Cleaning Bar Stools

15th May 2019

Having acquired your bar stools let us help you to keep them in pristine condition, ‘just as they were when new’ Different types of bar stools will require a different approach when cleaning, but for basic maintenance on all types of bar stools you will require:

  • A bucket/bowl for hot soapy (washing up liquid) water
  • A soft bristle brush
  • A lint-free clean soft cloth and a microfibre cloth

After you have dusted your bar stools with a soft clean cloth, proceed to wipe them with a microfibre cloth dipped in a warm soapy solution with the excess water squeezed out. If there are stubborn stains which remain then is the time to decide which approach to take next.


Cleaning Fabric Bar Stools

For more stubborn stain removal a little more pressure will be required. For a greasy or oil-based stain, a small amount of neat detergent gently worked into the fabric, wiped clean and then repeat the process, which should see the stain lighten and disappear.

If your bar stools have had a lot of use, particularly if you have been entertaining family and friends and food and drink has been spilt you may find a few extra stains to deal with.

If you have children, you may already be familiar with the removal of ketchup stains.

Firstly scrape away any excess ketchup from the upholstery, mix a solution of two cups of cool water with one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid.

Use the solution with a clean white cloth and gently rub the stain and dry, and repeat the process until the stain fades. If the stain is particularly stubborn, a solution of 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of liquid soap mixed with 2 cups of warm water, used to blot the stain until it disappears.

Red wine is another red coloured culprit which often stains our bar stools. If the spillage has just occurred blot - don’t rub - the excess liquid with kitchen roll or a clean cloth.

There are few popular solutions which are regularly used on red wine stains and can often depend on what you have to hand in your home. Sparkling water, or covering the stain with white wine - it takes the pigment out of the red wine !!

Baking soda sprinkled over the stain or a baking soda paste is also a well used method.

With Curry stains, it is advisable to act quickly if any is spilt on your fabric bar stools as the tumeric in the curry causes the stain.

Remove any excess curry by blotting with kitchen roll. Use a clean white cloth with a solution of white vinegar and washing up liquid to blot at the stain. Keep going until you think the curry colour cannot fade anymore.

Leave for an hour then rinse away the solution with a clean cloth soaked in clean water. If all else fails, try rubbing alcohol to blot the stain. It is important to remember to dab the stain dry after using liquid on it.

Before putting any strong stain removal on fabric it is advisable to do a test on a small unseen area.

For ink stains work some rubbing alcohol gently into the stain, leave for a while and then rub gently with a clean dry cloth, and repeat if the stain requires it

Applying a stain guard to the fabric of the bar stool will protect it from everyday use.

Cleaning Faux Leather Bar Stools

Faux leather bar stools often have a heavy metal base and a lightweight faux leather fabric, which unfortunately can become easily damaged with cracks and scratches, and therefore requires a gentle cleaning process

It is possible to purchase a professional cleaning product to do this, or a homemade cleaning kit could suffice if the bar stool is not too badly stained and just requires a ‘freshen up’.

Warm water mixed with a gentle washing up liquid, a non-abrasive cloth, a microfibre cloth, a dry sponge or paper towels and for some added protection some baby oil are all that is required.

Before cleaning the bar stool it is advisable to test a small area and if this is acceptable continue by dipping a cloth into the warm soapy solution, squeezing out the excess water and proceed to gently wipe the faux leather before drying with a microfibre cloth.

To nourish the faux leather and prevent it from cracking, wipe the seat with a dry paper towel to remove any dust particles which may have settled, and apply a small amount of baby oil to a dry sponge and wipe over the seat.

Allow this to dry naturally and your bar stool will be in pristine condition.

Cleaning Wooden Bar Stools

Wooden bar stools are stunning in appearance, keeping them looking this way is helped by regular maintenance.

Begin by dusting the stools and then use a damp cloth to collect any dust that may have settled on the wood.

To clean the wood, use a solution of warm water and a mild detergent gently working along the grain of the wood and pat dry with a dry cloth to avoid the wood staying wet for too long.

If there are any stubborn stains on the wood a cloth with a spot of white spirit should remove them, but most importantly spot test on a hidden area first before fully committing.

When the wood is completely dry spray a small amount of furniture polish on a clean cloth and wipe the surface of the wood to create perfectly clean bar stools.

Cleaning Acrylic Bar Stools

Acrylic bar stools are extremely popular as they come in a wide variety of colours and are incredibly easy to maintain as they don’t require any special products to keep them looking good and there is no worry about spills or stains.

Regularly dust your acrylic bar stool using a feather duster or microfibre cloth. To remove any marks a damp cloth should suffice, and if the mark is stubborn to remove a baby wipe should do the trick.

If you find your acrylic bar stool is badly scratched you may need to purchase some 800 grit and 1200 grit sandpaper and some plastic polish.

Start the process by soaking the 800 grit sandpaper in water and then with a circular motion rub gently against the scratched area for a few minutes, then soak the 1200 grit sandpaper and repeat the process until all of the scratches have disappeared.

Dry with a soft cloth and then use a different dry cloth to apply the plastic polish.

An important factor when cleaning acrylic is not to use ammonia as it will cause the material to become cloudy. It is advisable to always check ingredients of any cleaning product.

Cleaning & Maintaining Metal Bar Stool Frames

And finally to the maintenance and care of the metal/steel frame of your bar stools.

It is important to take care of any metalwork which features in your furniture as metal can rust easily, but is pretty resistant to general spillage and stains.

Any spilt wine or dropped food will wipe away easily with a damp cloth, and dry with a tea towel or microfibre cloth. If any stains are stubborn to remove, a solution of white vinegar should solve the problem.

Additionally using a lubricant like WD40 or baby oil will protect the metal and leave it looking as good as new.

We hope some of the information helps in the care of your bar stools.

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