How To: Restore an Eames Swivel Chair in 3 Minutes

How To: Restore an Eames Swivel Chair in 3 Minutes

Gregory Han
May 26, 2009

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Apartment Therapy reader hoxha emailed us this step-by-step instructional of how they were able to revive an original vintage Eames Swivel chair themselves after being quoted $500 to have the upholstery restored professionally. Using a Karcher pressure hose and Vanish Oxi Action to clean specific stained spots, hoxha was able to revive the chair from an aged, drab condition back to a revived appearance on a budget...

One thing we'd add to hoxha's instructions is the possibility of either replacing or additionally using a carpet cleaning appliance to suck out the soapy water from the chair immediately instead of letting it drip dry. Water soaking upholstered furniture can damage the filling and lessen the life of the furniture in the long term, even if the exterior looks better. Applying as little liquid is key to protect the chair's overall structural quality and using a wet vac that removes the soapy cleaner immediately will expedite the drying process. We'd also note a professional job would be ultimately the superior avenue to go if you're truly concerned about keeping the value of an original piece, as this process is more of a surface touch up, but one that could easily be used on less valuable used furniture.

(Images: hoxha)

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