Your Glider cushions were soft and cuddly. They comforted you in your good and bad days and helped you feed your little one until they started looking dingy. Don’t even get me started on the smell.
Been there, done that. Dirty glider cushions are a menace, I can’t agree more. You cannot clean them with a full heart because they are delicate and without zipper covers, and you cannot leave them. They kind of put you in a catch 22 situation.
So, How to Clean Glider Cushions?
Worry not, you are a super mom. I happened to have researched (and used) some of the most reliable and tried solutions out there. These solutions are time tested and kind of a staple for cleaning glider cushions these days.
I know you’re guessing the big deal here, but let me be honest. You cannot just throw your cushions in a wash and deal with them. Of course, you can do that if you are very careful or rich.
So, here you go. All the nondestructive methods of getting your relax and comfort back.
- 1 How To Clean Glider or Rocking Chair Cushions: Top 9 Ways for YOU
How To Clean Glider or Rocking Chair Cushions: Top 9 Ways for YOU
Things you need:
You could think milk stains or diaper mayhem were washable by simply wiping them out. Well, there is good news and bad about that.
First the bad news:
Milk stains are tougher than you think, but the good news is that you can get away with other stains like dirt stains just fine. For both, here are the things that you need overall.
- Portable vacuum with all of its contraptions.
- Borrow some baby wipes.
- Steam cleaner (if you don’t have, don’t worry, just read on)
- A working phone and internet connection (for all the right reasons. Wait, you have these, of course.)
- Rubbing alcohol (surgical spirit, as its called by some)
- Hydrogen peroxide (Costs between $10-$20).
- A Washing Machine.
- Enzyme cleaners if all of the rest don’t work.
- A clean sponge or cloth.
- Spray bottle.
- Hand gloves.
- Lab coat (kidding, you don’t need this)
Woah! Now, this is a list to reckon. No, you don’t need all of them. This list is made by keeping the steps below in mind. Each item is for each step and so, if one step doesn’t work, you can always work your way down the list.
Here are the steps.
1. Vacuum all those crumbs
You know this already, don’t you? You can use your vacuum to suck up all the bread crumbs or dust particles out of unimaginably tight curves and crevices. However, make sure you have the latest model with all those nozzles available. Use each nozzle to clean different particles or materials.
For example, make use of that thin nozzle to clean all the unreachable areas. And use the upholstery attachment to deep clean the cushions.
The purpose of using every tool in your vacuum arsenal is to completely get rid of hard and soft dirt, lint, your hair or if you have a pet, his hair. And besides, this is one of the most convenient and cost-effective ways to clean the cushions. So, it is totally worth it
2. Baby wipes to clean soft stains
If you are wondering how to clean rocking chair cushions in any cheapest way, then this option might be suitable for you.
Did you think your baby wipes were only for your baby? Well, technically, yes, but do you know that you can use them to clean soft stains as well? By soft stains, I mean newly formed blots or patches of unknown things.
The wipes have a careful amount of soap or any other safe cleaning liquid that once rubbed on a soft stain can remove them easily. The bonus point of this method is that your cushions will smell great as well. So, the next time you spill milk on your glider, borrow some baby wipes and clean it on the spot.
You’d thank me because that will help you keep those cushions clean for the times to come. A little precaution goes a long way, after all.
3. Steam cleaners
After vacuum cleaners, the other cleaning machines I trust the most are Steam Cleaners. When it comes to cleaning, there is a slight difference between the two. The vacuum cleaners clean visible dirt, while steam cleaners work on the blots that cannot be sucked out of the upholstery.
There’s also one other difference. A vacuum cleaner can be used readily wherever wanted, while a steam cleaner is kind of a secondary cleaning step. Let me break it to you; using steam cleaner after doing some primary cleaning like using baby wipes can come in handy.
The steam, basically, applies water droplets to the already softened stain and voila! The results are always heartwarming. With all of its cleaning mantras, you should understand that you cannot just steam in a closed room and don’t hope for any suffocation. It’s steam for the love of God.
Make sure you have your windows open and your baby miles away before you can start revving that beast (Yes, I love exaggerating things sometimes).
4. Rubbing alcohol
You know what a Rubbing Alcohol, Right? Some call it surgical spirit. Besides disinfecting and healing wounds, it can easily remove the stains on your Glider or a Rocking chair. Yes, it smells a bit pungent, but that won’t be a big deal for you.
And for the sake of information, alcohols evaporate after some time, thus, leaving no smells lingering around except when you dig your nose deeper into the fabric. No one does that, I know.
So, grab a clean cloth, rub some rubbing alcohol and gently apply to the nasty spot on your cushions. Or you can use a spray bottle to spray some. I prefer the latter because it helps me apply a small amount to stay on the safe side.
