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Old 10-31-2020, 01:13 PM   #1
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Pressure wash captains chairs

We bought a 1998 30’ Winnebago Brave this spring with 32k miles and have been making upgrades & refurbishments in between trips.

Our Captains Chairs, while in pretty good condition overall, were very dirty with road dust, grime, etc.

I pulled them out to clean them up. My wife and I spent close to 3 hours scrubbing with stiff brushes and using a Bissell carpet cleaner with furniture attachment.
They looked pretty good but we knew there was still a lot dirt and the fabric was still stiff with soap after it dried.
My wife suggested using the pressure washer but I initially turned it down - “ I can’t use a pressure washer for the seats, silly”
But after a few minutes, we decided to try - worst case was to buy new seats which we were willing to do.
I set the seats out on a Plastic 6’ folding table in the driveway and went to work.
The area being washed immediately started to foam up so much I had to triple check that the pressure washer soap tank was disconnected. We obviously had left a lot of soap in the seats despite vacuuming them for a hour.
VERY dirty water was flushed out - very easy to see on the white plastic table top. I spent a little over 2 hours washing until I could not get any more soap or dirty water out and the chairs looked clean.
I let them drip for 20 minutes then moved them into the garage and set them on saw horses to dry. I put a 9” fan on one chair blowing across and called it a day.
The next morning, most of the one chair felt dry to the touch and I moved the fan to the other chair. I kept that up that day and the next day (repositioning the fan) and by the evening of the second day, the only areas still damp was the crease between the seat and the seat back. That area was bone dry by the end of day 3.
The chairs look great and feel nice. I think 3 hours of scrubbing and pressure washing , plus the baby sitting to dry them was well worth it!

Lessons learned:
1 - before washing, lean the seat back back as if reclining. The crease area is hard to clean and dry otherwise. I used 2” strips of vinyl flooring left over from replacing carpet to hold the crease between the seat and seat back open to dry. But wood strips would work as well.
2 - I would simply scrub the seats paying attention to folds and edge piping and not use the Bissell or vacuum followed by the pressure washer.
3 - more fans will dry quicker. I was was very surprised by how fast the seats did dry in a 50 degree garage. (It was colder outside) It would have been faster in the heat of summer.
4 - listen to my wife.

My main worry was the the pressure washer would damage the fabric or chairs and that they would takes weeks to for the seat foam to dry. Neither of those worries were justified.
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Old 10-31-2020, 02:43 PM   #2
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Only comment is " Lesson 4 " should be " Lesson 1 " .

DW's are used to cleaning fabrics , we're used to cleaning tools and painted objects.
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I'm assuming they're fabric seats, not vinyl or leather? Assuming they're fabric, I clean the fabric seats in my cars. I rent the carpet machine from the local grocery store, Home Depot, Lowes, etc. It's usually about a $20 rental and comes with an upholstery tool. It squirts the cleaning solution on, you can use the tool or a hand brush to scrub it all down, then most importantly the tool extracts all the dirty water, dirt, soap etc out. The seats will be clean and damp when done, and usually dry easily overnight in average conditions.

If you don't have access to one of these machines or don't want to spend the $20, you can always deep clean with an appropriate soap and lots of water, then use a wet/dry vac to extract all the water, soap and dirt. I have done that as well, and it also works great.
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