Understanding Upholstery Cleaning Codes

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated September 1, 2014)

Do you have a dirty couch or chair that you have no idea how to clean? Well the first place that you should look is at the furniture care tag, or on the label underneath the cushions. While not all furniture manufacturers use these codes, there are enough that do use them that this can be a huge help. If you look for a tag, and can't find these codes on them, then don't worry. You can always try cleaning a part of the furniture that isn't easily seen, or even ask a professional for some advice. If you do find a tag with the codes, then compare the codes to this list to see what you need to do to get the upholstery clean.

  • W. Use only water-based products to clean any product that has this code on the tag. Some examples of the products you are allowed to use are things like foam from a mild detergent or an upholstery shampoo. When you do begin to clean, make sure that you use the cleaning agents sparingly and that you do not get the material too wet.
  • S. To clean materials that have this code make sure that you only utilize cleaners that are a mild water-free dry-cleaning solvent. Double check the label to make sure that the contents will fit within this definition. Use the cleaning material sparingly and only in a well ventilated room.
  • WS. Upholstery or fabric that has this code on it should only be cleaned with a dry-cleaning solvent, mild detergent foam, or an upholstery shampoo. The type of cleanser that you use in this case though is going to be largely dependent on the type of stain. Make sure that you know what type of stain you are faced with before you begin cleaning anything.
  • X. Anything that has this code on it should only be cleaned by a professional cleaner. The only type of cleaning that you should do with this fabric is light cleaning. In this particular case this means that you are either vacuuming it or lightly brushing it to ensure that there is no build up of dust and grime.

Whenever you begin cleaning any kind of upholstery, make sure that you know what the stain is. This will allow you to make the proper decision as to whether you can do your own cleaning, or if you need to seek out professional help.

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