How to clean vinyl chairs

Updated February 21, 2017

Vinyl is a man-made material that can best be described as a plastic fabric. It is commonly used because it is extremely durable and easy to clean. Vinyl is used for car interiors, high chairs, as upholstery on kitchen or dining room chairs and on outdoor furniture. However, improper care of vinyl can damage it. To properly clean your vinyl chairs, it is important to follow these instructions to ensure the use of your chairs for years to come.

Using the bristle brush, thoroughly brush off any dust, crumbs or other debris from the vinyl chair. Pay special attention to the seams of the chair, where dirt can become stuck.

Soak the rag in warm, clean, sudsy water and wring out the rag. Wipe down the entire surface of the vinyl chair. Be careful not to get the vinyl too wet, or it could damage the vinyl or the padding inside of the chair.

For outdoor furniture, a more aggressive cleaning approach can be taken. After thoroughly wiping down the chair with soapy water, use a garden hose to rinse it. The increased water pressure from the hose can also be helpful to remove any stubborn dirt and debris.

For stubborn stains, apply a small amount of white spirit to the stain and then wipe clean with a clean dry rag. Rinse the vinyl with clean water to ensure all of the white spirit have been removed.


Always use white spirit in a well ventilated area.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean bristle brush
  • Warm water
  • Mild soap
  • Clean rag
  • White spirit
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