Have you ever wondered if you are cleaning your upholstered furniture properly? Should you clean it with water or solvents? Or does it need to be professionally cleaned? Wonder no longer! Whether you realize it or not, all upholstery has a hidden code, called an upholstery cleaning code, which will tell you exactly how it should be cleaned. In this article, we’ll discuss the various upholstery cleaning codes, where to find upholstery cleaning codes, and what each one means.
Where to find upholstery codes –
Regardless of the manufacturer, all upholstery should be marked with an upholstery code. You’ll find the upholstery code either under the seat cushion or on the actual seat itself. The code is shown in the form of a letter, which could be either a ‘W’, ‘S’, ‘S/W’ or ‘X’. Go ahead, walk over and find the upholstery code on your furniture. (You know you want to) I’ll wait.
Did you see one? If you weren’t able to locate an upholstery cleaning code on either the seat cushion or the actual seat itself, you can try checking any tags that remain on the furniture.
Understanding upholstery cleaning codes –
Now that you have found the upholstery code, what does it mean? Each letter means something different, so before you attempt cleaning your upholstered furniture, take a moment to find out what each one means.
If you have found a ‘W’ on your furniture, CONGRATULATIONS! That is exactly what most of us want to see. It means that your furniture can be cleaned with water. Whew!
If you find the letter ‘S’ on your furniture, please accept my sympathies. This means that (brace yourself) it must be dry-cleaned. The letter ‘S’ stands for solvents, which is something you should not handle on your own. You absolutely, positively cannot use water or water-based products to clean your furniture. Sorry.
If you have located the letters ‘S/W’, it means that your furniture can be cleaned with a combination of solvents and water. This is not necessarily good news. Since the cleaning will involve solvents, it is best to leave the job to professionals. Luckily, a code of ‘S/W’ is not seen on most furniture.
Chances are you did not see the letter ‘X’, as typically this upholstery cleaning code is only seen on fabric blinds and shades. However, if you have stumbled across this upholstery code, it means that the item cannot be cleaned. It can only be vacuumed. Do not use water, cleaning products or solvents to try to clean something marked with an ‘X’.
Before you even consider cleaning your upholstered furniture, always look for the hidden upholstery cleaning code. Proper care will help to extend the life of your furniture, and minimize the chance of staining or fading.
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