Evidently, if you sit on couches over and over (and even eat on them) them, they are going to get dirty. The problem would not be solved if we allow our kids to eat their snacks on them, either.
Some of you may appreciate this post as the holidays are drawing near and you may have guests coming to your home. I guess you do not have to wait until you have guest coming over but just saying, this may help!!
My couches had gotten some food/drink spills on them and needed to be cleaned out. Using soap and water sometimes got the dirt out but not fully. A few months ago, I saw a post from one of my blogging friends Kristen at The Road to Domestication on micro-fiber couch cleaning. She came across the idea on Pinterest and posted it on her blog. I intended to try her method out but with moving and keeping our stuff in storage for a while, I just got around to it.
I thought it would take longer to clean but it only took me about 15 minutes to clean and the simple method she used, worked really well for our couches. Thanks, Kristen!!
Note: The only con is that as you may know, rubbing alcohol has a seriously strong smell. But it all dissipates quickly once the couch is dried out!! Yea! But do open your windows, doors, turn on fans, or whatever you can if you cannot take the smell during cleaning!
Here goes: This is the state of my lovely 2 year old microfiber couches before the cleaning.
Here are the materials needed to clean them:
Rubbing alcohol (I bought a 16 0z bottle but used only half)
A sponge (I used a “soft-ish” steel wool) Did no harm!
A soft brush
What to do:
Pour a generous amount of rubbing alcohol unto the dirty spots (allow it to soak for just a couple minutes). Using the sponge, rub the dirty areas and you will see the dirt starting to come up on the couch and on the sponge. See my image below:
If your sponge gets too dirty, you may need to rinse it off before moving on to another area of the couch, or use a new sponge.
When I was done cleaning, I went ahead and used a wet rag to lean off the area.
Let the couch dry. The suggested time is 24 hours but mine took less than that. I cleaned it around 11:00 am and it was dried out by late evening. Then use the soft brush in a circular motion to fluff off your couch again.
Someone said, that the couch would firm up after the alcohol dries. Mine did not. So for me the extra soft brush was not totally necessary but I used it anyway.
And here are my fabulous looking couch one day after the cleaning and everything was all nice and dry again!! No need to buy chair covers as my hubby suggested..LOL…men!!
I am not sure if this work for other material of couches since I have not tried it out.
Do you have any easy ways to clean your couches? I would love to know in the comments below!
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness (Proverbs 31:27, KJV).