Chairs with fabric upholstery are very practical, aesthetic and durable, but they have one big disadvantage: they get dirty incredibly quickly. Juice stains, oil stains, grease and dirt – you certainly know what we are talking about. Not to mention that they gather dust and lose their original color.
You’re ashamed to invite guests to dinner because your chairs are dirty? Here’s what to do to have clean and beautiful chairs.
Vacuum the upholstery
You’re probably wondering why you should do this. Well, you have to do this in order to remove some of the dust and dirt accumulated inside the upholstery. If you’ll clean the seats avoiding this step, the dirt inside would gather on the surface, making it difficult for your work. So, carefully vacuum the chair upholstery.
Moisten the upholstery
After you vacuumed the upholstery surface, moisten it slightly with warm water. Fill a spray bottle with water and sprinkle uniformly.
Sprinkle baking soda on upholstery
Using your fingers, gently rub the baking soda to hasten its effect. Basically, baking soda doesn’t clean the fabric, but absorbs some of the dirt and helps you wash it easier.
Clean the upholstery with vinegar and dishwashing detergent
In a bowl, mix half a cup of vinegar and half a cup of water with 1-2 tablespoons of dishwashing detergent. Having a degreasing action, the detergent will dissolve the dirt impregnated in the fabric. If you think your chairs will have a strong smell of vinegar, you should know that it will disappear very quickly. Moreover, it will annihilate the odors from the upholstery.
Wash the upholstery with a piece of window curtain
If you have a curtain around the house that you do not use anymore, you’ve just found a use. The curtain produces a large amount of foam in contact with water. So, soak a piece of curtain in the mixture presented above and rub gently all the chair upholstery. Insist on areas with more persistent dirt. If excess foam remains on the fabric, remove it with a clean cloth.
After you finish washing the seats, leave them aside and prepare a bowl with clean, lukewarm water. Soak a clean cloth in water and gently wipe each chair, to remove as much detergent impregnated into the fabric.
It is better to let the chairs dry naturally at room temperature. This process may take more or less, depending on the thickness of the upholstery. If you can, put the chairs outside in direct sunlight.
For special upholstery made of fine materials, it is advisable to avoid using baking soda and to reduce the amount of vinegar. If you can, test the solution on a hidden area.
Because the kitchen seats get dirty quickly, we recommend protecting them with covers. You can find plenty of models with different prints, so you can use them as decorative elements.
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