How to Clean a Microsuede Recliner: The Ultimate Guide

One of the most common questions we get in our furniture cleaning business is how to clean a microsuede recliner. It is easy to understand why people are so interested in how to clean their microsuede recliner, as they take a lot of abuse and many people don’t know how well they can be cleaned.

In this blog post, you will find everything you need to know about how to clean your microsuede recliner including how often you should do it, what products work best on them, and more!

how to clean a microsuede recliner


Steps on Cleaning a Microsuede Recliner

Step 1. Determine how often to clean your microsuede recliner. Some people may choose to do it once a month, while others only have the time or money for annual cleaning sessions. The frequency of how often you need to go through this process will depend on how much use and abuse your piece of furniture gets (i.e. how often you use it and how dirty your household is).

Step 2. Fill a bucket with water, mix in some cleaning product such as detergent or dish soap, and set the recliner outside to get wet.

Step 3. Rinse out any dirt that may have collected on the piece of furniture by scrubbing vigorously through all areas with a sponge or towel.

Step 4. Use an upholstery shampooer to clean the recliner and help remove any stains that may have accumulated over time. Fill it with water, mix in shampoo (or another applicable cleaner), place the piece of furniture on its side, then turn on the machine so it can get sudsy for cleaning.

Step 5. After the piece of furniture has been shampooed, rinse it off with water. Allow the recliner to dry before sitting on or using it again.


How to Prevent Dirt on a Microsuede Recliner

#1. Use a good quality vacuum cleaner to clean the surface of the piece of furniture on a regular basis.

#2. Vacuum any loose dirt that may have been accumulated between couch cushions and seat backs, as well as upholstery seams.

#3. Clean off any spills right away with water or alcohol if they are non-greasy to prevent them from seeping into the fabric.

#4. Remove spots and stains by using a gentle, greaseless soap (like Woolite) on an inconspicuous area of the microsuede furniture first before cleaning it thoroughly with a damp cloth or sponge.

#5. Do not use any chemical cleaners that may damage the surface of your microsuede furniture.

#6. Sitting on a dry recliner to restore its shape after cleaning may cause dirt and dust to accumulate in the fabric, so you must allow it to air dry before sitting on or using it again.

#7. Do not use any synthetic solvents like turpentine, paint thinner or mineral spirits on the microsuede fabric.

#8. If you have stains that will not come out using soap and water, try a product called Oxygen Cleaning Powder.

#9. Only use warm to hot water when cleaning your upholstery as cold water can shrink fabrics fibers.

#10. To avoid any possible color fading, it’s best to avoid direct contact with water.

It is not recommended that you use a vacuum cleaner on microsuede furniture because the bristles can cause damage. After cleaning your recliner, it should be left in an open area to dry and air out for at least 24 hours before being used again.

If you are using the recliner in a brightly lit area, it is recommended that you use protective furniture covers to protect against UV damage and fading.


What is Microsuede Recliner?

A microsuede recliner is a type of furniture that is upholstered in either polyester or cotton with fibers that are no longer than three inches.  The fabric has an appearance and feels similar to suede, but it can be cleaned more easily because the surface is not as delicate. Although they’re often thought of as being wool, microsuede is actually a man-made fabric.


What Causes the Microsuede to Stain?

One of the most common reasons for staining on a microsuede recliner will be from spills of water or other fluids. Although it’s easy to clean up with household detergents, there are some other things to consider about how you clean.


How to Preserve a Microsuede Recliner to Last Longer

Use a white towel to blot up as much of the spill from your microsuede recliner before using water or cleaning agents.  – Avoid rubbing, scrubbing, and applying too much pressure when you are trying to remove stains on your fabric. This can cause irreversible damage that removes the wool fibers and causes them to fray.

Avoid using bleach or any harsh chemicals to clean. This can cause irreversible damage that removes the wool fibers and causes them to fray.

When you’re trying to remove a stain, use cold water if possible because it won’t create additional heat which will make the fabric more difficult to dry.  – Fill up your sink with warm water and add a few drops of dish soap or laundry detergent to create suds.

Use white vinegar diluted with water if you want an acidic cleaner that is non-toxic and has no odor.


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