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How to clean an old reclining chair?

Asked by torch81 (672 points ) December 27th, 2009

I recently inherited an old reclining chair that I absolutely love. It is in good shape structurally and mechanically, but it is beginning to show a lot of dirt. I don’t have the money to have it professionally cleaned (or re-upholstered), but I’d like to freshen it up. What can I do to clean it up without damaging the already aging fabric?

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marinelife's avatar

You can try an upholstery cleaner. Try it on a portion that does not show first to make sure it won’t hurt the fabric.

NUNYA's avatar

They have carpet cleaners that you can rent and they have an upholstery attatchments too. It can be rented by the hour or for a full day. I don’t know where you are but I can find them at my supermarket, Albertsons. Might check into that.

SamIAm's avatar

spot clean… this may sound silly but i’ve had a few incidents recently where i’ve had to clean like a blanket for example, or a small rug, and i’ve used dial soap! growing up, we used ivory soap for everything. resolve may make a fabric cleaner also. and febreeze is always great for making it smell good.

faye's avatar

Prosolve is the all time best cleaner for fabrics You just sray it on, wait, spray, repeat. It will take out red wine stains, mustard stains, cat accidents, everything!!!

Dog's avatar

You did not mention the type of fabric but in the slim chance it is imitation leather/ vinyl I learned that diaper wipes can do an incredible job of cleaning it.

Pretty_Lilly's avatar

You may be able to find fabric/upholstery at the dollar store,try not to use carpet cleaner as it might be rough on the fabric, you’ll probably need 4~5 cans !

YARNLADY's avatar

Sprinkle liberally with baking soda, brush with a good cleaning brush, and vacuum. Spray with Febrese, and then repeat with the baking soda.

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