furniture plays an important part of the look and feel of
your home decor.
Understanding upholstery and how to care for your furniture
Before attempting to remove a stain from your
furniture, it is
helpful to know what type of fabric the furniture is covered
Most furniture companies provide standardized cleaning codes
and instructions which list the preferred spot cleaning
method. If these codes aren't available, you should first
contact the service department of the company where you
purchased your furniture to obtain more information prior to
cleaning your upholstery.
We suggest that you first test any cleaning product in an
Upholstery Cleaning Codes
S: Clean the fabric sparingly with a dry cleaning solvent
that's water free. Test for color fastness, use sparingly.
- W: Clean fabric with a water based solution,
such as mild detergent and water or foam upholstery
cleaner. Avoid over wetting.
- WS: Depending on stain, use a water based
solution, dry-cleaning solvent or upholstery shampoo.
- X: Fabric should be professionally cleaned
only. Vacuum or brush lightly to remove any accumulation
of dust, dirt and debris. Do not use cleaning solvents or
water based products on fabric.
Furniture can be an expensive item, and you can
permanently damage it if you use the wrong cleaning materials. Many
furniture companies also offer warranties for upholstery and will clean your
furniture or upholstery free of charge if it becomes damaged
while under warranty.
If you are not sure about how to clean your furniture, or
the codes are not available, it may be best to call a
professional cleaner. You can also purchase upholstery
protectors to keep your furniture from becoming stained or
dirty. If you buy your furniture brand new, the fabric is
generally pre-treated. However, over time this protection
will wear off, and used furniture will likely not have it.
It is also important to deodorize your upholstery on a
regular basis. Many odors can be tough to remove, and they
make using your furniture an unpleasant experience.
Deodorizers can be purchased which uses enzymes to destroy
odor which is caused by urine or other materials. It does
this by consuming the matter which causes the smell. This
will give your furniture and upholstery a pleasant scent.