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Old 02-01-2018, 02:48 PM   #1
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1980's upholstery problem

hi, has anyone had any experience cleaning older 80's seat material. 1985 for me. the trailer may have been closed for years. no damage, no mice, but the material has an oily feel to it that actually seems to stay on your hand after touching the cushion. I tried cleaning a spot. with soap, windex etc. but no luck. this is the 80's striped style. i'm afraid to wash the dinette upholstery in the washer,as it has the vinyl attached. not so for the couch. I think that maybe the polyester material is deteriorating, due to storage. it was chock full of dryer sheets when I got it, good for critters, maybe not so for cloth.it actually has the same oily feel as those dryer sheets. i.m also wary about not getting the 6'6 couch cushions on after washing...thanks
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it actually seems limited to the maroon solid color parts,not the multi colored stripes, and the solid maroon one color lower part of the couch. I guess this may severely limit your resposes as there were a lot of color options.
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While not on early 80's material, we have on other camper upholstery. This was more spot cleaning and do not know if cost wise it is practical but it did work well.

KR2 Spot Remover K2r Spotlifter - Stain remover for clothing, furniture and carpets

You spray it on, it drys to a white power. Then using a dry scrub brush or the cap on the can, you brush it off and then vacuum. It works very well.

You can try it on a small area, if it works then figure out how many cans you may need. Buying that many cans may be the down side.

We have used the Resolve carpet cleaner products on the carpet in the camper. Worked well. They also seems to make a upholstery product. ResolveŽ Upholstery Stain Remover | ResolveŽ

The Resolve may be more economical then the KR2, just I have not used their upholstery product yet to know.

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This thread might help. One of the members rented a upholstery cleaning machine

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I've had good luck with the attachment on a carpet cleaning machine before. You really don't want to pull the covers and wash them (in anything other than cold water especially), because your concern is valid- they will shrink and then you won't get them back on the foam. So washing them on the foam (warm water) with a machine is the best answer.

From what I recall, the fabric in my '86 (Plum) was pretty rough and dry feeling, like a tweed I guess. I don't remember anything that felt oily. I know what you mean about the dryer sheets feeling kinda oily, but I've never had it rub off like that. The dryer sheets are my method of choice for keeping pests away over the winter, so my trailers have quite a few in them.
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thanks guys for the responses...i'll try it all
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I'm having our 1981 Sunline re-upholstered. Not much I could do with 37 year old threads. They have seen a lot and I'm not comfortable using them. And while it costs a bit, it should raise the curb appeal considerably. I'm also matching new window drapes and paint for the walls. I have a quote for fabric and labor for 2 bench seats and 1 bed for around $500-$600. Mind you I've purchased nice upholstery although I still might be able to negotiate a lower price depending.

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Grayfair, I thought the rear bed was going to be permanent. Why would that need upholstery?
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Grayfair, I thought the rear bed was going to be permanent. Why would that need upholstery?
Ah! The space is too small for a double bed!!! I was very sad to say the least. I can buy a custom made bed, but then prices start shooting up $200+. For now I will live with the seat cushion and perhaps add a foam topper.
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