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User Topic: Cleaning old vinyl chairs?
EvenKeel
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Question  Posted: 10:52 AM, April 14th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I bought some old (but darn sturdy) restaurant chairs.

The seat/back are covered in that old vinyl. From the age and restaurant....they are very dirty. What is the best way to get years of yuck off of them? I was going to take them outside and use a hose and cleaner on them. I was thinking maybe Dawn to cut all that diner grease? Someone else said MeanGreen is great on that. Anyone have any other ideas?

I expect it to be a job & a half complete with a toothbrush and lots of elbow grease but am looking for something that will help eat away that dirt and grime without ruining that vinyl?

There is always such a wealth of ideas on here so I thought I would give the SI phone-a-friend a shot!


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scaredyKat
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Default  Posted: 11:03 AM, April 14th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Mr. Clean sponges!


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Dreamboat
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Default  Posted: 12:02 PM, April 14th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Oxyclean (powder form) does a really good job cutting thru kitchen grease, better than Dawn and better than bleach. It is harsh on your hands so use gloves. I put it in a bucket of hot water with a little dish soap.

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LisaP
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Default  Posted: 12:17 PM, April 14th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Grease lighting! This is the BEST stuff for cutting through grim.

With anything I would test a hidden area.


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EvenKeel
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Default  Posted: 12:25 PM, April 14th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

With anything I would test a hidden area.

Yeah - that is what I was thinking. I knew the material is pretty durable but given the age I don't want to eat a hole through it!

I knew they would be dirty just given where they came from but some of the vinyl has that tacky-effect going on....ewwwwww. So I am hoping to be able to restore them to just clean and ugly versus dirty and ugly.


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Thriving
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Default  Posted: 9:32 PM, April 14th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

For tough jobs, I like Simple Green, straight up, not diluted. Spray it on, wait a couple minutes and then attack with a microfiber cloth. It may take a few applications but it won't harm the vinyl.


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Default  Posted: 9:46 PM, April 14th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Im a house cleaner by profession. My #1 degreaser is Original Dawn dish soap. This stuff is a miracle cleaner. It's gentle on the vinyl, but it's highly effective in breaking down grease and grime. The greased lightning will do the trick, it just may be a little harsh for old vinyl. Just put a Tbsp in 2 -3 cups of hot water, apply with a scrubby sponge, wipe clean with a damp towel, repeat till clean.


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TrulyReconciled
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Default  Posted: 2:32 PM, April 15th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Soft Scrub with Bleach
Kaboom

Use them with a Mr. Clean sponge


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tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 3:51 PM, April 15th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

personally I love concocting my own cleaning mixes, I would say with vinyl you should use a mixture of barkeepers friend, or comit with dawn. That should cut through it all quickly, and of course SUPER HOT WATER.

I am the granddaughter of a first generation scrubby Dutch German. She used the hottest water she could find to clean almost anything. We used to call her asbestos fingers because no one else could stand it.....guess who has asbestos fingers now. (points thumbs toward self) This Girl.


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