Microfiber Furniture and Upholstery Cleaning and Care

Microfiber upholshtery chair

Most microfiber is polyester with some nylon and, unfortunately, an increasing amount of rayon. A microfiber is a filament having a diameter of 1 denier or less. The thickness of microfibers ranges from just above 1 denier per filament to 0.3 dpf or below. This fiber is very strong, durable and has good resistance to abrasive wear. It also resists deterioration when exposed to mildew, sunlight, water and insects. Most microfiber is a great fabric and is usually easy to clean.

Microfibers are very fine fibers compared to more conventional fibers; microfibers are half the diameter of a fine silk fiber, one-third the diameter of cotton, one-quarter the diameter of fine wool, and one hundred times finer than human hair. This very fine quality gives the microfibers very unique and desirable properties. Because of how dense and tightly woven the fibers are, microfiber fabrics are liquid repellant, like raingear. Polyester microfiber has excellent resistance to soiling and staining. Microfiber furniture has a soft "hand" (feel) and looks and feels much like suede.

Always follow manufacturer's care instructions. The fibers are very small and the fabric is tightly woven so spills should bead up.

Dog and cat hair is the biggest problem with microfiber upholstery. It does not brush off easily.The easiest way to remove cat and dog hair from microfiber furniture is to use a lint roller or the Handi Brush®. Microfiber isn't suitable for long haired pets. Hair and body oils from people and pets stick like glue to microfiber - requiring more agitation and cleaning than most upholstery.

The fact that cleaning cloths and mops are so often made of microfiber should tell you something - it holds onto water-based materials spilled onto the furniture like crazy and is difficult to remove! Additionally, like olefin, polyester is very oil-loving!

Please use the following suggested care methods for any additional soiling or spills:

Food Spills: Lift any excess food with a dull knife-edge. Blot off excess food with a white cloth dampened with warm water. If the spill has dried, you may be able to remove the food completely by lightly brushing off the dried food with a clean, dry soft-bristled brush.

Daily Cleaning: Loose dirt should be vacuumed and brushed away before it becomes embedded and harder to remove. Weekly vacuuming or light brushing helps to remove soil and prevent the embedding of dirt or grime between fibers which can increase abrasion and wear.

Overall Cleaning: Use a professional cleaning service when an overall soiled condition has been reached. Please refer to the fabric’s cleaning code for proper care.

Note to professional cleaners: Place the furniture on a furniture blanket before beginning your cleaning - to prevent overspray getting onto the floor! Dry off with a Turkish Towel to groom the pile and to remove any marks from your upholstery tool. Aggressive cleaning won't usually permanently harm a microfiber piece, but the nap has special grooming concerns. If you allow the upholstery tool marks to set, reclean the piece to set the nap correctly.

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