Hints and tips for cleaning a chair in fabric

D Published April 18, 2016 10:59 Tips and tricks

A stain on the fabric upholstery of your Mobitec chair? No reason to panic. Follow our instructions to clean your chair upholstered in fabric according to the type of stain. In most cases, a little elbow grease and conventional cleaning products will suffice to clean the stain from your chair.

How to clean a chair upholstered in fabric

• If the cover of your chair can be removed, remove it and check the washing and maintenance instructions on the label of the cover. In some cases, you can simply put it in the washer.

• First of all, try to determine the origin and nature of the stain so that you can proceed with the appropriate treatment (which you can find by referring to the list below).

Dust the seat with the soft brush of the vacuum cleaner to work on a clean surface.

• Apply the stain remover on a clean cloth; never directly on the fabric.

Test the stain remover on a less visible area of your chair first.

Always rinse the area after applying the stain remover.

• After applying the stain remover and rinsing, always clean the entire area of the fabric upholstery of the chair. Local treatment risks leaving a halo.

Treatment per type of stain

Stain of known origin

Food

Chocolate stain

Fruit or vegetable stain

Grease stain

Ketchup stain

Mustard stain

Egg stain

Sauce stain

Salad dressing stain

Drinks

Beer stain

Coffee stain

Fruit juice stain

Milk stain

Soda stain

Tea stain

Wine stain

Damage relating to the environment, storage

Humidity stain

Mildew stain

Rust stain

Office

Pencil stain

Ink stain

Felt-tip pen stain

Pen stain

Tipp-ex stain

Beauty products

Makeup stain

Perfume stain

Hair dye stain

Varnish stain

Healthcare sector

Eosine stain

Excrement or vomit stain

Mercurochrome stain

Blood stain

Works

Glue stain

Putty stain

Paint stain

Plaster stain

Other

Mud or earth stain

Cigarette burn stain

Chewing gum stain

Polish stain

Candle wax stain

Insect and fly speck stain

Nicotine stain

Plasticine stain

Resin or sap stain

Sebum stain (skin or hair)

PlaIodine solution stain

Stain of unknown origin

• Rub with 1 cup of hot water + 2 table spoons of sodium bicarbonate

Stubborn stain: once the fabric has dried, dab with turpentine

White fabric: dab with an anti-rust product or oxygenated water

Chocolate stain

• Cold water

Engrained stain: scratch then dab with soapy water

If that doesn’t work: benzine or warmed up glycerine or diluted ammonia or white vinegar

Fruit or vegetable stain

Natural fibres: water (1/2) + alcohol (1/2) then white vinegar diluted 50%

Synthetic fibres: soapy water then dab with a wet cloth + 1 drop of 70° alcohol.

White or stain resistant fabric: scarcely bleached water

Wool: a little vinegar. Make sure you rinse as promptly as possible, even if you have to start over.

Red fruit: lemon juice (rinse well!)

Orange: warmed up glycerine

Grease stain

Stain still wet: sprinkle talc powder or flour

Dry stain: apply sheets of absorbing paper then go over it with a hot iron. Change the paper when it is dirty. Dab the remaining traces with a cloth soaked with diluted ammonia.

Silk: sprinkle talc powder then brush gently

Wool: Fine China clay

Ketchup stain

• Cold water then white vinegar diluted 50%. Allow to act then soak again

If that doesn’t work: undiluted vinegar or hot milk

Mustard stain

• Remove any excess with a spoon

• Water + soap then oxygenated water + ammonia

Highly engrained stain: make stain fade with lemon juice

Egg stain

• Cold water

Old stain: oxygenated water, slightly diluted

Sauce stain

• Marseille soap scarcely wet. Leave to act for half an hour then rinse.

• Other options: warmed up glycerine or diluted ammonia

Greasy or sweet sauce: dilute with cold water then rub with glycerine + a drop of liquid soap, or sprinkle sodium bicarbonate or corn starch, brush gently and rinse with hot water. Or prepare a paste with soda ash and water, let act for a quarter of an hour, then rinse with very hot water.

Salad dressing stain

Stain still wet: sprinkle talc powder, corn starch or sodium bicarbonate. Leave to act then brush gently. Rinse with running water.

