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When we bought our new microfiber chairs, I was excited!
I loved the sea-blue color.
I loved the feel of them.
I loved the matching ottomans.
What I learned NOT to love, soon enough, was the spots that are always on them! If anyone used them or touched them, they left marks. Our kids hands are all over these chairs! I keep their toys in the ottomans (see the post about Organizing and hiding the toys in your living room), so they are constantly touching them and opening the lids. I was beginning to regret this color choice and fabric choice. (Make sure that you don’t miss the bottom of this post for a time-saving solution, too!)
SOLUTION 1: Rubbing Alcohol:
Next, take a bottle filled with rubbing alcohol (NOT WATER!) and spray it on your microfiber. Spray heavily until you have fully coated the area that you are working on. I did one cushion at at time. (The top, then the sides- one side at a time). I then did the back, then front, and then sides of our chairs. I did the ottomans last).
Next step: Get a sponge or washcloth & rub vigorously on the area where you sprayed the rubbing alchohol. I used a white washcloth & light colored sponge & both worked fine for me.
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You can go back over it with a scrub-brush when it is dry, to “soften” it again, but that actually left funny lines in mine, so I would not do that part again. If you are done and it feel hard, just rub vigorously with a dry towel.
This worked really well- the chairs & ottomans looked brand new.
TIP: Buy a VERY BIG bottle of rubbing alcohol and an extra sponge. You will need it!
SOLUTION 2: Washing machine (If you are sure that it is microfiber): Unzip the seat cushions and toss them in the washer. Set the washer cycle to either normal or delicate cycle with Warm water and a bit of detergent, depending on how dirty they are.
When the cycle is completed, toss them in the dryer. Set it to delicate.
Or you could wash them in cold water in the washing machine & let them air dry.
TIME-SAVING TIP: Wash the cushion covers in the washing machine, and wash the rest of the sofa/chairs with the rubbing alcohol.
See Day 33: Organizing kids rooms
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