Cleaning hacks and FibreGuard fabrics: your questions answered
Have you noticed that the internet is full of ‘one cool trick’ guides to cleaning pretty much everything in your home? From using cola to clean your toilet, grapefruit to clean your bathtub, and lemons to clean stainless steel, it’s all there. It feels like every fruit has been pressed into double duty as a cleaning agent, and it’s hard to know even where to begin when you want to clean your home.
It’s because of this information overload that we are frequently asked about using different cleaning hacks on our stain-resistant fabrics, especially when it comes to FibreGuard sofa fabrics. This blog post addresses four aspects of these questions:
- Can I use my own homemade cleaning products on my FibreGuard couch?
- What tools and equipment do I need to clean my FibreGuard couch?
- Can I steam clean FibreGuard fabrics or dry-clean them? Do I need to?
- What about really tough stains like pet urine (it happens!)? How do you get those out of your couch?
Let’s get to it!
Can I use my own homemade cleaning solutions on my FibreGuard couch?
Do you need to brew up your own couch-cleaner for spring-cleaning your living room and FibreGuard fabrics? Simple answer: no.
Longer answer: please, just no, don’t. Seriously.
There are two DIY cleaning solutions that pop up when it comes to lifestyle hacking and upholstery cleaning: vinegar and bleach. Let us be clear: we really hate bleach, and we’ll explain why in just a minute.
First, though, vinegar. This abrasive liquid seems to be everywhere online as household cleaning hack for any surface or application, usually in combination with baking soda. Using vinegar to clean your soft furnishings will infuse your living room with an awful lingering ‘fish and chip shop’ smell that nobody needs in their lives. There are plenty of recipes online for homemade cleaning products and they go something like this:
- A teaspoon of washing-up liquid
- White vinegar
- Baking soda – sprinkling baking soda on your fabric couch and hoovering it up is another piece of much-loved internet advice. Do you need it to clean your FibreGuard couch? No, absolutely not.
- Warm water
FibreGuard fabrics don’t need the extra dubious help that these cleaning hacks offer. Follow the steps in our cleaning guide instead. There are four steps and two of them are ‘use water’.
Why we hate bleach
We strongly advise against using bleach to clean your sofa, no matter whether it’s FibreGuard upholstery or not. Bleach, especially chlorine-based bleach, is hugely toxic to the environment and our own bodies. It is damaging to skin and eyes, which is especially dangerous in family homes with younger children.
As a substance, it’s not even biodegradable, and chlorine-based bleach is also actually banned in the European Union. If left on your skin, bleach can cause irritation and burning, and over a longer period, the chemical can cause permanent tissue damage.
All of our fabrics come with our stamp of approval that they will cause no harm to the environment, or you. Read more about how our fabrics are free of harmful levels of more than 100 substances known to impact human health.
Tools: Do I need a toothbrush to clean FibreGuard fabrics?
We actually have a standard answer for this question it’s so frequently asked:
No, you don’t need special tools to clean our fabrics. All you need is water, a microfibre cloth, and perhaps a small hard bar of white household soap to clean FibreGuard fabrics. We know that there are articles out there online advising that people use household implements like steel wool scrubbing sponges or toothbrushes to deep-clean stubborn stains from fabrics: you don’t need to use harsh items like these on our fabrics. We promise.
With FibreGuard fabrics, we do suggest that all accidental stains are cleaned up as soon as possible, but yes, they will still be removable even if there is some time between messing and cleaning. Please check our cleaning hub for the full story.
Related reading: How to clean a fabric sofa at home
It’s time for a deep clean. Can I steam clean FibreGuard fabrics or dry-clean them? Do I need to?
We’re big fans of the satisfaction we feel when our homes are spick and span. Deep cleaning is one of our favourite activities, to be honest.
You could say it’s our passion.
We’ve tried every deep cleaning trick and tool in the world when we were developing FibreGuard fabrics, and we’re really glad to be sharing them now.
Related reading: Washing fabrics: a functional history and need-to-know facts
People go to great lengths when it comes to deep cleaning their homes. We know people who swear by mixing baking soda and carpet cleaner together to let them work into your couch for half an hour, for example. We realised early on that life would be much easier if you didn’t have to measure out little quantities of household substances to deep-clean your furniture.
That’s why, when it comes to deep cleaning our stain-resistant fabrics, you don’t even need to hire a professional upholstery cleaner. All you need is water, soap and the right technique. If you still feel it’s necessary, you actually can wash our fabrics in a washing machine, generally at 30 degrees Celsius (86ºF). And yes, you can professionally clean our fabrics.
But why would you need to when you can get professional results yourself at home? The FibreGuard stain-resistant properties are permanent through our stain-on-stain technology. This means that they will always be easier to clean than other home furnishing fabrics.
Related reading: What sustainable comfort means to us
Cleaning tougher stains like pet urine from your FibreGuard sofa
Accidental stains happen to everyone, but some stains are harder to clean up than others are. Coffee, pet urine, vomit: we’re all looking pointedly in your direction.
Here are some scenarios we’re prepared for. You might be reading this, sitting right in the middle of one! Your excited dog has peed (again) on your velvet couch. You’ve unintentionally spilled black coffee on your cream-coloured armchair. Ink has accidentally soaked into your pastel-coloured pouf from a leaky pen. Hair products and greasy hair oils have built up to leave a particularly unpleasant stain on your luxurious upholstered headboard or sofa cushions. Your child was taken ill with a sick stomach, right there on the living room couch.
How can you clean up all of these varied stains?
With FibreGuard fabrics, the cleaning ritual is always the same, and it works on all these stains and more. It is good to remember though that immediate stain removal will be less work for you. If however, you don’t get to the stain immediately, it’s still easily cleaned up.
Further reading: What fabrics are best for when you have a dog?
Long-term FibreGuard fabric protection and maintenance
The best thing about our fabrics is that they are durable and reliably cleanable from your first day to years down the line. You don’t need to treat our fabrics at a later date with aftermarket topical cleaning sprays to keep them fresh and clean either.
So what should you do to prevent everyday dirt and grime build-up? It’s easy to freshen up your couch with some pillow-plumping and some spot cleaning (if that’s even necessary).
Over to you
Are you fired up about doing the easiest deep clean of your home that you’ve ever done in your life? Great! Contact us today to get in touch with a distributor.