Microfiber Sofas - What is it?

Microfiber cleaning and care

Microfiber sofas

Microfiber sofas are constructed out of a specially designed, commercial grade fabric that is designed to be as durable as it is attractive. In addition to being fine and silky to the touch, microfiber fabrics are also exceptionally easy to clean, making them perfect for use in the manufacture of sofas and other household furniture.

What is Microfiber?

Microfiber strands are far smaller than the strands found in traditional man made fibers. A single microfiber is usually up to ten times finer than a fiber of silk and up to forty times finer than a single fiber of wool. Due to the fact that microfibers are so incredibly fine, they can be packed tightly together with the result that microfiber fabrics are both more luxuriant and richer in color than traditional fabrics.

The true beauty of microfiber fabrics lies in their resiliency and resistance to abrasion. Those worn patches commonly appearing on the seats of cotton and leather couches hardly ever feature on microfiber sofas. Microfiber fabrics are also less absorbent than other commonly used fabrics such as leather and wool. This results in microfiber sofas offering increased resistance to stains, water marks and discoloration.

A Wealth of Choice

In recent years Microfiber has gone form strength to strength and today customers can choose anything from sectional to reclining sofas. And the decisions don't stop there; with such an array of colors to choose form (covering the entire spectrum) you're bound to find something tailored to your taste and budget.

For a long time microfiber furniture was seen as inferior to natural alternatives, but opinions are quickly shifting. In the fast paced world in which we live, convenience is fast becoming one of the most important considerations behind our purchases. Microfiber sofas offer an attractive alternative to leather couches and other natural fabric couches. While it is true that microfiber couches are sometimes slightly more costly than natural fiber options, these days most people are more than willing to pay the price for the improved convenience, quality and resilience that they offer. So next time you're out sofa hunting, bypass the leather and head straight for the microfiber section. Chances are good that you'll be pleasantly surprised by what you can find.

Cleaning and Care

Unlike suede and leather sofas, microfiber sofas are usually quick and easy to clean. In most cases, a brush or vacuum cleaner can be used to remove dirt and dust, while a simple solution of warm water and a mild, colorless soap can be used to remove stains. Little care needs to be taken with drying, as fabrics dry quickly in open air. Possibly the one and only disadvantage to microfiber fabrics is there sensitivity to heat. Because they are so incredibly fine, they are easily penetrated by heat and can quickly be warped and damaged by high temperatures. Ensure that microfiber couches are placed out of direct sunlight and away from appliances such as warming drawers and heaters.

Widely used microfibers include polyester, nylon and acrylics. Due to their strength and durability, microfiber fabrics are well suited to abrasive finishing techniques such as sandwashing, brushing and distressing techniques. As a result, microfiber couches may initially appear to be covered in suede or silk rather than a synthetic material.


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