Q. I have heavy fabric thrift store chairs. They are wonderful but extremely dusty. I have tried beating the heck out of them and vacuuming them but they still have a ton of dust! How do I get rid of the dust once and for all?? -Kelsey C.
A. I’m happy to hear you have some cool thrift store chairs. I hope the fabric is great enough that it’s worth all of this extra dusting. If you can decipher what type of fabric you have it will make it easier in the cleaning process, should it ever get stained. Luckily it’s just dust and that’s a problem with some pretty simple solutions. It really shouldn’t have to be a difficult task to keep dust off of your furniture. Try these out and decide which one works best for you.
This is my favorite easy solution. Lint rollers are great on that super heavy upholstery fabric as well as lamp shades. Just do the occasional once over and you’re done. Yes you do have to do it periodically, but it’s crazy easy to do.
For the best results use the upholstery attachment that should come with just about every vacuum out there. If you don’t have one of these, try a bristle brush and then follow-up with a vacuum. Basically you want to lift up as much dust as possible in order to really get the dust out. Plus do it before they begin to get covered in dust, and it makes for a much nicer process.
Be sure you are using a spray that is safe on your fabric. Swiffer makes some great dust repellant sprays that also smell nicely. It helps to repel the dust so that it doesn’t even want to stick to it. As with everything you want to do it frequently in order to keep that dust away entirely.
In order to wipe down the fabric cleanly, use a cloth that has no static cling. Avoid a cloth that has had fabric softener used on it. Look for something with a microfiber, as it attracts dust and lifts it, rather than just moves it around.
Buy or make your own pillows to add to your chair. I’d recommend getting a fabric that is smooth and easy to clean. Doing this will allow for the fabric on the chair to be hidden a bit by something that is easier to deal with. If you have a big enough chair you can even add a throw over the back. That’s a great dust collector that you can just throw in the wash.
If the fabric is that hard to handle, perhaps you have think about having it re-upholstered. It may not be very costly to take it somewhere. Or, try to do it yourself. Of course it depends on your chair and fabric, but this tutorial from Four Generations One Roof is great, and it might make for a fun weekend project. Plus you can start to think about what you will do with all that time that you’re not dusting. My advice on fabric, try to stick with something thicker as it’s easier to do, and buy extra. Always buy extra fabric!