Church Chairs require regular maintenance and cleaning to keep them looking as good as new. Don’t let stains and messy spills ruin your church chairs – follow this easy, step-by-step process on how to clean your church chairs and stop the spread of germs.
Cleaning Fabric Upholstery
Cleaning fabric upholstery doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are some cleaning tips to guide you whether it is a light cleaning or a deep cleaning.
Light and Everyday Cleaning /Maintenance
The best items to use for day to day cleaning and light maintenance that will pick up dust and airborne debris are lint rollers and vacuums.
Lint Rollers: Lint rollers are handy for quick cleaning after services. It will pick up lint, fuzz, hair and debris for a quick crisp clean look.
Vacuum: Periodic vacuuming of the fabric should keep soil from building up in the fibers. A vacuum cleaner utilizing only a static suction wand should be used. These attachments contain no moving parts, such as a beater bar or rotating brush, which can damage the fabric. Although this option is not necessary to do it every day, we do suggest a light run every week.
Precautions When Cleaning
Although cleaning chairs regularly is important, use as little liquid as possible. This will help keep the fabric looking better for longer. Using too much water can leave visible watermarks or soak the upholstery and cause the fabric to shrink or sag.
Polyolefin Cleaning Procedures
Olefin fibers are stain resistant, most spots and stains may be easily removed by ordinary cleaning methods. Soiling from everyday use is normal but, there are some staining agents which will require extra attention. To keep your fabric looking fresh, cleaning the fabric periodically using a hot water extraction process is recommended.
1. Treat spots and stains promptly. To prevent damage to the fabric and make cleaning easier, blot wet spills with an absorbent white cloth or paper towel. If you find a hard crusty stain, tap the spot to break up the encrustation so that you can remove as much of it as possible by vacuuming*. Spills and stains remaining on the fabric can cause odors.
2. Try to determine the composition of the stain and then choose an appropriate cleaning agent as suggested from the listing below. Cleaning the entire surface area, after spot cleaning, is recommended.
3. Use a minimal amount of cleaning agent necessary to remove the stain. Triple rinse with water, using a wet vacuum after each rinse. Blot thoroughly with a clean towel, then allow to air dry thoroughly. Cleaning agents remaining in the fabric will lead to increased soiling or odors.
4. If a solvent is required for cleaning, apply it to a clean, white cloth. This cloth should then be gently rubbed onto the stain. A separate clean, white cloth should then be pressed onto the fabric to blot up the stain. Repeated applications may be required. Do not apply solvent directly to the fabric or soak the fabric with a solvent. Read all warning labels prior to using any chemical or solvent. Test solvent first in an inconspicuous area on the fabric. After spot cleaning, clean entire surface area. Also, never rub in the solution as rubbing can deepen the stain and fray the fabric barriers causing more damage to your chairs.
These products contain solvents that chemically attack set in stains. Some of our favorites are:
Resolve Stain Remover
Tuff Stuff Multi-Purpose Foam Cleanser
Folex Stain Remover
BISSELL Spot & Stain Fabric and Upholstery Cleaner
5. Household bleach may be used on 100% polyolefin fabrics at a dilution of 50% water / 50% bleach. Apply gently with a clean, lint-free, white, cloth, repeatedly pressing lightly into the stain with the cloth dabbed in the solution. Remember to rinse and extract the liquid thoroughly with clean water.
Do not allow bleach to contact materials around the fabric, as these may discolor. Inadequate extraction of the bleach may cause bleach transfer to clothing materials**. All liquid must be extracted from the fabric at time of cleaning to prevent potential mold growth. The fabric should be dried thoroughly before reusing. The need for bleach to remove stains is rare and usually unnecessary.
When to Call a Professional
In the event that the stains do not come out after you clean them, it’s time to call in a professional.
How to Clean Steel Chair Frames
Kingdom Chairs are manufactured with powder coated 16-gauge steel. Maintaining steel is easy.
Use a light solution of soap or non-caustic cleaning agents to periodically wipe down the frames and remove surface dirt and perspiration residue with a clean white cloth. If you use a cleaner, avoid ones that are abrasive as that can erode some powder coated finishes.
That’s all you need to do to keep your chairs looking new for years to come!