If your upholstered furniture still has its original care tag on it then you may be able to find instructions for removing stains from it and be sure to follow those instructions. If no information is available to help you learn how to remove old stains, then the following steps should get the job done. If the stain is particularly severe then you should get the stain well and truly soaked with the cleaning solution and place a folded towel over the stain, with a book or heavy item on top. Allow it to sit for up to fifteen minutes and repeat the process until the stain has been thoroughly removed. When it comes time to clean upholstery, use only natural cleaners and the fact that many commercial upholstery cleaners and detergents contain toxic or hazardous substances (acetone) or possible carcinogens such as nitrilotriacetic acid. Also, many of these same products contain petroleum-based chemicals that leave a sticky film on your fabric that will eventually attract dirt. A bottle of good eco-friendly dish detergent is basically cheap, and when you’re done with all of your furniture upholstery cleaning, you’ll have some time to do other cleaning task as well.
What You Will Need Before You Start Cleaning:
- Vacuum cleaner with upholstery attachment
- Mild dish detergent
- White vinegar
- Clean absorbent towel
Always remember, check the cleaning codes of the chair fabric before you start the cleaning process:
- W (water)
Meaning that the fabric on your furniture can be cleaned with water-based cleaning agents only.
- S (solvent)
Furniture marked with an ‘S’ should be cleaned with solvents only. Dry cleaning is recommended, but solvent-based cleaning agents can be used if you want to do it yourself.
- W/S or S/W (water or solvent)
This code gives you more liberty with cleaning methods, as both water- or solvent-based cleaning agents can be used.
- X (vacuum only)
Furniture marked with this code should not be cleaned at home with any cleaning agent. Only vacuuming is advised.
Basic upholstery cleaning done at regular intervals will prevent buildup of tough old stains that are a pain to tackle. How often you need to clean your fabric chairs depends on how frequently they get dirty. Vacuuming should be your first go-to method when it comes to cleaning any upholstered furniture. Fabric with any cleaning code can be vacuumed. If vacuuming doesn’t seem to make a dent anymore, use a steam cleaner to deep clean your fabric chairs. Before you start, check that the fabric’s cleaning code is ‘W’ or ‘S/W’. Unlike water and other liquid cleaning solutions, steam can penetrate and loosen a stain without saturating the area. Then, the stain can easily be cleaned with a little spot cleaning. Moreover, to deep cleaning and minor stain removal, the steam’s high temperature will thoroughly disinfect the area and eliminates mold, mildew and mites from upholstered chairs. Steam cleaning can also eliminate a bed bug infestation in your upholstered furniture. If you don’t own a steam cleaner and don’t have access to renting one, a hot mild soap solution and some elbow grease can restore your dirty chairs. Upholstery furniture needs regular cleaning and attention so that it will last for a long period of time. Professional cleaning services can be a bit expensive so knowing some helpful tips on how to clean upholstery can be handy to furniture owners. Stains are easy to remove when attended to at once. Spills may not cause permanent damage when blotted with clean and absorbent cloth.