Beer stain

• Water-alcohol mix (50%) then water-acetic acid (25%)

Silk: dab with water + rubbing alcohol mix

Coffee stain

• Warmed up glycerine then wet cloth

• Or rub with Marseille soap scarcely wet

• Or dab with water-alcohol mix (50/50) then white vinegar

Silk or wool: water + 70° alcohol

Fruit juice stain

• Very hot milk or vinegar or carbonated water. Moisten every 30 minutes until the stain disappears.

• Stubborn stain: rub with glycerine. Leave to act 15 min. then rinse.

Milk stain

• Dab with scarcely diluted ammonia

Soda stain

Stain still wet: sprinkle flour or Fine China clay, brush then dab with soapy water

Old stain: dab with rubbing alcohol or diluted ammonia

Tea stain

• Dab with soapy water, rinse with vinegary water then clear water

Old stain: warmed up glycerine

Synthetic fibres: lemon juice (rinse well !) or mix white vinegar-90° alcohol or sodium 90° or soda ash

Wine stain

Wet stain: sprinkle corn starch or Fine China clay, brush then dab with milk, then clean with soapy water. Or wipe with a clean cloth then rub with carbonated water.

Dry stain: dab with white vinegar

Stubborn stain: soak with hot milk or vinegar for one hour or more and rinse well.

Humidity stain

• Rub with a paste: 30 gr. of grated white soap + 30 gr. of starch + 15 gr. of fine salt + lemon juice. Rinse then dry with a washcloth or hair dryer (average temperature).

Mildew stain

• Dab with oxygenated water or ammonia. Rinse and dry properly with a washcloth or hair dryer (average temperature).

Rust stain

• Rub with lemon juice + salt then pour wet washing powder and rub.

Stubborn stain: anti-rust product

White fabric: oxalic acid (salt of sorrel)

Synthetic fibres: lemon juice (rinse well!)

Pencil stain

• bicarbonate + water paste. Leave to act then rinse.

Ink stain

• Soak with milk.

Stubborn stain: rub with peroxide or lemon juice + salt or toothpaste

White or stain resistant fabric: dab with 90° alcohol or water + a drop of bleach

Coloured cotton: dab with water + alcohol vinegar or spray hair spray and wipe immediately; repeat several times.

Wool: dab with 90° alcohol or 1/3 white spirit + 2/3 cold water mix

Synthetic fibres: dab with lemon juice

Cotton or silk: pour heated lemon juice or hot milk on the stain

Delicate fabrics: glycerine, leave to act 30 minutes then rinse

Red ink or coloured stain: stump with a thick layer of mustard, leave to act for one hour or two then rinse.

Felt-tip pen stain

• Dab with soapy water then with 90°C alcohol or rub with warm milk or lemon juice

Wool: dab with lemon juice then rinse well

Synthetic fibres: water + white vinegar (except on acetate)

Fluorescent felt tip: soak with milk, rub, start again

Pen stain

White cotton: lemon juice

Wool or coloured cotton: dab with acetone or 70° alcohol or rubbing alcohol or lemon juice

Other materials: vinegar + white spirit mix (50/50) or dab with very hot milk or spray hair spray, and then rinse profusely

Tipp-ex stain

• Scratch then dab with solvent naphtha or clean with water + detergent + and a teaspoon of ammonia

• Or dissolve the stain by dabbing with denatured alcohol, acetone or a lemon-based stain remover

Makeup stain

• Dab with ammonia

If the stain is greasy: apply sheets of absorbing paper then go over it with a hot iron. Dab the remaining traces with a cloth soaked in diluted ammonia.

Lipstick: rub with warmed up glycerine, or dab with ether, or dab with a non-greasy makeup removing lotion, or spread butter, scratch then dab with ammonia.

Perfume stain

• Dab with white vinegar or rub gently with glycerine.

Hair dye stain

• Dab with oxygenated water or spray hair spray then wipe with a wet cloth

Varnish stain

• Dab with amyl acetate. Avoid solvents.

Eosine stain

Cotton or flax: 70° alcohol, rinse with bleached water then with pure water

Wool or silk: cold water (2/3) + rubbing alcohol (1/3)

Printed fabric: water (1/2) + 70° alcohol (1/2)

Excrement or vomit stain

• If possible: rinse immediately with warm soapy water.

