Saving vintage upholstery

As part of our bedroom makeover, I’ve been wanting to add a little seating area where I can chillax and maybe read a book or two. So after looking around town for something with a bit of vintage flair, I  found this beautiful chair on Kijiji for only $40!

vintage chair with stain

I absolutely loved the vintage gold and green damask upholstery and the intricate design in the wood, but I noticed there was a tiny stain on the seat and knew that it would forever bug me.

vintage upholstery with stain

So, I did some research to find out what are some of the best cleaners for vintage upholstery and, after reading this article on, I decided to try Folex. It advertises itself as an Instant Carpet Spot Remover and is excellent for removing old stains on upholstery. Also, according to their website, Folex is “Non-Toxic, completely non-irritating to normal skin; Non-Flammable, contains no solvents of any kind; Odor-Free, no unpleasant chemicals; CFC and Petroleum Free.”

folex stain remover

You can find detailed instructions here on how to use it, but basically, you just spray the spot, agitate it with your finger and press the stain out with a clean cloth. I was a bit skeptical of this method so I may have gone a little bit overboard with using the clean cloth as more of a scrubber than a gentle blotter…. oh well. I still got amazing results!! I can’t see the stain anywhere!

vintage upholstery stain removed

I also sanded and painted the arms and legs white to freshen it up a bit. I think it fits in really well now with the rest of room.

vintage chair stain removed

I still have a few more projects left to do before the bedroom is complete but I’ll definitely be done before the end of the month, so check back soon!

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