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Upholstered furniture gets dirty with everyday use and needs regular cleaning if you want to enjoy it for longer, right? And that’s not all. By removing stains, oily marks, dust, pet hair, crumbs and debris from your fabric furniture, you’ll ensure that your entire home is cleaner and more presentable, as well as the indoor air is of better quality.
Whether we are talking about your comfy sofa or upholstered dining room chairs, fabric furniture pieces need maintenance and regular care. So, with this guide, we’ll help you learn how to clean your upholstered chairs (and other soft pieces if you like) with tools and ingredients that you usually have lying around at home.
After all, not everyone has professional cleaning equipment, like a steam cleaner, at their disposal, so let’s see what DIY techniques are out there that you can use to achieve your goal.
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First and foremost, you need to make sure that the material of your fabric chairs can be cleaned safely, without the risk of damaging it. So, do check the label for helpful instructions. You see, most synthetic upholstery fabrics can withstand wet-cleaning techniques, while some expensive natural textiles, like silk or suede, can be easily ruined if you use water to clean them.
Therefore, if you see W on the label, the symbol indicates that you can apply moisture and water-based cleaning solutions, whereas the letters X (vacuuming only) and S (solvent-based cleaners) will be warning you to refrain from applying water on the fabric. Note that the S/W sign stands for solvent- and water-based cleaning methods being both safe to apply.
Taking into consideration that you’ve checked the manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean your particular upholstered chairs, we share below a list of some common cleaning solutions and tools that you can use if the sitting pieces don’t require some special care.
You may need to use only some of these, of course, and it will all depend on how dirty the fabric chairs are, the types of stains you need to remove and the type of material the chairs are upholstered with.
Now, read on to see the exact steps you should follow to make your fabric chairs grime-free again in no time.
Use suitable attachments with your vacuum cleaner to remove dust and hidden debris from your upholstered chairs. Crumbs, fluff and hard particles can easily settle in between the seat and back of some dining chair models.
Also, you’ll be surprised, but over time, tiny house spiders can make their webs underside of seats, as one often neglects to check and clean these areas during their regular vacuuming of the house. Do be careful with some potentially venomous species, like the Funnel-web spider, which can be found in Australia.
Dining and kitchen upholstered chairs are prone to stains, of course, so inspect the fabric of yours closely and prepare to clean them. We’ll cover below a few common cleaning solutions that you can use.
Naturally, if the material your sitting furniture is made of doesn’t allow applying those, follow the label instructions and don’t risk causing more harm than good. You can confidently use the below-listed methods and upholstery stain removers on synthetic and mixed-fibre textile materials.
If the fabric is suitable to be cleaned by using water, you can wash your upholstered chairs or other types of soft furniture with diluted liquid soap once or twice a year, even if the pieces don’t really have a visible stain. This will refresh their look, make the fabric colours brighter and eliminate any lingering stale smells, too. This is what you need to do:
You can start with placing and holding some paper towels on the freshly washed upholstered part of your chairs so that the moisture gets absorbed as much as possible. Repeat this a couple of times.
To speed up the drying process even further, you can use a hairdryer for the task. If you’re not in a great hurry to use your fabric chairs after they have been cleaned, simply turn on a heater or a fan in the room, or open a window or two for better ventilation.
Last but not least, if it’s nice and sunny outside, take your upholstered chairs out in the garden or on the balcony and let the sun do the job for you.
You can do so much to minimise the need to clean your fabric chairs too often. After all, the task of treating stains is not only time consuming but the process can increase the risk of damaging your upholstery if you use the wrong product for the type of stain and the material your chair is made of. So, it makes sense if you take some steps to prevent spillage accidents from turning into hard-to-remove spots.
Let’s see below what you can do to protect your fabric chairs!
No, we don’t advise you to cover your beautiful dining chairs in cheap removable covers at all times and hide the original upholstery material. We know! You’ve purchased your upholstered chairs to go with your nice wooden dining table, right? So, the idea is to protect your chairs only when in use during meal times, for instance, especially if you have a brood, consisting of small children. You can make an exception to this rule when you’re hosting a dinner party for some dear guests.
Most upholstery stain protectors are designed to keep stains at bay for months ahead. So, choose a product that can be applied on your particular fabric chairs and you’ll see how the transparent thin film will make cleaning maintenance easier in the event of spilt beverages or dropped food on the fabric seats.
Well, having baby wipes at home, which contain no alcohol or harsh chemicals, even if you don’t have young kids, can save the day every time a fresh stain appears on your upholstered furniture. Wiping a spillage, a mark or a spot, as soon as it occurs, will prevent it from turning into a stain that is hard to remove at a later point.
This could be anything, from not leaving open bottles on the dining table unattended so that your lovely cat can just knock one over out of boredom to not allowing your toddler to draw with a permanent marker around your furniture, for example. In other words, protect your investment by preventing accidents from happening.
Well, sometimes, no matter what you try to clean your stained fabric chairs, the results are simply far from satisfying. In such a case, you better call in a professional upholstery cleaner, who knows what they’re doing and has the right equipment for the job.
You see, the hot water extraction upholstery cleaning method (also, known as steam cleaning) is superior to any DIY technique. It sufficiently removes bacteria and allergens, like pollen, mould, pet dander and the likes, from synthetic and mixed-fibre textile materials, as well as eliminates old stubborn stains.
Fantastic Services specialises in upholstery cleaning services, performed by skilled and experienced cleaning specialists. So, don’t hesitate to contact us if you need assistance!
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Have you managed to clean any stubborn stains from your upholstered chairs? Then, share your experience and tips with our readers in the comments below!