How to Clean Dining Chair Cushions

Your dining room chairs are probably one of the most used pieces of furniture in your home. Over time, the cushions can become stained and smelly. Dining chair cushions can easily get stained and dirty. In order to keep them looking new, it is important to clean them on a regular basis. 

Today, we’re going to show you the easy way to clean them and get them looking and smelling like new.

How to Clean Dining Chair Cushions

Dining chair cushions are often forgotten about when it comes to cleaning, but they can get just as dirty as the rest of your furniture. In fact, dining chair cushions can be a breeding ground for bacteria if not cleaned regularly. Here’s how to clean dining chair cushions so that they stay looking and smell fresh.

Will Vinegar Remove the Dining Chair Stain?

Vinegar is a great way to naturally remove stains from fabrics. To clean the cushions, mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and shake it well. 

Spray the mixture onto the cushion and let sit for 10-15 minutes before lightly scrubbing with an old toothbrush. If needed, you can use a soft cloth to scrub away the stain. Rinse with clean water and then use a dry towel to blot up any remaining moisture.

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1. Remove the Cushions

The first step in cleaning dining chair cushions is to remove them from the chairs. This will allow you to access the cushions more easily and will also prevent you from getting any cleaner on the chairs themselves. If the cushions are attached, such as with Velcro or ties, then simply undo them and lift the cushion off of the chair. Although it may take a few extra minutes, it is always important to ensure the cushions are completely removed before proceeding with any cleaning.

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2. Vacuum the Cushions

Once the cushions are removed, vacuum them to remove any loose dirt or debris. Be sure to vacuum both sides of the cushions and pay special attention to any crevices or folds. However, do not use the vacuum cleaner’s brush attachment because this could damage the cushion’s fabric. Although vacuuming won’t get rid of all the dirt, it will help to loosen any particles, which can make the cleaning process much easier.

3. Spot Clean Any Stains

If there are any stains on the cushions, spot-clean them with a mild detergent. Be sure to test the detergent on an inconspicuous area of the cushion first to ensure that it does not damage or discolor the fabric. If the fabric is too delicate for detergent, then a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water can be used.

To spot-clean, the stain, apply the detergent or the vinegar/water mixture directly to the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Then gently scrub the area with a soft-bristled brush, and blot it dry with a clean cloth.

4. Machine Wash if Possible

If the care label on the cushion indicates that it is machine washable, wash it in cold water on the delicate cycle. If the cushion is not machine washable, proceed to step 5. While the cushion is in the washing machine, add a mild detergent and an upholstery-safe fabric softener to maintain the fabric’s softness. Make sure to run the machine on a gentle cycle and avoid using extremely hot water.

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5. Hand Wash in a Sink

Fill a sink with cold water and add a mild detergent. Submerge the cushion in the water and agitate it gently to loosen any dirt or stains. Let the cushion soak for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it thoroughly with cold water. While rinsing, continue to agitate the cushion until all of the detergents are removed. If the cushion is still dirty or stained, repeat the process until it is clean. However, do not soak the cushion in detergent for more than 15 minutes, as this could damage the fabric.

6. Air Dry or Dry Flat

Once the cushion is clean, allow it to air dry or dry flat in a well-ventilated area. Do not put the cushion in a clothes dryer, as this could damage the fabric. If possible, lay the cushion outside in direct sunlight as this will help to disinfect it. While drying, occasionally fluff the cushion to maintain its shape. However, do not put the cushion in a dryer, as this could cause shrinkage.

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7. Fluff Up Any Clumps of Filling

Once the cushion is dry, fluff up any clumps of filling with your hands or a fork. This will help to keep the cushion looking full and plump. Try to avoid using a brush, as this could break up the filling and cause it to lose its shape. However, if the cushion has large clumps of filling, then gently use a brush to fluff it up. Although it may take a few extra minutes, it is important to fluff the cushion up so that it looks and feels as good as new.

8. Replace Cushion Covers if Needed

If the cushion covers are stained or damaged, they can be replaced with new ones. Simply measure the old covers and purchase new ones that are identical in size. Sewing new covers is also an option if you are unable to find covers that fit perfectly. 

If the cushion covers are not removable, then spot-cleaning them is the best option. Make sure to use a mild detergent and test it on a small area before cleaning the entire cover. After spot-cleaning, allow the covers to air dry or dry flat. Once the covers are completely dry, gently fluff them up with your hands to make them look as good as new.

9. Spray the Cushions with Fabric Protector

Once the cushions are dry and clean, spray them with a fabric protector designed for upholstery. This will create an invisible barrier that will help to repel dirt and stains. 

Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying a fabric protector. However, if the cushion is labeled as dry-clean only, then do not apply a fabric protector. Additionally, make sure to vacuum the cushions regularly to prevent dirt and dust from accumulating.

10. Place Cushions Back On Chairs

Once the cushions are clean and protected, place them back on the chairs so they can be enjoyed once again. Although the process of cleaning dining chair cushions may seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be. With the right tools and a bit of patience, your cushions will look as good as new in no time!

Be sure to fluff them up occasionally and vacuum or spot-clean them as needed. With regular maintenance, your dining chair cushions should stay looking great for years to come.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your dining chair cushions look their best and last for many years. Cleaning and maintaining the cushions regularly will help to keep them looking and feeling great while also preserving their lifespan. So don’t wait any longer – get out there and start cleaning!

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Things to Consider When Cleaning Dining Chair Cushions

1. Determine the Material Type:

Before you start to clean your dining chair cushions, it is important that you identify the fabric type and determine what kind of cleaning solution would be best for it. Many types of fabric may require a gentle detergent or spot cleaner, while other, more durable fabrics may require a stronger solution.

2. Vacuum Regularly:

To remove dust and dirt, vacuum your dining chair cushions on a regular basis. This will help keep them looking fresh and new for longer periods of time.

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3. Spot Treat Stains:

It is important to act quickly when dealing with spills or stains on your dining chair cushions. To prevent the stain from setting, blot it gently with a damp cloth and use a spot cleaner for the best results.

4. Air Dry:

When cleaning your dining chair cushions, be sure to air dry them completely before using them again. This will help ensure that there is no mildew or moisture left behind after cleaning, which can cause damage to the fabric over time.

5. Test the Cleaner:

To ensure that you do not damage your dining chair cushions, test a small area of the fabric with the cleaning solution before applying it to the entire cushion. This will allow you to make sure that the solution is safe and that it won’t cause any discoloration or fading of the fabric.


As you can see, there are a few different ways that you can clean your dining chair cushions. Depending on the type of cushion, you will want to use a different method. 

With a little care and elbow grease, your dining chair cushions will be looking like new in no time.  Be sure to vacuum regularly and spot-clean any spills as they happen to prolong the life of your fabrics. If you have any questions about how to clean your specific type of cushion, be sure to contact the manufacturer.

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Adrian Green

Adrian is a woodworking hobbyist and has loved Woodworking since he was 10 years old. Back then in childhood, his father used to have a furniture shop. He used to help his dad and learned a lot from him about how to fix woodworking furniture, basic carpentry knowledge and also about how to work hard and take care of business. He enjoys woodworking as a hobby. He loves the feeling of creating something with his own hands, and the satisfaction that comes from seeing his finished products used by others.

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