How to clean indented vinyl upholstery

I scored this mid-century modern footstool at the thrift store last Friday! I stopped by on a whim & couldn’t leave without this guy. It seemed like a good purchase for $15. Penny approves too.

It needed/needs a little TLC though. The vinyl was filthy, and the legs need to be sanded and re-stained.

The little brass pieces also need some attention – I’m hoping some Brasso will do the trick, but perhaps I’ll have to use rub ‘n buff.

How to clean indented vinyl upholstery

Here’s a quick before and after of the vinyl. Can you believe it?! YUCK on that before.

How to clean indented vinyl upholstery

My lovely friend Sarah suggested that I try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to get through the grime. Seemed like a great idea, so I grabbed one and started scrubbing. It was working on the solid parts, but do you see that indented “rope” design? Well, I couldn’t get the grime out of the corners on that. Next, I tried watered down Mrs. Meyers and a scrub brush. Nada. Vinegar and a scrub brush. Nothing. Then I remembered that we have this sonic scrubber brush, so I switched to full-strength Mrs. Meyers and the sonic brush. Which worked!

Success! I then gave it a final scrubbing with some Method Dish Soap and the scrubber brush & then rinse and wipe it all clean. What a difference. I mean it turns out the thing is a whole different shade of orange!

We haven’t quite settled on where it will live. For now, it is my dog’s footstool to get on the bed with. I like the addition of pops of orange in our bedroom. I also like the idea of placing it at the front entry for people to use when putting on / taking off their shoes. Penelope really likes to sit on it and stare out of the slider when it’s in the living room. Where would you use a footstool like this?

How to clean indented vinyl upholstery

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