7 Amazing Tips To Clean Chair Upholstery

How To Clean Chair Upholstery

Jan 18, 2023 | Upholstery Cleaning

If you are worried about the stains and dull look of your valuable chair upholstery and want to restore its spotless appearance, here is the solution. In this article, we have discussed how to clean chair upholstery in some easy steps.

How To Clean Chair Upholstery?

Check The Label 

Check the label before starting the cleaning process. It will specify the type of cleaning method. This will help you decide the right cleaning method for your chair upholstery.

Code W: This label says the fabric can only be cleaned with water-based solvents.

Code S: Use only dry cleaners or water-free solvents to clean your upholstery for this type of label.

Code W-S: This means, you can use either water-based cleaners or solvent-based cleaners to clean your upholstered chair.

Code X: In this method, you can clean it by vacuuming or by calling professional upholstery cleaners. Any type of home cleaning solution can damage the fabric of your upholstered chair.

Things You’ll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Soft-bristled brushes
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Baking Soda
  • Microfiber towels
  • Dry cleaning solvents
  • Commercial upholstery chair cleaner
  • Bowls
  • Sponges

Vacuum Your Chair

Vacuuming your upholstered chair is of the utmost importance. It will make the subsequent cleaning process easier for you. Attach your vacuum to the hose and use an upholstery brush to loosen the dust particles.

Vacuum every nook and cranny of the chair thoroughly. Don’t miss out on the lower and back sides of the chair. Vacuum the cushions and corners of the chair with the crevice tool, as it will remove dust particles thoroughly.

Make Cleaning Solutions

You can create stain-cleaning solutions at home. If the label says it can be cleaned with water-based solvents, then check the label and combine 1/4 cup of dishwashing liquid with 1 cup of water.

For upholstery with a W-S label, it can be cleaned with water-based cleaners or solvent-based cleaners, then mix one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with one gallon of warm water with a lower concentration.

If it is mentioned on the label that it can be cleaned only with solvent-based cleaners, then you can use commercial cleaners.

Pro Tip:  If the label is blank on your upholstery, then you can try different cleaning solutions in a small hidden area and see the reaction of your fabric. If it does not get damaged, then you can apply it all over your chair.

You can also read: How to make upholstery cleaning solution at home

Clean Up The Stains And Soiled Areas 

Treat the stains using the above cleaning methods and by following the label instructions. Mix the solvent well so that it creates foam, and dip the sponge into that cleaner. Start scrubbing the stains gently. Now that sponge has soaked up the dirt, rinse it in a clean, warm water bowl.

Wring the sponge completely to make sure it is damp but not dripping. Blot the cleaning solution from your upholstered chair. Repeat this until you cover all the stained areas. Make sure to keep the non-upholstered parts of your chair dry to avoid damaging them.

Rinse And Blot 

Rinse and make sure that there is no detergent left in the chair. The rinsing step is very crucial to make sure no solvent is in the fibers of the upholstery chair. Dip a microfiber cloth into a clean bowl of water and wring it until it is damp. Wipe down every part of the chair in small sections so you don’t mess up the wooden parts of the chair.

Dip a clean cloth into the clean bowl of water. Dampen it and wipe it down again to clean it completely. Do it as the last step. Wipe down the chair with a clean, dry piece of cloth. It will absorb any remaining moisture completely.

Let It Dry 

Allow your upholstered chair to get completely dry. Don’t allow anyone to sit on the chair. Separate the cushions if they are removable and let them dry. Turn on the fan if needed. Avoid direct heat from appliances like hairdryers.

Tip To Remove Odors From The Chair 

Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda all over your chair. Use a soft-bristled brush to spread it and let it go into the fibers of your upholstered chair. You can leave it overnight or for a few hours. Vacuum it up, and boom, all the odors are gone.

Summing Up

Cleaning chair upholstery is very important, as it serves as a valuable part of our home. We can increase their lifespan by maintaining them and cleaning them regularly.

By following the simple yet amazing techniques mentioned in this blog on how to clean chair upholstery, you can make them look brand new, fresh, and clean and can increase their value. Or you can also call for professional upholstery cleaning services.