How to Remove Stains From a Lounge

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Stains on a lounge chair are cringe-worthy, especially if you are about to have a guest sit down on one. Stains happen---they are a part of life, but so is getting rid of them. Knowing what fabric your lounge is made from is crucial when attempting to remove stains. Once you know, you will likely be able to remove whatever stain plagues your furniture and allow guests to once again visit without worrying about the unsightly spot.

Things You'll Need

  • Dull knife or spoon
  • Mild detergent
  • White cloth
  • White vinegar
  • Solvent
  • Look at the tag on your lounge chair to determine what type of cleaner works best on the material. If the tag says "W," it can be cleaned with a water-based solution or mild detergent. If the tag bears an "S," it means to spot-clean with a solvent in a well-ventilated room. An "SW" on the tag means the lounge can be cleaned with either of the aforementioned ways, and an "X" means the lounge can only be vacuumed.

  • Remove as much of the stain or soiled area as you can. For instance, use a dull knife or spoon to scrape away any food or other material that remains on the stain.

  • Pour 5 tsp. of mild detergent into 1 gallon of cool or warm water, if your lounge can be cleaned with a water-based solution. Dip a white cloth into the mixture and blot the stain with the liquid. Allow the water-based solution to soak on the spot for a few minutes, then blot up excess liquid with another cloth. Repeat the process again if the stain remains.

  • Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water together to use for greasy stains on lounges that can be cleaned with water-based products. Blot the area with the liquid and allow it to soak for a few minutes. Blot up excess liquid with a white cloth and allow to dry. Repeat the process until the stain is removed.

  • Apply a small amount of solvent---available for purchase at most grocery stores--onto a white cloth and dab it onto the stain, if your lounge can be cleaned with solvents. Mix 1 tbsp. of a pH-balanced detergent with 1 cup of warm water and blot the stain with this mixture. Blot the area with a clean, dry towel when the stain is gone. Repeat the process again if the stain is stubborn.

Tips & Warnings

  • Vacuuming your lounge first can help to remove any solid particles from the stain.
  • Always test the cleaners on an inconspicuous part of the lounge before applying them to the stain.

References

  • Photo Credit Matthew Wakem/Digital Vision/Getty Images
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