Decontaminating a microfiber suede couch from the flu virus?
January 6, 2012 2:00 PM Subscribe
How to decontaminate a microfiber suede couch from the flu virus?
posted by Jacqueline to Health & Fitness (14 answers total)
I have been staying with a very sweet and generous friend while moving. However, I have been very ill since Monday with what I am 99% sure is the flu. I am feeling a little better today but the CDC website says that I can remain contagious for up to a week after recovery, and the virus can live on surfaces I've touched for several days as well.
Problem: My friend has NOT had the flu shot and needs to save all her sick days for her migraines. So I am leaving to stay elsewhere until I've fully recovered and am out of the contagious period.
Fortunately, I've pretty much been an unconcious lump on her couch all week so I haven't contaminated too much of her house. Bagging up my bedding is fairly straightforward.
But what of the couch I've been sleeping on? Is there an anti-viral cleaning product that is safe on microfiber suede, or do we have to cover it up for a week? If the latter, what sort of material would make an adequate cover? I don't want her and her guests to have to avoid her living room because of the "plague couch" for the next week.
Any advice appreciated.