Old stain: clean with water + some drops of ammonia or oxygenated water

Cotton or wool: water + alcohol vinegar

Mercurochrome stain

Cotton or flax: 90°alcohol, rinse with bleached water then with clear water

Stain resistant fabric: dab with bleached water

Printed or coloured fabric: dab with a water (1/2) + 90°C alcohol mix (1/2)

Blood stain

Stain still wet: water + corn starch/flour/talc powder. Leave to dry, dust. Dab the stain with cold water then rub with the ring of an iron key. Or dab with diluted ammonia, and then oxygenated water.

Dry stain: dab with oxygenated water

Stubborn stain: tartaric acid or peroxide or ammonia

Stain resistant fabric: dilute with physiological serum, then rinse

Silk: dab with rubbing alcohol

Glue stain

Glue that is still fresh: remove the excess then dab with white sprit or with a solvent (see manufacturer’s instructions). Or soak with white vinegar then dab with hot water.

White glue: moisten with hot water, dab with white vinegar

Cynocrylate glue: dab with white vinegar

Epoxy glue: scratch with a nail or rub and wash with soapy hot water

Carpenter’s glue: soapy hot water

Neoprene glue: dab with acetone

Polyurethane glue: scratch with a nail or rub the fabric and dab with acetone

Vinyl or acrylic glue: scratch with a nail or rub the fabric

Putty stain

• Scratch and rub to remove the excess, dab with white spirit or warm white vinegar

Paint stain

Oil paint: withdraw the excess with a spoon, dab with a solvent like white spirit. If the stain persists: rub with lard, leave to act for a day, then remove with solvent naphtha.

Water paint: remove the excess with a spoon, wash with cold water + soap.

Dry paint: dab with rubbing alcohol.

Gloss paint: dab with solvent naphtha

Plaster stain

• Scratch gently then dab with vinegar

Mud or earth stain

• Leave to dry, brush then wash with soapy water

Natural fibres: dab with diluted ammonia (1 table spoon for 1 litre water) or water + lemon juice

Cigarette burn stain

• Hot water + warmed up glycerine

Deeper stains: dab with soda ash paste (1 table spoon) + warm water (1/2 litre)

White cotton: dab with oxygenated water, rinse with bleached water, then with warm water

Wool and silk: run nearly dry Marseille soap over the stain, leave to act for a few hours then rinse

Chewing gum stain

• Place a plastic bag filled with ice on the stain, remove the excess with a spoon, remove the grease with a solvent (for example, benzine)

• Or place absorbing paper on the stain then go over it with a hot iron

• Or dab with hot white alcohol vinegar

Polish stain

• Withdraw the excess with a spoon, dab with benzine, turpentine, lighter fuel, white spirit or lemon juice + salt

• Or apply glycerine, leave to act 15 min. then rinse with hot water. If the stain persists: moisten with white vinegar, rinse, apply glycerine again

Candle wax stain

• Scratch with a spoon, place a piece of blotting paper on the stain and apply a hot iron on it. Remove the residual grease with benzine.

Insect and fly speck stain

White or stain resistant fabric: dab with bleached water

Delicate fabric: dab with water with slightly ammoniacal water

Fly speck: clean with soapy water + a little ammonia

Nicotine stain

• Dab with 70° alcohol

Plasticine stain

• Rub then apply 1 or 2 sheets of absorbing paper and go over it with a hot iron. Remove the residual grease with benzine.

• Or rub with scarcely wet Marseille soap, leave to act for an hour, lather and rinse with a sponge

Resin or sap stain

• Apply sheets of absorbing paper, go over it with a hot iron then dab with methylated spirit

If greasy stain remains: dab with solvent naphtha

Sebum stain (skin or hair)

Natural fibres: dab with acetone

Synthetic fibres: dab with soda ash paste + water

Wool: sprinkle Fine China clay, leave to act and brush gently

Silk: sprinkle Fine China clay, let it penetrate, leave to act for 2 hours then dust

Iodine solution stain

• Moisten then sprinkle sodium bicarbonate, leave it to settle, rub and rinse

• Or dab with ammonia or oxygenated water