Sunday, May 28, 2017

Cleaning Delicate Fabric - This Chair Is Saved

I love this wonderful frenchy chair that I found at Goodwill for $14.99 several years ago.  It had really been used and some of the fabric was in bad shape.  I reupholstered the little arm pieces and vacuumed the chair cushion really well and let it be.  The chair cushion was dirty, but I was planning on upholstering the whole chair (obviously that never happened), so I didn't do anything to the cushion.

Fast forward to the new house and I needed to use it to complete the seating arrangement in the new house.  Perfect but it was really, really dirty.  It was so gross I didn't take a closeup picture, but see the edge of that cushion.  You can tell it is really dirty.

With so much on my plate right now, reupholstering this chair is not at the top of my list and I really don't want to spend the $200 to have the upholsterer do it.  So while out shopping the other day I decided to try and find an upholstery cleaner that I thought would be gently enough to use on this silk moire fabric.  I saw this one and it said it was gentle on fabrics.  So Woolite it is.  Can't hurt anything I hope.

It's a foam cleaner that doesn't add a lot of water to the fabric.  You just shake it really well, spray a little on and then use the gentle brush to scrub it in.  Then wipe all the extra foam off with a slightly damp cloth.  I was totally amazed at how this chair came out.

Ok, I can live with this for a while.  I still want to reupholster it in a cream or off white fabric and replace the foam for the cushion, but for now it is fine.  I just need to get about a million other projects off my to-do list first.

To-Do List
Paint vanities in both Bathrooms
Make drapes for Family Room
Organize garage so both cars can go in
Set up work station in garage
Paint patio furniture
Paint patio beams and columns
Make drapes for Patio
Finalize landscaping plan around pool
Install pavers for BBQ area
Redo Headboard for Guest Bedroom
Make drapes & bed skirt for Guest Bedroom

If you need a gentle upholstery cleaner, this might be what you are looking for.

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  1. Thanks for the recommendation Marty. I have a pair of said chairs I inherited from my aunt and uncle. Been wanting to reupholster them as well, but.....
    I'll have to give woolite a try.
    Happy Memorial Day weekend!

  2. Chair looks great Marty. thanks for the tip on cleaner.
    Have a great week and hopefully you will complete a few items on your To Do List.


  3. I've never seen this Woolite product with the brush tip. I'll have to try it on some fabrics that could use spiffing up! Thanks!

    Jane x

  4. Thanks, Marty! The chair is so pretty! That is a long to do list! Don't push yourself! Hope you had a great holiday weekend!!!

  5. Thanks for this post. I have a loveseat that needs the cushions cleaned and I am going to try this.

  6. Your chair is so pretty after her shampoo and fluff. You find the best things at Goodwill. Have to keep the Woolite product in mind... xoxo

  7. It looks so nice, Marty. I'm going to have to get some of that Woolite cleaner. Great that it can be used on carpet too. One bottle two uses take up less space on my shelves. Thanks for sharing this.

  8. I love using cleaners like this on my delicate fabrics. Your chair looks lovely and thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party.