As soon as you spray or apply the liquid, use a sponge to gently do away with the extra layers and prevent it from seeping deep into the fabric. Trust me, you wouldn’t want that even though alcohol evaporates, as I said.
This is not over. After the application, leave the liquid to dry and then use a fabric brush to ward off the crumbled stains from the fabric. Once done, use your vacuum cleaner. You can repeat the same steps for your glider’s footstool.
5. Stain removing solution
Now let’s have a DIY approach. Making your own cleaning solution rather than buying online or from a brick and mortar store is way cheaper. Besides, it gives you some time off from your routine to try something new and possibly learn a skill to pass on to your coming breed.
To make this stain removing solution, you need to mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with 2 tablespoons of Hydrogen Peroxide. You know what dishwashing liquid does. Let me tell you that hydrogen peroxide is an excellent cleaning agent.
It removes stains from its roots. The dishwashing liquid balances its, otherwise, negative effects on the fabric. So, don’t worry about it.
Also, make sure that you do not mix the two thoroughly. Just gently work them around with a spoon and fill up a spray bottle. The beauty of this solution is that you can use it on the entire glider and also to clean sofas or other upholstery around your house.
6. Wash them on low settings
Let’s not rule out your washing machine all at once. It’s been helpful in your thick and thin. In terms of cleaning your cushions, it can come in handy as well.
However, whether you can wash them in your machine or not completely depends on the size of the cushions and the size of the tub. If these two agree with each other, then put them in the wash.
Always remember, the cushions are fragile so you must use only low settings. Set the timer for low settings, use lukewarm water, and the sort. Don’t forget to dry them on low settings too.
7. Remove Hard Stains with Enzyme Cleaners
Enzyme cleaners are available in the market at different costs. This is the last method you can try at home before you fail to clean the cushions. And not to mention, use these enzymes on hard to remove stains.
A little science here: Enzymes have components that can digest organic materials, especially proteins, just like that. Your breast milk or any other is a protein. Enzymes, when applied to the stains, digest it, make it soft and easy to remove.
Besides milk, any other food-caused stain can also be taken care of. That very much includes your baby’s diaper contents and his mouth productions (you know what I mean).
As I said, use enzymes only when you think there’s no other way because keeping it uncomplicated is better. I hope you get me.
8. Dry clean
You should only think about this good ol’ technique as a last resort. It has been cleaning fabrics since the dawn of civilization and therefore, it should save your glider from those foul smells and god ugly stains. However, do know that you’d have to open your purse wide enough for all that money to get.
In other words, it is expensive. If you use your money on the right service, your cushions will come out as new. The dry cleaners use a plethora of chemicals and other solvents, not to mention steam and water, to remove every stain there is.
One other advantage of going this way is that it relieves you from cleaning them again and again. A complete dry cleaning session normally takes around a day or two and the freshness it renders lasts for around six or so months. Of course, that is if you keep your things from spilling over and take care of that diaper before it explodes like a volcano.
Besides this, I’ve got some other tips to share from my memory lane. I already feel as if I’m old enough to do that as I said, I’ve been there and I’ve done all of that. Not only mothers got to care for their babies, innit?
9. Call an upholstery cleaner
This might shock you a bit since you want to save your money.
But let’s be honest:
Professional cleaning services fill the space that is left vacant by our unskillful methods. By that I mean, they understand the job and can do better than us.
This is where you need your internet connection and phone. Just open your browser and search for services around. I’ve seen some of them take as low as $50 and the work that they do is always remarkable.
That kind of investment is even low than spending on vacuum cleaners and steam cleaners. So, if you think you can let some stranger touch the most intimate furniture of your baby room, hire a service provider now.
But if you’re like me who have second thoughts about letting some stranger come with their multiple-times used machines and work their way on my glider, then read ahead. I’m not saying that they don’t take care of the cleanliness. It’s just how I am; very protective.
I sure have other ways to tackle the stains.
Tips to keep your glider cushions clean throughout
- Keep baby wipes near you when you’re feeding your baby. Do not wait for the stains. Clean them as soon as you see them on the glider.
- If you want to avoid ruining your glider completely, simply use an afghan blanket to cover it. That is when you want to keep the style in check. If not, you can use any cover when you feed your little one. You can remove it afterward.
- Buy or make covers for the cushions. There are many DIY methods to follow that can teach you making covers. Make sure the fabric you use is waterproof. That way, no liquid will stand on it and you’d be able to clean it with a single swipe. You could even wash it with water and not worry about the fabric underneath.
- Do not clean your glider cushions too often for obvious reasons.
I hope you have found at least 1 out of 9 methods to learn How to Clean Glider Cushions useful and found your perfect solution.
Do let me know which one is your favorite method to clean your glider cushions in the comments below. Thanks.