How to Clean Microfiber Chair+ Remove Odor/Stain

No matter what you plan to use as upholstery for your furniture, there is always a range of microfiber options.

Due to its similarity to suede leather in touch and feel, its extensive color selection, durability, and affordability, this fabric is becoming popular day by day. 

I analyzed the popular office chair selling website wayfair.com. From a total of 24000+ office chairs, I found 250+ microfiber chairs. It means that microfiber upholstery is not as popular as leather upholstery; however, a few decent options are available. 

However, over time, stains can sink into microfiber, and watermarks are prevalent.   This post is for people who use this unpopular upholstery.  

What is Microfiber Upholstery?

Man-made microfiber is woven into a soft pattern and cut to give it a plush, soft feel. Microfiber is made from polyester and nylon fibers that are extremely thin.

Moreover, the fibers are closely woven or knit so that dust, dirt, and stains cannot penetrate the surface. The tight weave causes liquids to bead on the surface, making cleaning microfiber easier than cleaning other fabrics.

Microfiber upholstery is stain- and water-resistant. Dry or wet, any stain on the microfiber is easily removed by blotting and wiping. Still, it gets stained, and some stains are hard to get out. That’s why I wrote this post.

How to Clean a Microfiber Chair using Cleaning Agent?

I have listed the easiest DIY cleaning methods to clean a microfiber chair. Look at this dirty microfiber office chair.

dirty microfiber chair

Well, as a solution to that thought, read on:

Before you start cleaning, you will require the following materials:

  • Vacuum 
  • Spray bottle
  • Soft-bristled brush 
  • 2 bowls
  • Microfiber cleaning cloth

Brushing

Using a soft to medium bristled brush, gently and in a circular motion scrub the fabric. 

Tip: Do not scrub aggressively. I know you want to get rid of the stains or dirt. But, calm down. You will only damage the microfiber upholstery threads by doing this. Therefore, be gentle with the scrubbing.

Vacuuming

Once that is done, vacuum the chair in one direction only. Don’t forget to vacuum the crevices.

Tip: Make sure to vacuum the crevices where the dirt can prevail.

Apply the Cleaning Solution

When vinegar is used to wipe the fabric, combine ¼ cup of WHITE VINEGAR and 1 cup of lukewarm water. In addition to this, add 2 to 3 drops of mild liquid soap. Mix the solution and transfer it to a spray bottle.

Vigorously shake the bottle. (maybe get in a few dance steps as well to keep yourself entertained). Finally, your vinegar spray is ready. Considerably spray over the fabric. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

Tip: Spray a little on an inconspicuous spot to test for any reaction.

Alternatives to Vinegar Solution

If you don’t intend to use vinegar, you can use the following cleaning agents.

  • Isopropyl alcohol(rubbing alcohol) – (Only if your Fabric has S or SW code)
  • Soapy Water – (Only if your Fabric has W code)
  • Method Glass and Surface Cleaner (Only if your Fabric has S or SW code)
  • Windex Glass Cleaner (Only if your Fabric has S or SW code)
  • Woolite Carpet & Upholstery Foam Cleaner (Only if your Fabric has W code)

Scrub it

Use a microfiber cloth to scrub the area in a circular motion. Scrub until all stains are removed.  

Don’t use any colored cloths since color transfer could occur.

Drying

Afterward, dry the fabric under a fan. In addition, dab a dry towel on the microfiber upholstery to dry it.

To get the microfibers to their original state, brush the microfiber seat with a soft bristle brush.

Tip: Do not place the chair in harsh sunlight. This will damage and cause the fabric to fade. 

It is okay to repeat this step if you are not satisfied with the outcome. Make sure, however, that the microfiber seats are completely dry before you reclean them.

Microfiber chair

Clean a Microfiber Chair using Baking Soda

Similarly, you can use baking soda instead of vinegar as an alternative to this method.

Cleaning with baking soda is similar to cleaning with the solution method described above. In contrast, you will vacuum and use baking soda instead of cleaning solutions and scrubbing.   

Now, let’s know how to apply baking soda and do the vacuuming.

Sprinkle Baking Soda

Simply sprinkle some baking soda on the chair’s microfiber upholstery and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Be sure to sprinkle baking soda uniformly across the fabric. 

Vacuuming

Next, vacuum up the baking soda powder and let it dry. Now, isn’t this easy? Surely. Furthermore, you can also wipe out the baking powder with a microfiber cloth. Wiping with a microfiber cloth, however, is not as effective as vacuuming. Wiping with a microfiber cloth may leave some baking soda residue.

