KJ asked: How do I clean furniture? I’ve got a spot where his head contacts the fabric on the recliner. It is an oval spot that looks almost greasy, though his head is shaved. I was told that it was an indoor/outdoor fabric, and it has Key West looking stripes. My concern is that I could make it worse or leave a circle spot behind. To make things worse, the colors are powdery green and blue with a bit of yellow and white intermingled, so it could change the hue. I have a couch, chair and ottoman that match. Any thoughts?
Indoor/outdoor fabrics are inherently stain resistant and relatively easy to clean. In fact, harsh chemicals and bleach should be avoided, as they may fade or damage fabrics. When you’ve got a stain on your fabric, the best solution is to follow manufacturer care and cleaning suggestions. If that’s not possible, the following general guidelines should benefit your furniture.
You Will Need:
- Vacuum cleaner
- Automatic dishwasher detergent (unscented)
- Warm water
- Bowl or small bucket
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- First, vacuum the affected fabric to ensure it’s free of loose dust or dirt.
- Mix a small amount of detergent in a bowl with warm water. Add enough so you can “feel” the detergent in the water without making it too heavy, which might leave a residue that could, in turn, attract dirt.
- If needed, place a towel around or beneath the area you want to clean to catch any water runoff.
- Use the sponge to gently blot or lightly scrub the stain.
- Rinse the sponge, then, repeat as needed.
- Blot excess moisture with a dry towel.
- Allow to air dry.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Spot test detergent solution in a hidden area before you begin.
- Automatic dishwasher detergent is excellent for cutting through grease, but do not use dishwasher detergent with orange or lemon scents. The acidity could damage fabrics.
- If you don’t see an improvement, try the same method using Woolite or another laundry detergent for delicates.
- If the fabric is dirty, expect a clean spot to appear. You may have to clean the whole surface in order for it to “match” again.
- Results may vary depending on the exact type and makeup of your fabric.