How to Clean Church Pew Seats Made of Polyolefin Fabric

Written by jaimie zinski
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Polyolefin is a thermoplastic polymer that is used in the production of several goods, including shrink wrap, other food packaging and carpeting. Fabric that is constructed from polyolefin is non-porous and will resist staining, making it an attractive covering for furnishings, including church pews. Cleaning a polyolefin church pew involves using the correct cleaning materials.

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Things you need

  • Paper towel
  • White hand towels
  • Wet/dry vac
  • 2 tbsp dish soap
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 gallon warm water
  • Damp cloth

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  1. 1

    Soak up any remaining liquid with paper towel.

  2. 2

    Wet a white hand towel with plain water and carefully blot at the stain.

  3. 3

    Vacuum the area with a wet/dry vac to remove any remaining moisture and examine the stain. If the stain is removed, stop cleaning. If it persists, continue to the next step.

  4. 4

    Prepare a mixture of 2 tbsp liquid dish soap, 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/2 gallon warm water.

  5. 5

    Wet the corner of a soft cloth with the mixture and blot at the stained area.

  6. 6

    Rinse away the cleanser with warm water.

  7. 7

    Remove the remaining moisture by drying the polyolefin cloth by dabbing at it with a white hand towel. Any remaining moisture is then removed with the wet/dry vac.

  8. 8

    Wipe down the remainder of the seat that is not stained with a damp cloth. Polyolefin is non-porous and when no further stains are present, the cloth will be cleaned with the use of water alone.

  9. 9

    Dry off the areas that were cleaned with a white hand towel to remove any remaining moisture.

Tips and warnings

  • Remove crayon, gum or lipstick from the polyolefin fabric with nail polish remover containing acetone. Rinse away the nail polish remover with warm water and dry it with a soft cloth and a wet/dry vac.

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