It can be extremely nerve-wracking to accidentally spill something on a fabric chair. Fabric stains so easily, and it definitely wouldn’t be fun to have to go out and buy new furniture because of a stain.
Luckily, you can clean up spills quickly and efficiently to prevent any stains. However, there might be some instances where you don’t even see the stain until after it has set in. This can make removing the stain a little trickier, but not impossible.
How do you get stains out of fabric chairs?
Here are the steps.
- Check for cleaning instructions
It can be shocking to see how much some vacuuming can actually reduce the appearance of an old stain. For this reason, vacuuming is the first step that needs to be taken when removing a stain. Vacuuming will also help clean off any dust or other debris that might be on the surface of the fabric.
After you vacuum, you will want to check the chair for cleaning instructions. This will give you a good idea of how you can effectively clean the fabric on the chair.
If the chair doesn’t have any cleaning instructions, you will want to test your cleaning solution on a part of the chair that isn’t visible.
This will give you a good idea of whether the fabric will be altered by the cleaning solution you are using or not. Your best bet will be to use a gentle and natural cleaning solution like vinegar, vodka, or just water because they are less likely to do any damage to the surface than heavy cleaners will.
If your fabric chair can be cleaned with just water, you can mix up a solution of dish soap and cool water.
- Dip a sponge into the mixture, wring it out, and start blotting the stain.
- Do not rub the stain because that can cause it to set in deeper and make it harder to remove.
If the fabric chair can’t be cleaned with just water, try vodka or vinegar.
- Take a cloth and pour some of the product onto it.
- Blot the stains gently to lift them from the chair.
- You should only use this process after testing it on another spot of the chair.
In the case that these gentle options don’t work as well, you might need to use a heavier cleaning solution.
- Just like the other solutions, you will need to test it out on a part of the chair that isn’t going to be seen. These cleaning solutions are more likely to impact fabric, so it is extremely important to test first.
After you have cleaned the chair, you will need to rinse the solution you used out. You can do this with a clean cloth and clean water.
- Dip the cloth into the water and wring it out just a little.
- Dab the cloth onto the stain spot.
If the stain is still there after you complete this entire process, you are going to need to repeat it. It is best to wait for the chair to dry after you have finished the first process. Repeat the steps a couple of days after you completed them the first time for the best results.
Consider Hiring a Professional
If you complete this process a couple of times and the stain still hasn’t come out, you might want to consider hiring a professional.
They will be able to assess the situation and determine the best way to get the stain out. They will also be able to determine if the stain can be removed or if you should have the fabric replaced.
Getting stains out of a fabric chair can seem impossible, especially if the stains are set in. In most cases, you should be able to get the stain out on your own with the help of some regular household items.
In severe cases, such as completing the cleaning process several times to no avail, you might need to consider hiring a professional. A professional will be able to tell you if they can get the stain out or if the fabric needs to be replaced.