Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I washed my microfiber couch outside with a hose.

I have to share this because it's probably the craziest thing I've ever done, but it worked and it might work for you too. I decided to actually WASH my couch... like outside, with a hose. I know some people could never do this because the weather will never permit them to be able to dry their couch out in time before mildew sets in, but being in Phoenix and having 110 degree blazing days, I felt pretty confident that it would dry. My husband and sister in law were skeptics. I texted my sister and she's just as nuts as me and said to do it, and so I did. I personally wouldn't do this unless it's a very low humidity day and the sun is super hot.

I was home alone so I didn't have Josh to help me carry the couch out the back patio door, and so inch by inch I pushed the couch outside. I was sweating, a lot, but I did it!

First I soaked everything with a hose. My hose has a bunch of settings so I set it to jet so it would be high pressure. After I soaked it all down, I scrubbed everything down with a scrub brush and a mixture of bleach, dawn, tide, and hot water. Not too much of each, and honestly I eyeballed it. You'd probably skip the bleach if you have a colored couch, but mine is cream and was very dingy, so I was good with using bleach. After I scrubbed everything I rinsed with the hose again on the jet setting and I watched the dirt just spray off. After about 5 hours out in the Phoenix sun, it was dry as a bone and literally looked brand new. My couch was DISGUSTING before. Like, absolutely embarrassing. Especially the arm rests that were used to wipe a little toddler face daily. A combination of scrubbing with the cleaners and good old fashion sun bleaching really did the trick.

I have a real love/hate relationship with this couch. I love the look of it, but holy crap does microfiber stain easily, even from water. I can't really complain though, I got this couch off the side of the road about 5 years ago on base (where we lived). I had some friends over and we all grabbed a corner and walked the couch back to my house. I didn't have a truck and Josh was deployed, oh! and I was pregnant (but that's not really related- just shows you how crazy I am). It's really stood the test of time and now I've brought life back into it with it's outside scrub down.

totally soaking wet and scrubbed down.
Looking new again! Also, no one sit on it please.

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