Sometimes we are prone to damaging fabric covered furniture when we attempt to clean it. This is because we do not fully understand the nature of the fabric and use the incorrect cleaning products. At other times, we let our furniture get dirty to the extent that we can’t bring ourselves to clean it and that’s when cleaning becomes very tough. Timely cleaning schedules are essential and upholstered furniture should be taken care of properly. Usually, it is easier to clean upholstered chairs as compared to bulkier items such as sofas, beddings, etc. However, if you manage the whole process step by step, the job becomes much less hectic and can be done without much hassle.
Immediate cleaning: It is highly recommended that no matter where the stain came from, it should be cleaned immediately because the longer those stains stay on upholstered seats, the harder it will be to remove them.
Check the labels: Every upholstery is made out of different types of fabrics. Therefore, before you begin the process to remove the stains, you should read the labels carefully and determine the type of fabric and the type of treatment it needs. ‘W’ means spot-cleaning with water-based detergent, ‘S’ means inorganic solvent or dry-cleaning needs to be done, ‘SW’ means both water-based and organic solvents can be used and ‘X’ indicates that professional cleaning is required.
Testing: Before you start cleaning the entire upholstered part of your beautifully designed chair, you should test a small area first. It is preferred that an area that stays out of view should be tried and if possible, upholstered seats should be removed and then cleaned. The main reason behind testing a small area beforehand is that you may know if you are proceeding in the right manner and your furniture is actually being cleaned.
Fighting stains: It has been tested and observed that most food stains are removed when 1 spoonful of detergent is mixed in 2 cups of tap water and then the upholstery is cleaned by soaking a white cloth in the detergent and rubbing it over the area, until the solution is absorbed. Repeat this process a few times if necessary and then soak a clean cloth in cold water and blot dry the cleaned area. If the stain is severe, such as that of berries, the dishwashing liquid is to be replaced by 1 spoonful of white vinegar coupled with 2/3 cup of alcohol. For greasy stains such as those of butter, margarine, oil, gravy, or mayonnaise, baking soda or corn starch is to be sprinkled and left for 15 minutes before vacuuming. After that, an organic solvent is to be put on a clean, white cloth, and rubbed repeatedly onto the entire surface until the liquid is absorbed and the stains have disappeared.
Drying: Never assemble your furniture before the washed parts have dried out completely. If the furniture cannot be disassembled, be sure not to use it until completely dry. Natural, indoor drying is highly recommended.
Apart from following all of these steps to clean upholstered chairs, there are a few precautions that have to be taken. First of all, avoid using too much water as it can leave spots and cause shrinking. Secondly, avoid getting the water on metallic or wooden components. You are good to start off!