How to Clean and Protect Naugahyde Furniture

Naugahyde is a brand name for a synthetic material designed for looks and durability, frequently used on furniture. Oftentimes, a little dish soap mixed to water is all that’s needed to wash this material. Furniture wax serves as a protective spray-on coating suitable for Naugahyde, as advocated by the manufacturer.

Basic Cleaning

First wipe the Naugahyde with a damp, white cloth that’s nonabrasive. Water is sufficient to remove some dust and dirt, and using a white fabric guarantees no wax transfer into the stuff. In case the Naugahyde still appears soiled, squirt a little dish soap to hot water, swish it around, then dip a white fabric into the soapy solution, wiping down the furniture. Wash by wiping the item down with a clean damp cloth. If areas appear heavily soiled, scrub them with a toothbrush after applying the soapy water, then wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Protective Measures

Many Naugahyde fabrics are manufactured with a protective coating which helps resist stains. With time, this coat may lose its attractiveness. A furniture spray wax rubbed on clean Naugahyde restores the shine and provides some protection. To guard the Naugahyde’s tint, avoid using harsh chemical cleaners such as bleach or solvents, which might damage the first protective coating along with the material. Do not use paper towels or coloured fabric when cleaning, because these can transfer tints or masks onto the upholstery.

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