A fabric armchair looks lovely in your living room and provides both comfort and style to the decor of your home, but how do you make sure that this beautiful piece of furniture stays nice? Follow these steps to deep clean your fabric armchair without fear of ruining it or harming yourself!

With a Steam Cleaner

Fabric chairs are notorious for absorbing stains and odors over time. Luckily, cleaning these types of chairs is much easier than it may seem. Fabric chairs cleaning should begin by vacuuming the fabric to remove any loose dirt or debris that’s been embedded into the fabric. Next, use your steam cleaner with an upholstery tool attachment to deep clean the fabric chair. This will help loosen tough stains and kill any bacteria that may be lingering on the fabric. Remove any cushions from the chair and use your steam cleaner’s upholstery tool attachment again to thoroughly vacuum underneath the cushions while they’re off of the chair.

With OxiClean

  • Clean the upholstery with white vinegar in a bucket of cold water. Fill the bucket halfway and add 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Mix it up with your hand to dissolve the vinegar, and then fill it to the top with water. 
  • Take an old brush or paintbrush that is not being used anymore, dip it into the bucket, and scrub away any dirt on the upholstery. 
  • After scrubbing for about 5 minutes, use another cloth to wipe away all traces of dirt. 
  • Remember to wring out your brush or rag before using them again, so they don’t leave behind any excess dirt on your furniture from previous stains.
  • Allow your furniture to dry completely before sitting on it.
  • With proper care, your furniture will last much longer and require less cleaning.

With Baking Soda

  1. Fill the bucket with warm water and add enough baking soda to create a bubbly, sudsy solution. 
  2. Place the chair in the bucket and let it soak for about thirty minutes or until it’s completely covered in bubbles. 
  3. Scrub any dirty areas of the chair with either soap or an old toothbrush, then rinse by pouring fresh water over the chair and scrubbing off any remaining residue with your hand or dishcloth. 
  4. Dry the chair out by standing it upright on its legs and making sure no water is trapped inside of crevices of the seat before placing it somewhere that will allow it to air dry overnight (such as outside).
  5. Once it’s dry, wipe down and polish any areas that still look slightly grimy with furniture polish or a microfiber cloth for an added touch of shine.


Fabric chairs can get pretty grimy from repeated use, spills, and other events. Fabric furniture can usually be restored to its original condition with some elbow grease, time, and the above tips for fabric chairs cleaning.