How to Remove Water Stains From a Fabric Chair

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How to Remove Water Stains From a Fabric Chair
Wipe up spills immediately to avoid leaving water stains on your fabric chair. (transitional style chair image by James Phelps from

Finding a water stain on your fabric chair is disheartening. Water stains leave behind a visible discolouration that alters the appearance of the entire chair. Whether a glass of water was spilt and not cleaned up promptly, or a wet rag was left sitting on the fabric, it is important to treat water stains on fabric properly so the problem doesn't get worse.

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Things you need

  • Rag
  • Paper towels
  • Heavy object
  • Fan or hairdryer

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  1. 1

    Moisten the affected area of the fabric chair with a wet rag. The area should be thoroughly moistened, but not soaking wet.

  2. 2

    Stack paper towels until the stack is approximately 1/8-inch thick. Place the stack of paper towels on top of the stained area of the fabric. Place a heavy object such as a glass vase or heavy pan on top of the paper towels.

  3. 3

    Apply air from a fan or a hairdryer to the area to transfer the moisture from the fabric to the paper towels. Hold the fan or hairdryer about 6 inches from the fabric. Apply the air until the fabric has dried. If using a hairdryer, make sure to use only the cool setting.

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