Restoring vinyl furniture can be quite an easy task if you use the correct process. Many get rid of their vinyl furniture just because they do not know how to clean it. If you have found this furniture at a second hand store or a yard sale, you are in luck. With this guide, about an hour of work, and a few cleaning chemicals, you can restore your neglected vinyl furniture and can get it looking brand new again.
Things You Will NeedWhite cloth or paper towels
Vinyl protective finish
Mild detergent and water
Soft bristle brush
Synthetic turpentine or mineral spirits.
Step 1Thoroughly clean the entire piece of furniture with your store bought vinyl cleaner and a white cloth or paper towel. Don't get too worried if everything doesn't come off, other cleaners will be used for more specialized cleaning.
Step 2Inspect the furniture to find what your vinyl cleaner has missed. More than likely marks from shoes, tar, grease, crayon, or cosmetics will be left behind. These marks can easily be removed with a synthetic turpentine or mineral spirits liquid. Use your soft bristle brush (old tooth brush) to help remove any stubborn stains.
Step 3Inspect the furniture one last time to see if any other stains are still present. If chewing gum is found use ice to harden the gum and then carefully chisel the gum off of the furniture and use your synthetic turpentine or mineral spirits liquid to remove any residue left behind.
Step 4Wipe off the entire piece of vinyl with a mild detergent and water mixture to remove any chemicals that may have been left behind. This will help avoid any irritation when these chemicals come in contact with skin.
Step 5Dry your vinyl furniture with a clean white towel and allow it to air dry until completely dry. Apply your store bought vinyl protective finish to aid in the maintenance of your furniture. Applying this will make future cleanings a lot easier and help repel stains. After the complete restoration is done regular cleanings are encouraged. Also catching stains before they are able to soak in is key. Perform regular cleaning with a white towel and a mild detergent mixture.
Tips & WarningsQuickly clean any stains before they soak in.
Wipe any chemicals left behind with a mild detergent.
Read all directions and warnings before using any chemical.