Try It Before You DIY It: Cleaning Microfiber Cushion Covers

Hello, I’m Dawn and I’m a Pin-a-holic.

I’m so addicted to pinning.  The problem is that while I pin a lot of things, I’ve only tried a few things.

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Enter this blog, and a need for content.  Content that I hope you the readers will find entertaining and useful.  What better tool to get my butt off the couch pinning and actually trying these things out and share them with you?

So…  Welcome to my new feature:

Try It Before You DIY It!

Here is the original Pin for today’s challenge:

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And if you follow the link in that original pin, you come to this wonderful post on Kelly’s blog The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking.  (Sounds like place I should visit more often!)  She got her tips from Chris and Robin’s Nest.

Ok, hopefully I’ve properly identified all the sources for this project.

First, the couch.  We have had our microfiber sectional for 5 years approximately.  It has seen better days.  Between 2 adults, 2 boys, 2 cats and 1 dog, this poor couch is a mess.  Generally, we live with it until the spots get so bad I can’t stand it anymore.  Then I clean it.  I have tried various methods with meh success.  So when I saw this method I was excited to try it.

This particular cushion was the victim of a random dog tinkle.  The tinkle was random, not the dog.  She’s normally not accident prone, so we’re not sure what the problem was, but whatever it was, eww.  So my first line of defense was actually my wonderful bottle of Woolite Pet Urine Eliminator and I sprayed that cushion within an inch of it’s life.

10C1-LI allowed it to soak in really well for about a half an hour and then blotted up what excess moisture remained on top with positive thoughts that it soaked in to the cushion and took care of that as well.  I really like this product and the fact that it uses enzyme action to eliminate the urine and the smell, and the stain – usually.  On the carpet the stains go away.  On the microfiber couch, not so much.

I don’t know who did the actual testing of microfiber to determine it is “kid and pet friendly” but apparently they never met kids and pets like mine.  It is stain resistant, but not very spot resistant.  As in, if you spill something on it, you can get the stain out, but there is going to be a spot where the water dried from cleaning it up.

So once the cushion was dry after eliminating the urine, this is what it looked like:

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I traded tops with a water bottle and stuck it on the alcohol bottle so I could spray.

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I decided to go after the stain in the corner first.  First, I saturated it with alcohol:

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Then I scrubbed it really well with a white bar towel until it was rubbed up good.

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Then, I went back to watching the final episode of Doctor Who with David Tennent.

I’m not going to lie, I ugly cried.  Even after the episode was over.  My husband finally walked in and asked me what I was doing as I stared at the blank screen.
“Crying.”
“Why?”
“The Tenth Doctor regenerated.”
“It happens.”
“I know…  sobsobsobsobsob!”

Once the cushion dried, it looked like this:

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One shiny clean corner!

I continued on with the other stains and the final product looked like this:

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Better!

What sucks is now the rest of the cushion looks icky.  I halfheartedly cleaned it, but not to perfection.  It looks better for sure and I’ll just live with it for now.  I think once it reaches that “I can’t stand this spotty couch anymore!” point, I’m going to try and just throw the covers in washing machine.  I’ve read that others have had good results with that too.  And that sounds a lot less labor intensive.  I’m not big on scrubbing.

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That cushion is defiantly cleaner than the rest of the couch.

And compared to the cushion next to it, it's beautiful!

Definitely going to have to clean the rest of it soon.

So what do you think?  I think it works!  Especially if you have time and energy enough to be ready to clean the whole couch.  I’m not sure it’s ideal to use this method for spot cleaning, but I’ll do it again.  And, I’ll let you know how the washing machine treats them as well.

Do you have any nifty tricks for cleaning household items?  Share them!  And, if you see a pin you’d like me to try for you, let me know and I’ll check it out and let you know if I can do it.

*Quick disclaimer to say that I’ve not been paid to endorse any products featured in this post.

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9 thoughts on “Try It Before You DIY It: Cleaning Microfiber Cushion Covers

  1. I use to toss the cushion covers in the washer and hung them to dry on the old couch.They turned out fine. It wasn’t microfiber. You might want to try a small pillow cover first.

  2. I have a microfiber couch, too, and I totally regret buying it. Yes, it’s nice that it’s almost impossible to stain, but I have a dog who likes to lick her paws a lot, but her aim is terrible and I come home every day to a new water spot on the cushions. *sigh* I also tried the alcohol method to clean it up, and it works really well, but then I have to go and clean the whole thing because I can’t stand just having one really clean spot. :-P

    • I know the feeling. For some reason my dog was really drooly today. She is an English Bulldog and they are known to do that, but she rarely does. Today, it was like a leaky faucet. I finally put a towel under her to catch it all. So I think this weekend I’m going to pull they off and run them through the washing machine.

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