Most people are in agreement that the papasan chair is the ultimate chair if you are looking for style, comfort and affordability. In many families, it is the single papasan chair in the house that everyone fights for when it’s time for everyone to gather in the living room to watch TV or play games. That’s not really surprising since the papasan chair does offer a different kind of comfort and relaxation that you cannot get from any other chair in the house.
However, just like any other piece of furniture, you do have to take care of your papasan chair in order to keep it clean and in good condition for the longest possible time. Contrary to what some people think, it’s really not that hard to take care of a papasan chair. You just need to follow the tips listed below and you’ll be able to enjoy your papasan chair for a very long time.
Clean the Cushion Regularly
Just like any other cushion or upholstered furniture, the cushion of your papasan chair will accumulate dust and dirt over time. Regular cleaning can help prevent dust buildup so be sure to vacuum your cushions at least once a week if the chairs are used frequently. You should vacuum both sides of the cushion, using the right attachment for the hose. If you don’t really use the papasan chairs so much, you can do the vacuuming just once or twice a month.
In case of spills, make sure to address it right away in order to prevent stains from setting in. You can use an ordinary stain removal solution for as long as it is safe to use on the type of fabric that you have on your cushion. If you use a bleaching solution, check that it is non-chlorinated so that it won’t cause any unsightly discoloration on your cushions.
If you have young children or pets, then you should certainly expect to have spills on your upholstery from time to time, no matter how many preventive measures you take. The best thing to do in this case is to choose a microfiber papasan cushion instead of other types of fabric because this is the easiest to clean and is the most resistant to stains.
Deep-Clean the Cushion Once a Year
Aside from the regular cleaning, you should also do a deep-clean of your papasan cushions once a year. One way of doing this is to bring the cushion to the cleaner, where they will use special tools and chemicals specifically made for cleaning upholstery. However, if you want to save money and skip the hassle of having to go to the cleaner, you can also do the deep cleaning yourself.
To do this, you have to buy a special hand upholstery shampoo that is appropriate for the fabric of your cushions. Follow the instructions on the label on how to mix the shampoo with water to create the cleaning solution. Dab this solution onto the surface of the cushion, working on one area at a time. After you finish with an area, blot it dry with a clean piece of cloth. Let the cushion air-dry.
Clean the Frame
Although it doesn’t really get dirty as quickly as the cushions, the frame of the papasan chair does need to be cleaned as well. If you have a traditional rattan chair, you can clean it using a cleaning solution that is safe to use for wooden surfaces.
As with the upholstery shampoo, follow the instructions on the bottle on how to combine the solution with water. Wipe this solution onto the entire frame using a clean rag, making sure to wring it before applying it to the rattan. After the chair has dried, you can apply a coat of furniture polish to give the chair some extra oomph.
Flip the Cushion Once a Month
If you have had a couch or sofa for a long time, you will notice that there will be visible indentations in the places where people sit most of the time. The same thing can happen to a papasan chair unless you remember to flip the cushions at least once a month. As you turn the cushion, you can also give it a nice fluffing up so that it will regain its signature thickness and coziness, which is what people enjoy most about the papasan chairs.
Other than these routine cleaning procedures, there is really not much else that you have to do to keep your papasan chair in excellent condition. In case the frame gets damaged for whatever reason, you can use rattan wrappings to fix and reinforce your chair. Most stores that sell papasan chairs also sell these wrappings so you won’t have any problem looking for some when you need them.