How To Know Your Upholstery's Correct Cleaning Method
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Knowing the cleanability code for your fabric helps you take good care of your upholstered furniture. The easiest way to determine the correct method for cleaning your upholstery fabric is to refer to its fabric cleanability code.
Cleaning with the wrong products can damage your beautiful sofa. Fortunately, most furniture fabrics now carry cleanability codes adopted in 1969 to help you determine the best and safest way to clean a particular fabric. You will find the code under the seat cushions on the sofa's or chair's deck on the manufacturer's label (see example in above picture). In cases of no removavle cushions, try looking underneath the chair. You can also ask for the cleaning code when you are selecting fabric for your furniture.
When you need to use a cleaning product, check for the cleanability code for your fabric. Here is what each letter stands for:
Code “W” is used on fabrics that should be cleaned with water based cleaning agents. Spot clean using foam from only water based cleaners, or non-solventcleaning products. Apply foam with a soft brush in a circular motion, and vacuum when dry. We'll clean your upholstered furniture with gentle, expert care at the Best Upholstery Cleaner in Niwot, CO 80503.
On fabrics with an “S” code, use a mild water-free cleaning solvent or dry cleaning product. Make sure the room is well ventilated and there are no open flames, such as from a candle or cigarette lighter .
Code “W-S” fabrics can be cleaned with either water or solvent based products. Use a mild solvent, an upholstery shampoo, or the foam from a mild detergent.
Clean this fabric by vacuuming or gently brushing only. NEVER use any cleaning agents at all. Any cleaning product whether water or solvent based may cause staining, shrinkage or distortion of the fabric surface pile.
· Regularly clean your fabric by vacuuming or light brushing.
· Always check code before deciding which cleaning products to use.
· Test cleaning product in an inconspicuous area first to guard against color bleeding or fabric shrinkage.
· Follow all directions and advice.
· Call a professional when your upholstery needs overall cleaning. A great local expert is the Best Upholstery Cleaner in Niwot,CO 80503.