Fabric chairs are great additions to any room in your home, but they can quickly get stained and dirty. This is not just a matter of aesthetics – for many chairs, the fabric becomes more valuable than the base, so it makes sense to ensure you know how to clean it properly.
Cleaning a fabric chair can take time and effort. Failing to cleanse it correctly could result in discoloration, fading, and—even worse—mold growth. However, if you follow the proper steps, you will have a clean chair that looks brand new.
Vacuum the entire chair.
Cleaning fabric furniture is more involved than cleaning wood or chrome. The first step in cleaning any fabric furniture is to vacuum it thoroughly. This will remove dirt and dust that may have accumulated over time. Not vacuuming regularly or correctly could result in the fibers of your chair getting caught, which could eventually cause damage.
Apply upholstery cleaner to stains.
If you have large stains on your fabric chair, apply upholstery cleaner to them before further cleaning. If you don’t have any upholstery cleaner on hand, grab some baking soda or cornstarch. Sprinkle a thin layer over the stained area and let it sit for about 10 minutes. After that, wipe the substance away with a wet cloth that has been soaked in cool water.
Use baking soda to remove odors and tough stains.
Baking soda is a natural odor remover that’s safe for most fabrics. If you notice any tough stains or odors on your fabric couch, sprinkle baking soda on the affected area immediately. Then after 15 minutes, vacuum it up. The baking soda will absorb a lot of the moisture and odors from your chair, so it smells better and looks cleaner! This trick works well on any upholstered furniture, including couches and sofas!
Scrub in a circular motion.
Use a soft-bristled brush to scrub the fabric on your chair gently. Start at the top, working your way down and around in a circular motion. Continue this until all of the dirt has been removed. If you’re cleaning a light-colored chair, use a dry cloth to remove excess dirt from the brush before brushing against the chair’s fabric.
Let the chair completely air dry before you sit in it.
Fabric can become stained if it’s not allowed time to dry completely between cleanings. You also shouldn’t place any items on top of your fabric chair until it is entirely dry. This could cause permanent damage to your furniture!
There are a few things to keep in mind when you’re cleaning fabric chairs.
- First, always test the cleaning product on a small chair patch before using it on the entire piece. You want to make sure the cleaner will avoid any damage or discoloration to your furniture.
- Second, remember that different fabrics require different types of care. For instance, upholstery fabrics may become damaged by some types of cleaners, so check the product label, or check with the manufacturer before using any product on your furniture piece.
- Finally, never use hot water when washing your fabric chair as it can cause shrinkage or fading in some fabrics. Instead, use warm water and a mild detergent to scrub the surface of the furniture in a circular motion. Continue to do this until all stains are removed. Let the chair air dry completely before sitting in it again, so you don’t transfer dirt back onto your newly clean surface!
We hope this article has given you some things to think about and strategies to implement when it comes to cleaning your furniture. By considering these guidelines and tips, you are helping to keep your furniture pieces looking good, feeling good, and lasting longer.
If you have any questions or want help with specific cleaning needs, please don’t hesitate to contact AZ Carpet Cleaning. Our team is equipped and ready to help you keep your home or office looking and feeling its best.
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