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By wendy

My Laundry Question

I have dining chairs that are covered in a cotton damask?/ look silky in cream,friend tried to clean them with water and detergent and has left water marks all over love the chairs is there any way back to normal ? chairs not easy to recover and are piped edging

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water and detergent,original stains were coffee and general use ,coffee stain was mopped with cold water from inside out which reduced the stain but is still very prominent the main problem now is the water marks around the edges of the chairs which are very distinct

Lessons Learned

Don't let friends nearr chairs

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

cotton damask

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

I'm sure your friend had only the best intentions. I think with a bit of patience and care you can get those chair seats looking much better.

Begin by filling a clean spray bottle with warmed distilled water. Mist the stained area and gently blot from the outside of the stained area to the inside using a clean white cloth. Make sure to blot with a clean area of the cloth each time to prevent "re-staining" the fabric. If the stains are gone, hold a hair dryer on a low setting 6 to 8 inches away and dry the area.

After drying completely if the spot is still there, try a mixture of a 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to 2 cups water in the spray bottle. Again, blot with a clean white cloth doing a small area at a time and work from the outside of the stains to the inside. Don't wet too heavily and dry very well with the hair dryer or a fan to prevent mildew from forming in the padding.

Good luck!

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