Furniture Cleaning Codes & What They Mean

By now, most of us have spent at least two weeks quarantined in our homes. If you've vowed to tackle all the household cleaning and maintenance projects that have been swept under the rug, you're probably wondering the best way to clean your upholstery or leather furniture.


The following cleaning codes and their definitions are commonly recognized within the furniture industry, but before jumping right in we always recommend testing cleaners in a discreet spot on your furniture or giving us a call for help.


W | Water

Use only water-based upholstery cleaning products. Steam cleaning or hot water extraction are also acceptable means of cleaning your furniture.


S | Solvent

Use only water-free, pure cleaning solvents. Fabric with cleaning code "S" is sensitive to water, and wetting it may leave water rings or cause the material to shrink.


SW | Solvent or Water

Both pure cleaning solvents or water-based cleaning products are safe to use, though we recommend sticking to a solvent or a professional cleaning service.


X | No cleaning

Do not use ay water or liquid cleaning agents. It is best to vacuum or lightly brush fabrics with a non-metallic, stiff bristle brush to avoid shrinking, staining, or distortion.


DC | Dry Clean only

Cleaning must be performed by a dry cleaner.


For all types of upholstery, getting to any spills a soon as possible will prevent the stain from setting in and increase your chances of completely removing it. If you're not sure of your furniture's cleaning code, check under the cushions or reach out to us for help!

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