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Friday, October 20, 2006

The Power of Orange Crayons

Dear Sir/Madam,

This is a love note.



We love you for having invented microfiber.

We are slacker people who have been known to eat on the sofa. We even had a child that would make lesser upholstery weep. While we had every intention of always closely supervising crayon usage, our child is manipulative (like us) and hides instruments of an artistic bent in unknown quarters (like me.) A wet rag, while impossible at a party, was the partner who made our gorgeous furniture new again.

Thank you for microfiber. It was harder to clean the crayon off the TV than the ottoman. J wants to know if you can make a TV out of microfiber. Also, a shower.

J's mom made a disapproving face when we told her the (then) new furniture was 1.) beige 2.) microfiber. See? Who is laughing now? We are. At you. (Kind of, we don't want Thanksgiving to be weird.)

If you know the people over at Magic Eraser, would you tell them thanks, too? Off the windowsill, the office door, the coffee table, eraser does it all (even if it is generic Target brand.)

Your friends,

The Sugar Crew



p.s. Just because we've had two housekeeping posts in a row does not mean this is turning into a housekeeping blog. We are opposed to housekeeping in general and merely tolerate societal pressure to create a 'livable' environment (and by societal pressure, we mean Nana Azucar.) We will continue to bring you the inanity of our collective lives, because we know we're just that interesting.





--Update 11/2/2009--
This post gets a lot of spam comments so I'm disabling them for the moment. I've loved getting your feedback over the years with how this post has helped you out of a microfiber bind, but I despise spam more. Kisses --A.

20 comments:

Bek said...

CARINA!!!!!

I haven't even attempted the magic eraser b/c I know the coloring is far from over. You should see my walls!!! I will wait until he is three and just do it once!!

This is me said...

Thanks for the tip. I will remember microfiber the next time I am out furniture shopping. For now, we opted for the oh so less attractive slipcover. At least I can just pull it off and throw it in the washer and dryer!

Recently my husband, in attempting to relate a funny story to a friend, drew a picture of male genitalia (don't ask) on our white refrigerator with a dry erase marker. Well, it didn't erase. I used about 6 different cleaning products and the Magic Eraser helped the most, with a chaser of Comet and some elbow grease to finish off the job. You can still see it if you squint really hard, though. More than a little embarrassing.

Maybe you can ask them if they can also do refrigerators in microfiber after they tackle the tv and shower. Thanks!

Azúcar said...

The eraser is so easy that J now makes El Guille clean up his own adventures on hard surfaces. I can just imagine how well that would go over with Cubby...

I used a little Woolite (generic, natch) dissolved in a couple cups of warm water for the ottoman. I didn't even have to scrub, just pass the rag over. Marvelous! Wonderful! I think I should reward myself (for being so clever as to buy microfiber) by getting another helping of apple crisp and watching Battlestar Galactica.

Emmie said...

I covet microfiber furniture. My sister has a microfiber couch and loveseat, and they are AMAZING. They still look new after 6 years and one toddler. I've looked for such furniture in our price range, but alas, everything in California costs 9 million dollars (plus tax).

Azúcar said...

You need to find a place near you that sells Palliser brand. It's inexpensive and you can custom order the color of your microfiber. I found mine through SLC's Manhattan Loft.

I love that story of the fridge.

more caffeine, please said...

We loved our microfiber sectional. So did CJ's markers:

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/2910/1396/1600/Oct_05%20071.jpg

Bek said...

We are getting rid of our ultra modern, super cool green tuxedo arm sofas (they are made of chenille and have no pillows...my kids have burst every seam...EVERY ONE). They didn't last 4 months here. I need new stuff that is nice looking, doesn't show wear and is easy to clean (baby throw up, crayons/markers, diet coke..)

Is Mircro Fiber the fabric for me? I wouldn't have thought of it but I may be convinced.....

I LOVE the fridge story. I was trying to think of other things he could add to the picture that sould disquise what it was...:-)

Azúcar said...

Oh MCP, I knew there was a reason we haven't bought markers yet.

Bek- you definitely want to think about a quality microfiber sofa. Tiff-fi-fay went through a store that also gave her some protectant (I think she paid like 100 bucks or something) and if you can't get out the stain they will send someone out or replace the cushion. I admit that my pieces were cheaper in price and in construction, but the fabric is wearing really well (when I bother to clean it.) I have also used a small brush when cleaning to raise the nap of the suede-like fabric again.

wendysue said...

Magic Eraser and DVR, they will change your life. . . .

p.s. Didn't ~j. say that about the DVR, or is my mind wandering again???

Kiki said...

The title of this post just clicked with me, and it makes me smile.

compulsive writer said...

Here's a question. Do you think microfiber would hold up against being repeatedly stabbed in the arm with a ball-point pen any better than my brand new leather recliner did?

(I once wrote an entire post about Magic Eraser. I love it. Even better the idea the kids have to use it themselves.)

Azúcar said...

No, CW, no I do not. I would have criiiiied.

The best part about being slightly lazy parents is that we make our kid clean and pick up (as age appropriate) and it's not considered laziness on our part, it's character building!

Kiki, it's about time.

LuckyRedHen said...

I like the household tips --- Ben thinks my time reading blogs is actually useful now ;o)

compulsive writer said...
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compulsive writer said...

You know what's sad? I still run my fingers across it and try to tell myself it will grow back..

Julie said...

The men in my family build custom kitchen cabinets. On one set of cabinets that they installed, there was a panel that ended up with a grain pattern that looked like male genitalia. That panel ended up on the end of the top cabinet next to the kitchen sink. Talk about four-play starting in the kitchen!

That fridge story is CLASSIC! I'd love to see what happened if they ever sold it. Would the new owner ever see it? What would they think? Would they even want to use the fridge for storing food? Hmmmmm.

La Yen said...

That is why I love the leather, too. BEtween Clorok wipes and the eraser-de-magic I have been able to get my butter-yellow leather sofa clean from ballpoint pen (not holes, sorry CW), crayon, and when W's sister dyed her hair bright red and then fell asleep on the couch before she had properly rinsed it out. Next couch will be leather or microfiber. And the next. And the carpet. And the tile.

Jen said...

I just found this blog from doing a google search. My son just colored all over our brand new microfiber couch. I had no idea how to get it out and didn't want to just start using chemicals. But plain old water and a rag worked great! Thanks for bloggin!

dk0504 said...

thank goodness i found your blog. my 2 1/2 yr old used a green crayon over our new microfiber also. the water and rag did the trick. phew!

Azúcar said...

I'm so glad you've found this post useful. I will say that if water and a rag won't work, do dissolve a little woolite or other fabric detergent in the water and the solution should work.