Dining Chairs Cleaning Guide

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso

How often do you clean the chairs at your dining table? For most of us, the answer is not often enough. Splashes, spills, and sticky fingers all contribute to the accumulating gunk on your seat, even if you can’t see it at first glance. Routinely cleaning your chairs will make this task easier, keep furniture looking newer for longer, and your future self will thank you next time you plan on entertaining. Before taking any cleaning products to your armchair, stool or bench, look up care instructions from your seat’s manufacturer if possible. That being said, not all chairs are manufactured equally. The cleaning instructions for plastic furniture vastly differ from those of leather or metal. Here’s a quick primer based on your seat’s material. 

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1. Wipe away crumbs, dust, dirt with a dry cloth.

2. Apply an all-purpose cleaner directly onto chair or non-abrasive sponge and scrub surface.

3. Wipe down with a clean and dampened soft cloth.

4. If any stubborn spots remain, use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or make a paste of water and baking soda and repeat steps.

Flash Furniture Elon Series White Plastic Chair with Wood Base, Walmart, $39.06


HOW TO CLEAN A WOOD DINING CHAIR1. Wipe away crumbs, dust, dirt with a dry cloth.

2. Wipe down seat, back, and legs with a dry microfiber cloth

3. For stickier spots, dampen the microfiber cloth and apply light pressure on residue. If the cloth is too wet, it can damage the wood finish.

4. Finish with wood polish and conditioner, such as Howard Feed-N-Wax (optional).

Deskins Solid Wood Dining Chair, Wayfair, $272.99



1. Wipe away crumbs, dust, dirt with a dry cloth.

2. Clean all metal surfaces with a mild dish soap and water on a sponge or cloth. Avoid abrasive products and cleaners because it can rust or scratch surface.

3. For stubborn, ingrained dirt or grime, you may opt for a natural or non-abrasive multi-purpose cleaner.

4. Completely dry metal surface with cloth.

5. You can use Lime-A-Way or a similar product on tough rust stains.

Trattoria Side Chair, Poly & Bark, $65



1. Wipe away crumbs, dust, dirt with a microfiber cloth or vacuum.

2. Dampen a clean cloth and add a small amount of liquid dish soap or wipe it across a bar of mild soap and clean the leather. Make sure to spot test first before applying all over furniture.

3. Do not rinse off soapy solution. Instead, buff the leather with a clean, dry cloth.

4. Clean any remaining problem areas with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.

Glamour Home Alary Dining Chair (set of 2), Hayneedle, $171.46



1. Clean up crumbs, dust, dirt with a vacuum or large lint roller

2. Wipe fabric with a mild dish soap and water on a sponge or cloth. 

3. Clean off remaining residue with wet cloth.

4. Pat dry with paper towel.

5. Some upholstery cannot be cleaned with water; in this case, apply the same method with either vodka or vinegar (the scent will dissipate as the furniture dries).

Savis Chair, Article, $299

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso
Dani is House One’s assistant editor. As a Norwalk, CT native, Dani graduated from UConn with a BA in Digital Media and Design. This millennial longs for the days of All That, Tamagotchis, and Dunkaroos. When she’s not working, she’s hanging outdoors, playing with her dogs, or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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