How do I remove stain from plastic straps on lawn chairs?

by Lisa

My lawn chairs stack together for storage if you remove the cushions . They have pladtic straps that hold the cushions they are stained brown from the weather. I have tried everything and can't get it off. Is there anything that works or do i live with the stain?

  7 answers
  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Apr 06, 2019

    Hi Lisa,

    I'd try several things before I'd give up. :) Of course, it depends on the fabric of the cushions. If it's pure cotton, the color might fade so be careful with these thoughts. First I'd try a thick mixture of baking soda and water. Put it on the cushions and lay them in the sun. Let them sit for a while, then spray with a mix of equal parts vinegar and water, scrub when it stops foaming, then rinse. The next thing I'd try would be hydrogen peroxide. I'd spray it on and again let it sit in the sun to see if that would remove the marks. If all that fails and you've tried other commercial products, you might think about painting or dying them. Depending on the fabric, you might be able to use fabric paint (or look up how to make your own with fabric medium) or maybe even spray paint. That depends on the fabric on your cushions. I hope these ideas inspire you to seek a solution that will work for you. Wishing you the best.

  • Gk Gk on Apr 06, 2019

    The plastic straps are probably just aged. Over time plastic tends to discolor and there's not much you can do about it. You might want to check and see if they are brittle because if they are brittle it may not be so safe to sit in the chair as they will break from weight. Depending on how the plastic strips are attached to the chair you might be able to replace them with some upholstery webbing. You can find it on Amazon: 2" Upholstery Webbing 10% Elastic Stretch for Furniture Chair Sofa Repair- 40ft Roll

    • Lisa Lisa on Apr 08, 2019

      My first thought was to restrap but some came perfectly clean with a bleach mixture. So I keep trying.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Apr 06, 2019

    Try soaking them in a mix of water and Oxi-clean to see if you can remove the stains. The Oxi-clean will not damage your fabric. Try waxing your straps with a clear car wax to help prevent the transfer of color.

    • Lisa Lisa on Apr 08, 2019

      Thank you Joy I am definitely doing the wax on the strapping. They arent brittle just some are a little discolored.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Apr 06, 2019

    they make spray paint for plastics that would cover the dark spots here is some info

    • Lisa Lisa on Apr 08, 2019

      Never thought of that tho I was using spray paint for plastic. I may do this.

  • S S on Apr 07, 2019

    what is stained - the chairs, cushions ? are the chairs plastic or ?

    • Lisa Lisa on Apr 08, 2019

      The straps that are attached to the chairs that your cushions sit on.

  • Nancy Willis Nancy Willis on Apr 07, 2019

    Try hydrogen peroxide. I use it almost everything.

    • Lisa Lisa on Apr 08, 2019

      Tried it and I am like u I use it alot😊 I even tried a paste with it let it sit. Stubborn stains!

  • Janet Mc Janet Mc on Jul 09, 2022

    I used Johnson’s wax remover with a dollar store scrubby sponge. I believe the manufacturer coated the straps with something. This method removes most of the dark yellow.

    my chairs were dark yellow in places on the top side but still white on the underside. No 2 chairs were stained the same, weird.