Tuesday, September 4, 2012

{Did I Pin a Win?} Microfiber Stains

 I must tell y'all, I'm a little embarrassed to even publish this...  Let me start by saying five years ago, my husband and I were kid-less, and we both worked.  Imagine two young people in love running hand-in-hand through fields of wild flowers and money.  Now flash-forward five years and  you have two haggard people chasing crazy kids down the Wal-Mart toy aisle.

Don't get me wrong.  My kids are so very precious to me, and they have taught me more about love, selflessness, and joy.  But they have also taught me about patience, stains, and the power that a single wet-wipe can yield.

We recently discovered, like Audrey and her husband, we too are going to have a third little boy to add to the chaos and awesomeness that is our family.  After the shock wore off, we were both so very excited, and now we can not wait to meet the new little guy.

Soooooo, I'm basically just warming you all up for why my kitchen chairs look like this.

Not only are there random food and drink splotches, but there are pen markings and acrylic paint that have been there since last Christmas.

Nothing says "Welcome to dinner" like crusted over chair cushions.  Luckily, I found this pin on Pinterest, and I decided I had nothing to lose.  I might as well give it a try.

Step 1: Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol.

Step 2: Soak the cushion with the alcohol.

Step 3: Scrub like you've never scrubbed before.

I used this scrub brush instead of a sponge because...well, you saw my chairs right?

And here are my results.

Impressed?  I was!  Yes, I know they're not perfect.  There's still subtle stains there, but at least there's no more threat of disease and plague from sitting on them.

Here's a side-by-side of the same chairs.

Notice, most of the acrylic paint, and all of the pen markings came off!  I must say, I definitely pinned a win with this one.  Even three boys don't stand a chance against my findings from Pinterest. ;)


  1. Holy smokes, that's impressive. I, too, have some funky kitchen chairs thanks to two little ones (also soon to be three). But my chair upholstery is chenille, so off to Pinterest I go!

  2. Mine are chenille too. and NASTY! If you find a good solution, please share back!! I'm afraid the only rescue is new coverings. :-(

  3. Wow! Those chairs turned out great! Audrey, thanks so much for stopping by Posed Perfection today and leaving me a sweet comment about my fabric rosette tree. Hope you have a great week!

  4. May I borrow your scrub brush, Amber?

  5. Wow, that looks so much better. I had the same problem, but got tired of cleaning my chairs. Finally, I grabbed a screwdriver and a staple gun, ripped off my old nasty fabric, and reupholstered mine with vinyl. Seriously, the best decision I have made since becoming a Mom! All it takes is a wet rag and they look perfect. :)

  6. Outstanding, I'm your newest follower. Thank you for a great tip!
    PS...Mine are 15 & 18 y/o and we're still staining! :)