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Cleaning Micro suede Furniture

By Dr. Laundry May 13, 2010

Q. I am renting a furnished house. It has off-white colored micro suede chairs and a sofa. These are getting a dingy look from everyday wear. I know they are not supposed to get wet to avoid water stains, but is there a way to clean them? I was thinking of trying a Clorox wipe, which wouldn’t get them saturated. Any suggestions?

A. Since you want to avoid water stains, you should be aware that almost any cleaning product that you purchase has water as its #1 ingredient, even Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes. Water is a universal solvent and is the base for laundry and cleaning products.

What you want is something that will remove the dirt, etc without the use of water much like a dry cleaner would use. They would use something that is solvent -based. I found the following website with a couple of ideas:

http://www.cleanyourmicrofiber.com/index.php/Microfiber_Cleaning_Products

Try them out and let me know how it goes!