Cleaning chair cushions depends on the type of fabric, whether it is cloth, faux suede, suede, microfibre, or plastic. Some cushions suffer damage if rubbed hard while removing the dirt. Fabric labels often indicate what solvent or cleaning solution is best to avoid damaging the cushions. There are steps the owner should take to clean chair cushions safely. Buying the proper solvents, using a vacuum, and testing the fabric, before a full cleaning takes place, ensure a proper cleaning.
Using Proper Cleaning Agents
Cleaning solutions are available in several brands with various ingredients. Water based solutions include soap, dish detergent, carpet cleaner and upholstery shampoo. Cleaning agents, such as rubbing alcohol, dry cleaning solvents, and baby wipes often damage cushions. It is possible to use baking soda and cornstarch for dry solvents on furniture labelled for more intense solvents. This natural combination is environmentally friendly, whereas petrochemical solvents are not. Petrochemical solvents are best as upholstery shampoos for chair cushions that water based solvents should not be on.
- Microfibre: gentle dish detergent and water combination
- Cloth upholstery: shampoo, dish detergent, or carpet cleaners
- Suede: mild dish detergent and water solvent or dry cleaning agent
- Plastic: water with any cleaning solvent removes dirt, mould, and mildew
- Canvas: any solvent that does not damage the canvas colour
- Waterproof cloth: dish detergent, borax, and water remove mould and mildew, without damage
The owner should always test the chair cushion before using any cleaning agent. The wrong product bleaches colour from the fabric or canvas. A mild product, such as dish soap is useful on most fabrics; however, it is still necessary to test a spot first.
Removing Mould and Mildew
Outdoor chair cushions are susceptible to mould and mildew. Removing mildew and mould takes special care to remove it without damaging the cushions. Outdoor chair cushions can handle being thoroughly wet, so a heavier solvent is appropriate. A combination of 1tsp dishwashing detergent with 1tsp borax in a spray bottle with 1-quart warm water works well. Saturate the chair cushions on both sides, making certain it gets into the creases of the cushion. Leave in place for 15 minutes then spray with a garden hose. Then, the owner stands them up on one edge to let them dry. Adding fabric protector prevents new mould and mildew from growing; this makes the outdoor chair cushions easier to clean.
Cleaning Steps for Indoor Chair Cushions
Indoor chair cushions are more sensitive to cleaning solvents, as they do not withstand various weather conditions well. Cleaning dining room chair cushions, couch cushions, or chairs requires testing an area of the cushion or furniture that is not visible. If the cleaning agent does not damage the spot, it means that it is acceptable to proceed.
Clean the cushions first with a vacuum or soft brush to remove any dirt imbedded into the fabric. Using the appropriate shampoo or dish detergent listed in the care instructions for the furniture or cushions the owner sprays a thin layer over the spot or entire cushion that needs cleaning.
After 15 minutes, use a brush to dab the area. It should not be rubbed or scrubbed hard, which may damage the cushion. The fabric dries for 30 minutes; then, vacuum or brush again. Vacuuming a second time removes any dirt that released during the drying process. It also indicates if the chair cushions are clean or if the cleaning process needs repeating.
How to Buy Chair Cushion Cleaner on eBay
Spending time cleaning chair cushions damaged by mould and mildew, general use, or spilled food and drinks is one way to make them look like new. If you have chair cushions that need cleaning, find the appropriate cleaners on eBay. Choices in solvents range from outdoor cushion agents designed to clean plastic, canvas, or waterproof cloth to indoor cleaners for suede, faux suede, cloth, and microfibre. Be sure to check out reviews and cleaning instructions for your cushions before making a purchasing decision.