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May 29, 2013

Wondering Wednesdays! Best Way to Clean Vintage Vinyl?

by Andrea

Isn’t it always exciting when you come across a vintage piece of furniture that you’ve been looking for forever, at a good price?

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I have been looking for what felt like forever for a replacement for the wooden box that I keep by my door to house all of the mitts, scarves, hats and other winter items I have around here.  So, I was super excited to come across this lidded ottoman at a garage sale this weekend, even if it was a bit stained.  I figured for the $3.00 price tag, I would give it a go, and see if I could get the stains out.

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Here’s the inside of the ottoman.  It was in much better shape, just a bit dusty, nothing that a quick vacuum and wipedown wouldn’t fix.

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Don’tcha just love it when you can tell exactly what year your vintage furniture is from?

Now, on to the cleaning.  I prefer to at least start with a natural cleaner when possible.  With dogs and toddlers running around my house, I like to keep things as non-toxic as possible.  I did a fair amount of googling, and most websites seemed to suggest cleaning with either castille soap, baking soda, washing soda or a combo thereof.  So, I mixed up about a gallon of hot water with a couple of teaspoons of castille soap, and a few healthy shakes of baking soda.

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This is the bench after.  The baking soda and castille soap did a really good job!  You can see there is still a bot of old dirt/stain that looks to be a bit embedded in the vinyl, though.  At this point, I decided to go a little less natural, and busted out a Magic Eraser.

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Here it is after the magic eraser – this did an excellent job of getting rid of the more ground in dirt!  Some websites I read also suggested cleaning stains with a paste of baking soda.  I didn’t try it in this case, but that might be another option to consider if you want to go all natural with your cleaning.

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Here’s the cleaned up ottoman!  I was pleased with how this cleaning combo worked, as it didn’t seem to leave the vinyl super dried out or anything, which could lead to it cracking later on.

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Hides all of the winter stuff very nicely!

I would definitely suggest this cleaning combo to rehab any dirty/stained vintage vinyl pieces you come across.  And if you’ve got any methods of cleaning vintage vinyl that have worked well, I would love to hear them!

 

 

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6 Responses to Wondering Wednesdays! Best Way to Clean Vintage Vinyl?

  1. Desirae Reply

    May 29, 2013 at 9:42 am

    This is a really handy post. Thanks!

    • Andrea Reply

      May 29, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      Thanks, Desirae! Glad you found it useful!

  2. Sara In AZ Reply

    May 29, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Too funny…..I was thinking ‘magic eraser’ right as I got to the point in your story where you said you busted it out! What on earth would we ever do without magic erasers!?!?

    ps – Love the storage ottoman!

    • Andrea Reply

      May 29, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      LOL, Sara! We’d have a lot of stained things, I think!

  3. RetroRuth Reply

    May 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Nice job, and I love the end result! Great find. 🙂

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