Removing Stains on Vinyl Upholstery

Step By Step Guide to Removing Stains on Vinyl Upholstery

Vinyl is strong enough to withstand multiple kinds of abuse. The material is used in different settings, from table cloths to clothing, flooring to upholstery,

There are various reasons why vinyl is so popular. For example, it is inexpensive and resistant to cracking, staining, and tearing.

However, hair dye tends to stain vinyl, especially if it dries on the surface. We all know stains can be unsightly.

stained vinyl upholstery

However, if your vinyl is stained, there’s no need to panic. You can remove the stain by yourself without damaging the material. All you need are the right household stain removal products that are both user and environmental-friendly.  Follow the same tips for choosing a carpet cleaner when looking for a stain remover.

Read on to find out how to remove stains from vinyl upholstery. But first, you will need to make a vinyl stain remover.

How to Make Vinyl Stain Remover

You need a solution that will remove the stains on your vinyl upholstery. You can easily make a working solution with some household products.

To make a vinyl stain remover, measure a tablespoon of oil-free dishwasher soap and pour it in a clean bowl or bucket. The oil-free dishwasher soap will prevent any residue from showing on the vinyl.

From there, add a tablespoon of white distilled vinegar and two cups of lukewarm water. Stir the mixture until it forms suds.

Finally, pour the vinyl cleaner in a spray bottle using a funnel.

Now that you have your stain remover, it’s time to work on the vinyl upholstery.

How to Remove Stains from Vinyl Upholstery

Follow the steps below:

1.      Treat the Vinyl Upholster

You need to remove any  dirt or dust particles accumulated on the upholstery before you spray. These debris can form mud once you start spraying, and stain the vinyl further. Use a soft cloth to wipe and remove the particles.

If the dirt is too much, you can use a vacuum cleaner to remove it. We recommend the Shark Flex DuoClean Ultra-Light Upright Corded Vacuum HV391. This is the best corded stick vacuum cleaner on the market.

After dusting the surface, you can now apply the solution.

image of someone cleaning vinyl car seats

Use as much cleaning solution as you want. However, be careful when cleaning. For example, use a little cleaner for vinyl seats to prevent moisture from finding its way to the cushion.

2.      Remove the Stains

Let the vinyl cleaner rest on the stain for several minutes or a bit longer, depending on how stubborn the stain is. After this, scrub the area with a lint-free towel. Too much scrubbing will not damage the vinyl as the stain tends to adhere to the cleaning material.

Wipe down the vinyl to ascertain there are no stains left. If you still notice some stains, repeat the above procedure.

Cleaning Vinyl Fabric

Vinyl fabric is used on various items, including interior car furnishing, boat seats, furniture, and clothing. The material is simply plastic made from petroleum.

Vinyl is popular since it’s durable and resistant to water, soil, and dirt. Products made from the material are resilient if well taken care of.

Follow the simple steps below to properly take care of vinyl upholstery:

·         Vacuum the fabric

Start with vacuuming to get rid of debris and dust particles. Every vinyl fabric, including car seat covers and home furnishings, should be vacuumed before you start cleaning.

image of someone vacuuming vinyl car seats

·         Clean the Fabric

Water and mild detergent are perfect cleaning agents for vinyl fabric. Wipe the vinyl to remove dirt using a soft cloth or sponge and soapy water.

Clean the fabric regularly to prevent grime from accumulating.

·         Avoid Harsh Cleaners

Don’t use harsh solvents to clean vinyl fabric, save for some commercial sprays.

Check the spray container for directions before use. If you doubt how safe the product is, use a small amount on an invisible part of  the fabric to see how it reacts to the clean.

·         Remove Resistant Stains

Use cheap hair spray or rub alcohol to remove stains or any other marks on vinyl upholstery. For other resistant blemishes, use a solution of 90% water and 10% bleach. Make sure you test the cleaner on the fabric before applying it on the visible parts.

·         Storing a Boat with Vinyl Seats

Boats with vinyl fabric seats are more vulnerable to mildew and mold since they are repeatedly exposed to moisture and water. Therefore, avoid storing them in boat houses as they are usually warm and damp.

To clean boat seats properly, wipe the vinyl fabric to remove any moisture that can encourage the growth of molds and mildew.

Follow the above guide to remove stains from vinyl upholstery.

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