There are many different fabrics used to upholster our furnishings. Keeping them clean is no easy feat. As you go to clean your upholstery, you are likely looking for some kind of guidance along the way to ensure the best clean without inflicting any damage. To do so, on the label of the upholstery is a code, which indicates a general method of how it is cleaned. The tag is often found somewhere on the furniture, for example, the cushion from a couch generally has the label, providing the owner did not remove it. In the event the label is missing, you can often find the label’s information on the manufacturer’s website. After finding the code, understanding its meaning is the next step to ensuring your upholstery is well cared for and cleaned properly. We at Heart of Texas Chem-Dry would like to discuss the code and what they mean.
Fabric Upholstery Cleaning Code Symbols
“W”: The upholstery that has a “W” on the label is typically comprised of durable fabric and liquids such as water and appropriate upholstery/carpet cleaners can be used to treat stains and clean spills. Department store premade cleaners or DYI formulas are acceptable, presuming they are upholstery compatible.
“S”: To get upholstery cleaned that has the code “S”, a cleaning solvent, or dry cleaning solvent, is required. If this code is present, liquids of any kind are not friendly to the upholstery. Only use home dry cleaning products to spot clean. Follow the directions indicated on the product’s label. Some products require you to use a blow dryer to dry the treated spot to avoid a visible ring, for example. When it comes to dry cleaning the upholstery for deep cleaning, it is best to rely on a professional. To ensure the best results from your service, be sure to vacuum the upholstery frequently to avoided dirt and debris buildup and immediately clean up any accidental spills to maintain the lifespan of the colors and the fabric.
“S/W”: Dry cleaning solvents and water or other liquid clean combinations are indicated by the cleaning the code “S/W” on upholstery. However, keep in mind that the combination could be tricky, making this code better left to the professionals for cleaning. Keep this upholstered furniture in areas where it will see little use and treat spills. Stick with a dry cleaning solvent if you insist on treating your own stains.
“X”: The code on upholstery marked “X” is a rarity but is commonly found fabric-made shades and blinds. This code should only be treated by a professional and you should not do any other treatments or deep cleaning other than vacuuming to avoid the dirt and debris accumulation.
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When it comes to the upholstery, you want it to last as long as possible. Having your upholstery cleaned by a professional from Heart of Texas Chem-Dry will ensure it is done correctly. Once we have cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized your upholstery, it will be left vibrant and fresh. Call us today to get started!