Purchasing an exciting recliner was a very exciting experience. I looked through dozens of options, trying to find the right one. Eventually, I found it and brought it home. However, after a few weeks, it became clear that I was facing a new challenge. I needed to keep it clean. Thankfully, this doesn’t need to be a difficult process. Let’s look at some of the best ways to keep a microfiber recliner clean.
Clean Out The Crevices
One of the features of a microfiber recliner is that the pillows are sewn in place. This stops them from moving around too much as you sit on them. While it can create a more comfortable sitting experience, it can allow dust and dirt to accumulate in the crevices. To clean this part out, you’ll need to use a two-part process. First, use your hands to scrape out as much dirt and you can. This will let you get the bigger pieces, which might clog up your vacuum cleaner. Who knows, you might even find a few dollars.
Once you’ve got all the bigger pieces out, you can send in the vacuum cleaner. This will suck out all the smaller dirt and grime. You might need to go over the same area a few times, to make sure that you are removing all the dirt. Microfiber tends to hold closely to dirt and grime. As a result, it can take a little more effort to clean it. Often, the hose attachment will be the best choice. This will let you get deeper. In some cases, you might even want to use a brush to help you get any hair. This can be a great option if you want to remove pet hair.
Vacuum The Pillow And Underside Of The Recliner
Next, you’ll need to vacuum everywhere else. It’s a good idea to start by gently flipping the recliner over. Depending on how heavy it is, you might need to get a friend to help you do this. This will allow you to vacuum the underside of the recliner, cleaning out the springs. If you notice that there are hairs or dirt stuck in the spring, you might need to use your fingers to gently remove it. It’s also a good idea to vacuum the space where the chair used to sit. If you have a wooden floor, this can be a good opportunity to mop the floorboards.
Next, you’ll need to flip the recliner back into position. It’s a good idea to extend the footrest. This will let you vacuum under that section. In some cases, you might have a model that allows you to take off the back of the chair. If this is the case, remove these elements and vacuum around them. When you are satisfied that the recliner has been thoroughly vacuumed, empty the vacuum.
Use Some Soap And Water To Get Rid Of Tough Stains
One of the benefits of choosing a microfiber recliner is that it will be very resistant to water and stains. As a result, it should be able to cope with minor spills. However, it’s still possible that it might develop some stains. The best way to remove these will be by using some soap and a damp cloth. Ideally, this should be done as quickly after the spill as possible. The longer the stain stays in the fabric, the harder it will be to remove. Don’t get the recliner soaking wet. If you do, you might leave some water marks. Once the spill has been cleaned, leave the couch to dry.
In some cases, you might need to devise a tougher way of dealing with stains. In this case, you might want to think about creating a tougher cleaning mixture. Do this by combining three parts baking soda and one part water. This should create a paste. In other cases, you might want to see if there is a commercial cleaner that will be suitable for the recliner. Before applying it to the stain remover, check it on a small patch near the bottom of the chair. This ensures that it won’t damage the fabric. If you’re using a commercial cleaner that’s been designed for microfiber recliners, there shouldn’t be any risks. But it doesn’t hurt to double-check.
When you’re satisfied, you’ll need to apply the paste to the stained area. It’s often best to use a soft-bristled brush to rub it in. A toothbrush might be the ideal tool. It will often take a bit of time before you will be able to remove the stain. When you’re finished, wipe the fabric with a damp cloth to get rid of the cleaning solution. Repeat this process until all the stains have been removed. You’ll often need to wait until the recliner had completely dried before you move onto the next step. You can also use rubbing alcohol to remove a tough stain. This video goes into more detail about this technique:
Vacuum The Recliner Again
Finally, you’ll need to vacuum the recliner again. Often, when you are rubbing it to remove the stains, you’ll be releasing dirt and grime that was trapped in the fibers. By vacuuming it again, you’ll be able to remove the final remnants of dirt. In this final vacuum, just focus on the crevice and the pillows. You won’t need to flip it over again.
How Often Should I Clean My Recliner?
One of the biggest factors for you to consider is how often you’ll be using the recliner. The more often you’re sitting in it, the dirtier it will get. Also, the color might impact how much work you need to do to keep it clean. For example, stains will show up more noticeably on a white recliner, when compared to a black one. As a general rule, I would advise cleaning it every few months. By doing this, you’ll keep it looking great for a long time.
Keeping your recliner clean is one of the best ways to extend its lifespan. The good thing about microfiber is that they don’t require an extensive cleaning process. As long as you’re willing to put in the effort to remove the stains, you’ll be able to make sure that it stays in excellent condition for a long time to come.