French Ball Room Chairs
The dining room can often be one of your house’s showcases. It can be the center of activity for parties and family gatherings. In many homes the dining room gets a lot of use and upholstered dining room chairs in particular are targets for spills and stains from meals and gatherings. They can also gather dirt and dust when they are not in use. Upholstered dining room chairs should be regularly cleaned so that the dining room does not lose its luster. Even if you only entertain on a few special occasions and holidays, it’s still a good idea to keep the chairs clean. Clean chairs will keep the whole dining room looking good and smelling fresh.
Here are a few basic ideas for cleaning upholstered dining room chairs:
· Vacuum - Start with vacuuming the upholstering. Use the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner on the seat then attach the small crevice tool to get the dirt and small bits of food out of the small folds on the seat.
· Stain Removal - Next, remove any stains. There are a number of methods that you can use to remove stains:
o Use a commercial stain remover sprayed directly onto the stain. Let it stand for about 5 minutes. Then blot the stain and the area around the stain as well with a damp towel.
o Use homemade treatments like club soda, baking soda, and cold water mixed together. Red wine stains can be treated with salt. If there are any bloodstains, dab them with cold water.
o Water can often leave water rings on fabric. If the fabric is light colored, white vinegar can remove water stains. Spray it on and let it sit for a few minutes and then blot with a dry towel.
Be sure not to rub when you are removing the stain. This can cause the stain to spread. Always dab delicately on and around the stain. After spot cleaning, let the area dry completely before beginning the overall cleaning.
· Clean the entire fabric area – The chair fabric can be cleaned using different techniques:
o Mix one tablespoon of laundry detergent in a large bowl or bucket with warm water. Use the soapy water to gently scrub the seat and other upholstered areas of each chair. Rinse them using a wet towel that does not have soap on it.
o You can also use a steam cleaner to clean the fabric on your dining room chairs. Clean the chair one area at a time: the seat, the backrest, arms, and even the back of the chair and underneath the seat. Use the vacuum function to remove the water and dry the fabric. Make sure each area you have cleaned is completely dry before moving on to the next area.
o Velvet is a popular fabric for upholstered dining room chairs. While velvet is rich looking, it can be hard to maintain. Use a soft cloth to get the dirt and dust off of velvet chairs. You can also use a brush that has soft bristles to do this job.
Before tackling a job like this yourself, make sure you know what type of fabric is on the chairs. There may be a tag from the manufacturer on the chairs that not only states what the fabric is but may also have cleaning instructions.
Brian Andersen is furniture maker and avid blogger who writes for MA Local Guide.