. Otherwise, you may see a difference between the clean spots and the rest of the furniture. You might also see watermarks, which are never a good thing.
The same rules apply when you steam clean carpet. It’s always best to do the entire surface. There’s likely some hidden dirt anyway, and you’ll have a nice clean sofa or carpet when you’re finished.
If the couch’s care label is missing, or if it shows an “X,” get advice from a professional cleaning company before you try a steam cleaner. If it shows an “S,” you can use solvents to clean the fabric. Don’t try acetone or nail polish remover. Instead, reach for the rubbing alcohol.
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Again, test the alcohol in an inconspicuous place to see if it changes the material’s color. Once you’re certain it won’t damage the fabric, try these steps. Spray the alcohol onto the stain areas and let it dry. Then use a soft nylon-bristled brush on the fabric.
The best way to steam clean car upholstery is by tackling all of it at once, too. Address stubborn stains first with a commercial or homemade stain-fighting solution and then use your steamer. Be sure to leave the windows and doors open to let the fabric completely air out afterward.