You bought a recliner thinking that half of your worries would go away, you would have a way to deal with your back pain, and would finally be able to add that stylish touch to your living room along with that. It’s a plus if the recliner has additional features for your ease, and is said to be free of stains. However, after some months of usage, there come stains that you do get to notice. But alas! You do not find yourself prepared for that because the recliner was said to have the property of not absorbing any spills into it.
Behold! Don’t lose hope! Sometimes, spills can be absorbed by the recliner if they are left there for too long, therefore causing stains. But if stains can appear, then they can disappear as well, and we are here to tell you exactly how you would be able to clean those unwelcomed stains afterward!
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Cleaning Microfiber Recliners
It is indeed true that microfiber is considered the supreme choice for any furniture to be upholstered. There are a number of reasons for that. Its plush look and comforting nature make it appealing. But most important of all, it has proved itself to be very durable. People are impressed by its capability to endure and the fact that it is easy to clean. Nonetheless, it should not be forgotten that even microfiber needs cleaning sometimes if you want them to last long.
Step 1 – Find The Tag
Every recliner is bound to come with an instruction booklet or a care tag attached to some hidden but accessible part of it. The purpose is to guide the user about the kind of cleaning that recliner would require depending on the type of material used on it. The tag normally has one of the four simple instructions: W, S, W-S, or X.
Step 2 – Follow The Code
In case there is ‘W’ written over it:
It specifies that the recliner needs water-based treatment for it to be cleaned.
If there is ‘S’ written on that tag:
This only means that the recliner needs solvent-based cleaner on it.
If you find ‘W-S’ written on it:
This states that the recliner can be cleaned by both water-based and solvent-based solutions.
If there is ‘X’ written over the tag:
It means that the recliner only calls for the use of a vacuum or brush for its cleaning.
It is important to note that sometimes there is no care tag found on the recliner. If this happens to you, think of that recliner like the one which needs a solvent-based cleaner. This type of solution does not require any water usage. If in case, the water is used, it can leave its marks on the recliner. Those water stains are usually circular in shape and decolorize the affected patch, which can make things even worse. This is why it is always recommended to follow the instructions carefully while aiming to clean the recliner.
Step 3 – Do The Patch Test
Whenever we buy something we really like, we handle it with extreme care. Then why not do the same with recliners? After all, they prove themselves valuable to us in return. To determine that no destructive reaction would take place and the recliner would not lose its original color after the cleaning process, one must try cleaning a patch first instead of the whole recliner at once. It is better to proceed with caution, right?
Things needed in the cleaning process:
- Soapy water for water-based treatment
- Rubbing alcohol for solvent-based treatment
- Spray bottle
- Sponge or cloth
If the tag on your recliner asks you to go with a water-based solution, then even dish-wash or baking soda mixed with water can do the trick for you. On the contrary, if it calls for a solvent-based solution, then gently pour the rubbing alcohol in the spray bottle and get done with the dirtiest patch on your recliner. Wipe it away with the help of a cloth. Pro tip: you may also need a toothbrush to get in the tiny places of the recliner where your hand cannot seem to reach.
Step 4 – Scrub, Scrub, Scrub
Once the patch test is successful and you are sure that the cleaning solution is not doing any harm to your recliner, go on with the procedure. Rub and clean the dirty areas, give it your all, and make your recliner look as good as new!
When you’re done, leave it to let it dry on its own or use a blow-dryer to do it soon!
Step 5 – Vacuuming (optional)
This step is necessary when there is ‘X’ written on the care tag, but it can additionally be performed in other cases as well. All the dirt and hair that are stuck in the recliner come loose during the cleaning. So, after your recliner has dried up, a vacuum session would eventually free it of that trapped stuff, and you would have the satisfaction of keeping your recliner clean as much as you possibly could.
No worries if you don’t have a vacuum cleaner at home, and luckily, your recliner does not have the ‘X’ code. But if you do have it, then it is only fruitful to vacuum your recliner before starting the cleaning process, to blow away the dirt found on it at the start as well.