Steam Clean

If you are not satisfied with the seat’s cleanliness, you can use a steam cleaner to clean it further. Simply move the steam cleaner around the surface, and you’re done. If, however, you used a microfiber towel previously to wipe baking soda off the microfiber seat, you should steam clean it. 

Now, follow the same drying procedure as described for the cleaning agent method above. Also, don’t forget to scrub the microfiber seat with a soft bristle to lift the microfibers.

Deep Clean a Microfiber Chair

The deep cleaning method is similar to the cleaning agent method. Nevertheless, the step of scrubbing will be replaced by the cleaning of carpets using an extractor described below.  

Carpet Extractor Method

After spraying any cleaning agent on the seat, you can use a carpet extractor to remove the dirt. An upholstery extractor is perfect for deep cleaning. Further, vacuuming dirt with a carpet extractor is better than dabbing the bloated stain with a cotton rag.   

Now, dry them as usual, following the drying step suggested in the cleaning with the cleaning agent section above.

Cleaning Spots and Stains

Microfiber upholstery can get easily stained over time. Therefore, I have listed cleaning methods to remove stains such as grease, chewing gum, pet urine, and sweat stains.

Grease

Cornstarch can be used to remove grease stains. Use an old toothbrush to work in cornstarch. You should let it sit for about an hour before vacuuming.

If necessary, repeat. In general, cornstarch absorbs oil. Cleaning the area with soap suds or rubbing alcohol will help remove stains.

Gum

You can freeze ice cubes in plastic bags, then put them on the chewing gum to harden it. Break away the hardened gum with a dull knife or your fingernail.

If necessary, refreeze the gum slowly. If any stain remains, remove it with soap suds or rubbing alcohol.

Urine Stains

Use cold water and 1 cup distilled white vinegar to apply in the urine-soaked microfiber spot(without detergent at this point). In addition to removing urine stains, vinegar breaks down the uric acid in urine and makes the stain easier to remove. 

Afterward, repeat the process (adding detergent) and dab a clean cotton rag to clean the stain.

For old stains:

  1. Prepare a bowl with 10 ounces of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, 3 tablespoons of baking soda (not baking powder), and 2-3 drops of dishwashing detergent. 
  2. Then pour into a spray bottle. 
  3. Spray some cleaner in an inconspicuous place before cleaning the upholstery
  4. Make sure it dries completely. If there is no color change, proceed as follows:  
  5. Give the cleaner an hour to work on the stain. Repeat till the stain is gone. 
  6. Blot the area and dab with a dry towel until you have removed all of the cleaning solution. It is imperative to remove detergent residues since they will attract dirt over time. In addition, hydrogen peroxide can bleach upholstery and make the fibers weaker if it is not removed. 

Sweat Stains

Spray a solution of mild soap water and water on sweat stains to remove them. You must, however, make sure the chair is completely dry before storing it. As a result, mold and bacteria will flourish in the fabric.

How to Get Rid of Bad Odors from Microfiber Chairs?

Sprinkle plain baking soda over the entire chair before bedtime. You can work it in lightly with a soft-bristled brush. Vacuum the next day. This will get rid of bad odors from your chair.

How to Prevent Wear and Tear of Microfiber Upholstery?

Microfiber wears down over time when exposed to harsh chemicals, despite its durability as a cleaning cloth. For example, avoid bleaching agents when possible as they can discolor furniture, purses, or shoes. 

Likewise, acetone is another chemical you should avoid since it decomposes and dissolves plastic. Acetone strips polyester fibers from microfiber products completely, ruining them.  It may seem natural to use a carpet or upholstery cleaner when cleaning.

On the other hand, you also have little control over what chemicals get onto the chair. Instead of using natural substances geared toward cleaning codes, most cleaning products use chemicals that bleach or ruin microfiber.

How often should you clean microfiber chairs?

Normally, we wash microfiber products only when they are visibly dirty or during a cleaning session. If we’re talking about microfiber cleaning cloths and towels, this is fine. However, you should be proactive when cleaning other products. 

When you vacuum the carpet, for example, make sure you clean the microfiber furniture every week. Thus, dirt and oils on the surface are reduced, which could eventually cause stains.   In addition to its excellent grip and locking ability, microfiber also collects dirt, dust, and other elements wherever it is used.

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