I wish I had a dollar for every time I get a comment about having young kids and upholstered dining room furniture. I did hesitate to buy our upholstered chairs, but we were due for new chairs, and I wanted to buy something I really loved, not just something the kids could trash. I am happy to report that I have not second guessed my decision, and more than one year later, our chairs are still stain free. Impossible, you say? Sounds a like an exaggeration, I know, but it is true and I sharing some of my tips to keeping your dining furniture (specifically upholstered or fabric) clean when you have young kids.
We moved Harper out of her high chair and up to the table in a booster seat around 18months. She seems to love being closer to the family instead of in her high chair. But moving her at an earlier age, meant more messes – we are gluttons for punishment. I have found several factors to be key in my ability to keep our chairs clean.
1. Scotch Guard your fabric: This is an option at most furniture stores when you purchase your furniture. Always get their fabric protection plan when you have kids!! Not only are they protected with Scotch Guard (or a similar product), the stores often offer a cleaning service for stains or sometimes replacement if the stain cannot come out. I do re-apply Scotch Guard once a year. Having this guard on the fabric makes cleaning spills/stains much easier. Liquids will often pool instead of absorb straight into the fabric.