We received a call from a client in South Yarra for upholstery cleaning. One two seater micro-suede red couch and one micro-suede red armchair. The condition of the fabric was upon closer inspection
“heavily” soiled. Micro suede is stain resistant and durable. Basically it is the cheaper, softer and more pliable version of suede. The condition of the fabric was still good as can be expected with micro suede. It holds up to wear and tear. Another important point is its resistance to wrinkles, making the hot water extraction process a little easier.
How to Clean Micro Suede
Most polyester cleaners can be used to clean micro suede. Rubbing alcohols or clear alcohols like vodka can also be used. Be sure to only use a small amount at a time. Also the fabric must dry completely between each cleaning attempt. Water left in the material can damage the micro suede.
Locate where the odor is on the fabric. Carefully sprinkle baking soda on the fabric to help eliminate the odor. These odors will usually come from stains.
KnuWhizz Cleaning Method
First we located the most heavily soiled areas:- these were the armrests and bigger cushions on both the armchair and couch. A small protein binding chemical was sprayed onto these heavily soiled
areas. This chemical is designed specifically to help loosen and remove body oils.
Second we used a small soft bristled brush and agitated the protein spotter. After a few minutes we continued on by pre-spraying the entire couch and armchair with our man-made polyester fabric chemical. The heavily soiled areas were sprayed with higher concentrations to help loosen heavy soil buildups.
Next we allowed the pre-spray chemicals and spotter chemicals to soak into the fabric. This is called dwell time and can last between 5 minutes or 15 minutes.
Our next process in upholstery cleaning involved hot water extraction. A small upholstery hand tool is used to spray low pressure water over the fabric then vacuum it up. Care must be taken not to damage the material and also not leave any water on it. Micro suede does not do well when water is left on it.
It is prone to stain.
The images below are from the before and after shots of the furniture. As you can see the differences are remarkable! The couch and armchair were some of the most dirty furniture that we have encountered.