If your kids are like normal kids, then your furniture probably starts to look something like this before you can even blink
I can't even believe looking at these pictures that I actually let it get this bad, and that I would actually have company over sitting on these! ahhh, bad housekeeper over here. Well I finally saw past my kids, and realized what had become of my sitting area. So off to work I went. I started with some cleaners I had in my cupboard.
I started with some EcoFresh Deodorizing Cleaner. It didn't seem to be doing much. So I pulled out my - 1 time purchase from a door to door salesman - Original Lavender Advanage The Wonder Cleaner Super Concentrated. The claim was that it gets grease stains out like magic! Too bad it doesn't take pen stains out of microfiber, because that would be a wonder. Admittedly, it did lighten the pen, it just didn't come all the way out.
My next method of attack was removing the covers from the seat cushions. I threw the covers in the wash on Heavy soiled, high spin, warm water. YES! Ok, again the pen didn't come out completely, but everything else did, and they look so much better!
Here is my #1 tip for Microfiber furniture - Buy pieces that have a zipper cover. I wish the back cushions were removable for the same reason, but I guess I'll just have to spot clean them.
After going through the wash here is what my couch now looks like
Isn't she a beauty? ok I did just realize the cushion with pen was put on the other side, but you see the difference on the middle cushion? No more dark marks all over it. Absolutely wonderful to sit on! And really the cushion with the pen isn't nearly as noticeable.
So off to the arm and back cushions I went. I headed to pinterest for ideas. The one "solution" I saw over and over again was Rubbing Alcohol. You take a white sponge (to avoid discoloration of your couch) and scrub the couch with rubbing alcohol.
I didn't have a white sponge, but I had some old green sponges that went to one of those dish scrubbers. They were brand new, but I had lost the scrubber somewhere along the line. I tested it out first just to make sure the green sponge was going to turn my couch green. it didn't, so off to scrubbing I went. Again, the alcohol helped lighten the pen marks, but didn't take them completely away. The rest of the arm looks nicer now though.
#2 Tip when cleaning Microfiber - if you can't remove the cushions, do not spot treat. You will need to wet your whole cushion to avoid leaving water marks. It's more work, but it will be for nothing if you end up with large water marks all over your couch.
Good luck and Happy Cleaning!
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