When a fabric chair has no removable cover and therefore cannot be washed in the washing machine, it is always difficult to know how to remove a stain! Indeed, the last thing you want when stain removal is to damage the seat and leave a halo on this type of fabric. So how do you clean your fabric chair and remove stains successfully? Grandma gives you all the secrets to removing dirt.
Know how to clean your fabric chair
Taking precautions allows you to avoid leaving marks on the seat. To avoid making a mistake, it is therefore crucial to know the type of fabric that covers the chairs (cotton fabric, linen, velvet, synthetic textiles, etc.). Fortunately, the label on the seat can often give you valuable information. Often, the manufacturer indicates there what type of treatment to use and which ones to avoid. For the maintenance of the fabric, remember that:
-The “W” is simply the symbol for water, indicating that you can perform water treatment.
-As for the “P”, it is the symbol of solvents / detergents. This indicates that you can use a cleaning detergent on your seat fabric.
-Finally, there is the W / P, a pictogram which indicates that you can use water as well as a stain remover.
Sometimes, even while searching, the piece of furniture does not bear any indication. This can be all the more true for an old fabric chair whose label can be erased (or never have existed!). In doubt, always test your detergent in an inconspicuous corner before operating on the stained area. This will help you spot any discoloration. And if you can’t remove tough stains without leaving a residue, let a professional do it.
How to clean your fabric chair on a daily basis?
The cleaning of fabric chairs should ideally be carried out regularly in order to limit the appearance of stubborn stains or diffuse dirt. This involves several techniques:
The vacuum cleaner removes dust and partially absorbs stains. It is also possible to consider sprinkling baking soda or talc on the seat, leaving it to act and sucking the powder so as to neutralize bad odors and freshen up to your chair or armchair. If the fabric is delicate, prefer to brush it with the brush tip of the device.
Draw a grid with your steam cleaner so as to cover the entire seat. Then be sure to let the seat dry thoroughly before using your furniture again.
Soap for basic cleaning
Soapy water (with Marseille soap, black soap or even dishwashing liquid) can be used to wash the seat fabric. Just spray a small amount on the surfaces to be cleaned using a sprayer (no need to soak the seat!), then rub with a sponge (non-abrasive side) or a cloth. Then, carefully pass your terry towel to absorb the excess water. Finally, leave to air dry in a well-ventilated room (for example, leaving the windows open).
How to detach a fabric chair?
Besides simple soapy water for a lightly encrusted stain, there are different types of stain remover depending on the stain.
-Thesparkling water can be very effective against pet urine stains. This helps fight odors before using soapy water or white vinegar.
-The White vinegar is to be mixed with cold or hot water at 50-50, in particular against grease stains or oil stains. Spray everything on the stain and rub with a cloth soaked in this mixture. Finish by taking care to rinse and let dry.
-The bicarbonate can be mixed with water to make a paste. Rub this on the stain, leave to act and brush. If necessary, dab some turpentine on it if the stain persists.
-The oxygen peroxide (or hydrogen peroxide) can be used on blood, grease, tea, coffee stains … On white, it ideally replaces bleach. However, it can also be used on colored fabric as long as you make sure there is no discoloration in an inconspicuous corner. Count here two doses of water for a dose of hydrogen peroxide in a vaporizer. Spray on and leave to act for 20 or 25 minutes before rubbing. Repeat if necessary and then let dry.
-Finally, the lemon juice can be used on difficult stains (ink stains, red fruit, mustard, etc.). It can also be combined with salt against rust.