So, this seems an appropriate topic to follow up the Spring Cleaning Challenge, eh?
Any mama knows how even the most careful child can destroy something with a little juice or a granola bar in under six seconds. It’s like it’s in their blood. Because of this, most of us just give in, accept that we can’t have nice things for awhile, & let them do what they do (for the most part). That’s kind of the camp I’m in. But at the same time, I deserve nice things! Or at least a couch that doesn’t look like it’s stewing in 7 different liquids & who knows what else!
So, I got fed up one day – & by fed up I guess I just mean completely & utterly disgusted & set out to find a way to undo the weeks of water, juice, & the ONE milk spot that’s been driving me crazy on our microfiber couch.
After some research, I found out through the Google that this was a super simple & cheap fix! Little things like that excite me – sadly – so I got down to business right away.
First of all, a repulsive before shot. In my defense, the picture made it look worse than it was. Still gross, but not AS gross. Anyway, I grabbed my trusty bottle of rubbing alcohol – got REAL excited when my spray nozzle fit right on the actual bottle! – & got down to business.
Ugh, major heebs. Using a white rag was a little fun too, in the way that it showed me how much gunk I was getting up…
…and I had no idea there was green marker anywhere.
But, behold – the AFTERS!
Both the ottoman & couch cushion were still wet when I took these, but they even dried quickly. I am still so amazed by this!!
All I needed was a bottle of Isopropyl Alcohol, rags, & a brush to “fluff” the fibers after it dried.
Step by step, here’s what I did:
1. Evenly “soak” the cushion with the alcohol. I say soak, but I really just mean cover the whole thing enough that you can scrub it.
2. Grab your rag & start scrubbing the funk away.
3. Let dry.
4. Brush/fluff up with a stiffer bristled brush when completely dry.
And that is it! I did however test a small, inconspicuous spot with the alcohol first, to make sure it didn’t do anything weird to the color. It didn’t, but I’d recommend trying that too before you start, just in case!
I am so beyond excited about this. I’m actually looking forward to finishing up the rest of the couch!
And honestly, I’m sure in a few weeks I’ll be back to doing it again….sippie cups be damned. At least now I know it will only take a few minutes of my time to have our couch looking brand spanking new next time!