Microsuede - Why It Stands The Test Of Time.

Though some prefer leather or a faux fur over Microsuede, they may not understand all of its extraordinary properties.  Microsuede was designed to be a unique blend of a fabric that is wear-resistant, pet-friendly, stain-proof, inexpensive, soft, and easy-to-care-for.  When considering the best fabric for our items, in particular, it is very hard to go past these qualities.  Few fabrics offer the same kind of comfort and durability as Microsuede.  That's why our core fabric options are Microsuede and Plushsuede.

When was Microsuede invented?

Microsuede was invented in 1970. Originally it was patented as "Ultrasuede" and was very expensive.  In 1990 the patent expired and various - more affordable - options were made available. 

What is "Microsuede"?

Microsuede is a notable man-made fabric with wonderful properties.  It's made of millions of micro-denier pure polyester fibres.  It feels soft under-hand like a natural suede leather, but has none of leather's flaws (requiring conditioner, scratches easily, doesn't breathe). 

What is Denier?

Denier is a unit of measurement that is used to determine the fibre thickness of individual threads or filaments used in the creation of textiles and fabrics. Fabrics with a high denier count tend to be thick, sturdy, and durable. Fabrics with a low denier count tend to be sheer, soft, and silky.

Advantages of Microsuede?

  • Stain-proof and machine-washable.  It's one of the easiest fabrics to keep clean.  It resists odor and liquid absorption which helps prevent permanent staining.
  • Shrink-resistant.
  • Pet-friendly.
  • Breathable.
  • Resistant to clinging and piling.
  • Feels soft against the skin - like a silky suede.
  • Affordable.  Less expensive than leather or linen and easier to maintain.  Less expensive than cotton and a stronger more durable fiber.
  • Pliable but very tough.  It is not easy to tear or scar.
  • Microsuede and Plushsuede can soften further over time.
  • Available in hundreds of colours and hues.

Disadvantages of Microsuede?

  • It can generate static.  With regards to our items, the Sac will need to be turned and fluffed in order to maintain it's shape and ultimate comfort.  If the item is on carpet, this can generate some static.  *Tip* rub the item over with a dryer sheet to remove the static.

How is Microsuede Pet Friendly?

  • As Microsuede is a non-woven construction, it is essentially pet-friendly as it doesn't have "loops" in the fabric which can "trigger" cats' clawing.
  • Instead of having a loose fiber construction, it is smooth and therefore difficult for pet hair to get knotted into.
  • Though the surface direction of the fabric alters, Microsuede is a difficult fabric to scratch or mark.  This means random pet scratches are unlikely to scar the fabric. 

Remember, a determined pet will scratch or chew almost anything.  Knowing your animal is key.  Leave your pet unsupervised at your own discretion.

Microsuede can soften with washing and brushing.

Microsuede covers are machine washable.  Add a little fabric softener to each wash and it will add to its softness.  Over time it will begin to feel like your favourite t-shirt.  You can also restore its silky nap (fuzziness) by buffing the fabric with a medium bristled brush.

Microsuede Care Instructions:

Upkeep:

To restore the soft nap and luster of your Microsuede cover, give it a quick once-over with a medium bristled brush or a lint brush.

Dusting:

To pick up dust, softly vacuum the cover. Then pat it gently with a well-wrung damp cloth. Use a lint roller to remove pet hair.

Small Marks:

Use baby wipes to remove small marks by spotting the area using a light dabbing and twisting motion.

Microsuede Cleaning Instructions:

Spills and stains usually disappear with a gentle dab of a cloth dampened in lukewarm water.  A light twisting action while dabbing can help to release the stain from the fabric.

Can Microsuede Be Machine-Washed?

Yes, Microsuedes are machine-washable. Don't use bleach. Use cold water, not hot. Line dry, so the cover retains its shape. Don't tumble dry. Microsuede can be dry-cleaned too.

Immediate spills?

  1. Remove cover or place a towel between the Insert and Cover - under the affected area - while you operate.
  2. Apply paper towel to absorb excess liquid.
  3. Soak in mild detergent and lukewarm water.
  4. Rub gently in a circular motion with a sponge. 
  5. Use a soft brush to help comb the spill through the fibres.
  6. Pat dry after cleaning.
  7. If anything remains, machine wash (as above).

Dried stains?

  1. Remove Cover or place a towel between the Insert and Cover - under the affected area - while you operate.
  2. Gently brush the stained area first. 
  3. Vacuum up any dried residue.
  4. Use a well-wrung, clean cloth, dampened in lukewarm water. Wipe the stained area outside. Rub very softly in a circular motion. After you're done, remove the paper toweling.
  5. Allow to dry.
  6. If the Microsuede's nap looks threadbare, brush it gently with a medium bristled brush to recover the softness.

Oil-based stains?

  1. Remove the Cover.  
  2. Clear a table.
  3. Place the cover face up on a table with a towel underneath the affected area. Soak and wipe up as much of the oil or grease as possible with paper towels.  Try not to spread the stain.
  4. Using a clean rag, soak it in ethyl (rubbing alcohol), then begin to dab the affected area.  Try not to "wipe" or you may spread the stain.
  5. Pat the area with paper towel to lift the stain off.
  6. Repeat if necessary.
  7. Then once the stain has lifted machine wash - (see above).

*Tips* 

  • Use the rubbing alcohol in a well-ventilated area, away from a naked flame.
  • Never pour cleaning solutions directly onto Microsuede.
  • Use a hair-dryer on a medium setting to dry an affected area after spot cleaning.
  • If you prefer an alternative natural cleaning solution, we strongly recommend using products that contain Eucalyptus oil and/or other essential oil solutions. Don't know how to find them?  Making your own is easy and cost effective - long term.  Here's a couple sources:  Aromahead Institute & Our Oily House

Wax and chewing-gum spots?

Put several ice cubes in a zip-lock bag & hold it firmly on the affected area. Once the wax or gum hardens, gently chip or scrape it away with a butter knife.  A moistened cloth moistened with ethyl alcohol will help remove the remaining stain from the fabric.

Simple guide to treating different stains:

TYPE OF STAIN MILD DETERGENT MILD CLEANING FLUID
Tomato Sauce X
Milk X
Coffee/Tea X
Red Wine/Liquor X
Coke/Soft Drinks X
Steak / Soy Sauce X X
Chocolate X X
Mayonnaise/Butter X X
Salad Oil X X
Face Cream/Skin Care X X
Lipstick X X
Suntan Oil X X
Shoe Polish X X
Machine Oil  X

 

What do customers say about microsuede?

They love it because it's kid and pet-friendly.  They love that it feels cozy in the winter, and dry & cool in the summer.  They say they like the soft, sensuous feeling of the suede on their skin.

What's our verdict?

We consider Microsuede - and its cousin Plushsuede - to be the superior fabric when choosing a cover for your Le Sac.  They're user-friendly, look great, feel great, and almost any stain can be removed.

 


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