Linen Upholstery Cleaning: Preserving Your Linen Dining Chairs - McArdles

Linen Upholstery Cleaning: Preserving Your Linen Dining Chairs

Welcome to McArdle’s comprehensive guide on linen upholstery cleaning! Linen, known for its delicate and silky texture, is a popular choice for dining chairs due to its elegant appearance and comfortable feel. However, keeping linen upholstery in top condition requires specific care and knowledge. In this blog, we will explore the characteristics of linen, its cleaning requirements, and how to maintain your linen dining chairs for years of beautiful use.

Understanding Linen: A Natural Elegance

Linen is a natural fibre obtained from the flax plant. Its unique properties include a soft, silky texture and a natural colour palette ranging from grey and brown to tan. Before linen becomes the fabric we love, it goes through an extensive manufacturing process, which makes it both durable and delicate.

Critical Properties of Linen:

  • High Water Temperature Tolerance: Linen can withstand high temperatures, making it easier to clean than other fabrics.
  • Moisture Absorption: This natural fibre excels in absorbing and releasing moisture, aiding in efficient cleaning.
  • Sensitivity to Acids: While linen resists weak acids, concentrated acids like hydrochloric and sulphuric can damage it. It’s essential to use diluted solutions and neutralize them properly after use.

Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

When it comes to cleaning linen upholstery, especially for dining chairs that are prone to frequent use and spills, here are some valuable tips:

  1. Check for Weakness: Inspect your linen for signs of wear, particularly in areas of heavy use, such as cushions and armrests.
  2. Gentle Cleaning Agents: Use mild detergents and avoid strong alkalis and chlorine bleach, which can harm the fabric and alter the colour of dyes.
  3. Avoid Harsh Treatment: Linen is more brittle than cotton, so avoid aggressive agitation during cleaning to prevent fibre damage.
  4. Drying Care: Linen can brown if not dried properly, so ensure it dries without direct exposure to intense heat or sunlight.

Recommended Cleaning Agents:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) and Sodium Perborate: Safe for linen and less likely to affect dyes.
  • Dilute-reducing agents, such as sodium bisulphite, can be used cautiously.

Professional Cleaning Services by McArdle’s

McArdle offers specialised cleaning services tailored for linen upholstery for those who prefer a professional touch or have heavily soiled linen dining chairs. Our experts use the proper techniques and cleaning agents to ensure your linen chairs are clean and retain their quality and elegance.


Linen dining chairs add a touch of sophistication to any dining room. You can maintain their beauty and durability by understanding linen’s unique properties and adhering to proper cleaning practices. Remember, gentle care and suitable cleaning agents are vital to preserving your linen upholstery.

For more information on fibre types and cleaning services, visit our McArdle’s Cleaning Services website.

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McArdles Cleaning & Restoration Technicians are the “face” of our business and more than likely the people you will have the most contact with. All of our technicians are highly trained – not only in the professional services they provide, but also in customer service. We see staff technical training as being a very important aspect of our service and hold frequent training sessions where all of our staff have the opportunity to develop and extend their knowledge.