Clean upholstered chairs the right way

Clean upholstered chairs the right way

Upholstered chairs bring a touch of elegance and cosiness to any room – whether your living or dining room. However, these pieces of furniture can and do get dirty and grimy with use. Especially around the armrest and headrest areas due to their exposure to body oils. Furthermore, you may have spilled a drink or some substance on your upholstered chair, which needs to be treated as quickly as possible. If you’re not sure how to approach cleaning fabric chairs, then take a look at some of the suggested tips from our domestic cleaners in Abingdon.

How to clean an upholstered chair

Your upholstered chairs need a good clean. But what is the best way to approach how to clean fabric kitchen chairs or how to clean fabric dining chairs? Luckily, there are some useful and easy tips to keep in mind when completing this task. However, before getting started, it’s always advisable to check the fabric label for cleaning instructions on the piece of furniture itself. Here are the most common ones:

  • Code W: this means that the fabric on your upholstered chair can be cleaned with water-based cleaning materials
  • Code S: this code signals that your upholstered chair’s fabric is not suitable for water-based treatments. Use dry cleaning or a water-free solvent only. Usually, these types of solvents will require that the cleaning is done in a well-ventilated room and that the cleaning is not performed near open sources of fire or flames.
  • Code W-S: this indicates that your upholstery can be cleaned using either water-based or solvent-based products.
  • Code X: clean your upholstered chair using only a vacuum cleaner, or better yet, consult your professional domestic cleaners in Oxford to help you out. The alternative is risking shrinking the product or staining and damaging it in the long run. 
  • No tag: If your upholstered chair has no tag, then you should test different cleaning solutions on inconspicuous areas in order to determine the fabric’s reaction to the solution before you proceed to address a wider area. 

Now that we’ve got the basics out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the steps involved in how to clean fabric chairs.

Step 1

Step one involves beginning with vacuuming the upholstered chair to ensure that you get all loose dirt particles out of the fabric. Use a soft, rotating brush, if possible, and cover every inch of your chair with the suction nozzle so that you don’t leave any dirt behind. Be sure to start from the top working your way down, and make sure you use the right vacuum cleaner attachment to ensure you get into the crevices and bends of the chair. Finally, turn the chair over so that you get to the underside of it as well where dirt can also get lodged. 

Step 2

Step two in terms of how to clean an upholstered chair means you’ll need to get down to the nitty gritty of dealing with soiled and stained areas. Depending on the code that your upholstery has, you need to use the right solvent for it. In some cases, you might be able to use a solution of water and dishwashing detergent. However, it’s best to consult a professional before starting this process on your own. In addition, if you do opt for this route, you should remember to spritz the stained area with the solution without saturating it. Thereafter, make sure you use a dry cloth to blot and not rub the stain. It should come off onto the cloth instead. Repeat the process until it’s gone. Let the chair dry in naturally circulating air or using a fan. Direct heat from hair dryers is not recommended. It’s also advisable to first test out the solution on an inconspicuous part of your upholstered chair to ensure you don’t damage the fabric.

Step 3

For freshness and odour removal, be sure to sprinkle your upholstered chairs (where allowed in terms of their cleaning codes) with bicarbonate of soda. Leave this on for at least an hour although leaving it overnight will be even better. When the time has passed, use your vacuum cleaner to suck up all the bicarbonate of soda and you’ll be left with a fresh smelling dining or living room chair that will be a pleasure to sit in once again. 

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If you’re unsure of how to approach your upholstered chair cleaning by yourself, why sweat it? You can always get in touch with us at Be Clean to get expert advice and professional help. Our cleaners are trusted in the wider Oxford area and beyond and they know just how to approach just about any type of upholstered chair you may have. It’s simply a matter of getting in touch with us. We’ll take care of the rest!