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Easily Clean Your Fabric Chairs

Cleaning fabric chairs can seem impossible. But in this blog, we discuss easy tips and tricks to keep your chairs looking fresh.

The wear and tear on upholstery is significant. One minute, your soft furnishings are pristine, the next they are looking old and jaded, with food and drink stains not helping their overall appearance.

The problem with marks, scuffs and stains are that they not only make the item look tired, but it can also hasten the demise of the fabric upholstery. But we have some hints and tips up our sleeve that make cleaning your chairs easier…

#1 Cold water, detergent and a clean cloth

The first thing about cleaning upholstery clean is that sometimes, the simplest tried and tested methods work the best.

Before you start the wet cleaning process, you need to give the armchair or sofa a really good vacuum, using the upholstery cleaning nozzle that is supplied with most vacuums.

Before you start dabbing and rubbing with water or detergent, you need to ensure that all debris is lifted.

If you start rubbing and there is debris on the fabric, you could wear a hole in it or damage the weave of the fabric.

For small stains or ones that are recent, use a damp, clean cloth and a gentle detergent to lift the stain. But don’t rub the stain, blot it. It’ll take time but eventually, the stain will lift.

Essential tip – BEFORE you start blotting the stain with water or any chemical, test a small piece of fabric in an unseen part of the item. The colour could lift with the water or the chemical could be too harsh.

#2 Try steam

Again, you will need to check the manufacturer’s instructions and test on a small piece beforehand but some of the handheld steam cleaners can be fantastic for getting stubborn stains out of fabric tub chairs, sofas and the like.

Give the item a good vacuum before you start and then using a gentle steam setting, use it against the stain.

You may find that you need to do this a couple of times. Allow the area to dry in-between steaming sessions. Don’t rub the stain as this could grind it into the fabric even more.

Steam helps to break down some chemicals, especially fats and grease thus making a great job of lifting out some stains.

#3 Use a specific upholstery cleaning product

When water nor steam will shift it, it is time to bring out the big guns when it comes to stain removal on upholstery – and that means choosing a specific upholstery cleaner.

ALWAYS TEST A SMALL PATCH and check that the instructions allow for the use of chemicals on the fabric. Always follow the manufacturer instructions of the product too as using too much can damage the fabric and bleach the colour.

#4 Rinse and repeat

Many people often miss out this stage, assuming that one clean will do it all but, if you have a stubborn stain on your sofa and matching fabric tub chairs, you will need to repeat the process of cleaning the stain.

Once you have used the cleaner, rinse the area well allowing it to dry. If the stain is still there, you will need to perform his process again.

#5 Dry clean or wash the covers

It may be that your local dry cleaners could do all the hard work for you. Check the label for instructions. Some loose covers can also be washed at a cool temperature with a little detergent. The only problem with this is that it could slightly lift the colour, leaving your cushion covers a lighter shade than the rest of the sofa.

#6 Identify the stain and solution

If you know what the stain is, you may be able to find a specific solution to getting rid of it;

  • Blood – should also be washed away using cold and not warm or hot water (heat will congeal the blood, making it harder to shift). Using a mild, household soap, getting it to froth in order to lift the stain.
  • Egg – egg yolk, in particular, can be hard to shift. Scrape off the excess and leave to soak in a cold water and detergent mix for at least half an hour or overnight if If it is refusing to shift, gently rubbing with a toothbrush can help shift it.

If you don’t like using chemical cleaners, there are a range of homemade stain remover options you could use to bring your sofa and fabric tub chairs back to life!