How to Remove Ink from Microfiber Furniture

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Microfiber furniture is sometimes called microsuede because of its suede-like appearance. Unlike suede, this fabric is uncomplicated to clean and maintain. The microfiber fabric is durable, stain-resistant and looks attractive for many years if cared for properly. Liquids bead up on the stain-resistant fabric, giving you time to blot them up quickly before a stain sets. At other times, stains cannot be wiped away without using a cleaning method, such as when you drop an ink pen and it leaves an unsightly mark. Cleaning the stain immediately garners the best results.

Things You'll Need

  • Medium-size bowl
  • Mild dishwashing soap or quality powdered laundry detergent
  • Sponge
  • Rubber gloves
  • Dry-cleaning solvent
  • Fine-tooth comb (optional)
  • Mix 1 tsp. of a mild detergent, such as dishwashing liquid or a quality laundry detergent without bleach, in 1 pint of cold water.

  • Dip a clean sponge into the cleaning solution and wring the sponge so it is not dripping. Apply the cleaning solution to the stain with the sponge.

  • Wait about 30 seconds for the cleaning solution to work, then blot the stain well with the sponge. Rinse the spot with cold water and the sponge. Allow it to dry completely to see if the stain disappears.

  • Open a window to ventilate the room if the ink stain did not come clean once the area dried.

  • Put on rubber gloves. Dip a clean section of the sponge into dry-cleaning solvent. Squeeze out the sponge so that it doesn't drip.

  • Blot the ink stain with the sponge and allow the solvent to dissolve the ink for about 30 seconds. Dab the sponge onto the area to remove the ink stain.

  • Wet a clean section of the sponge with cool water. Rinse the area well with the sponge by blotting it repeatedly. Allow the microfiber furniture to dry thoroughly. Reapply the dry-cleaning solvent if the ink has not been removed.

Tips & Warnings

  • After cleaning the microfiber, the area may feel stiff. If this happens, run a fine-tooth comb over the fibers to make them soft again.

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