Product Care

Keeping your fabric furniture looking fabulous year after year is easier than you think. All you need to do is know which cleaning class your fabric furniture falls into and follow a few fabric care tips.


Keep your cleaning code on hand:


Most upholstered furniture falls into one of four cleaning classes:


  • Fabrics that use water-based cleaners (class W);
  • Fabrics that use solvent cleaners (class S);
  • Fabrics that use water-based/solvent cleaners (class WS);
  • Fabrics that should be vacuumed only;
  • Fabrics that should be dry-cleaned only.

Since proper cleaning is very important when it comes to maintaining your furniture, never guess as to how you should clean your fabrics. Instead, consult the manufacturer or a trained home décor professional.


To save you the trouble of having to consult the manufacturer years after you have purchased an item, be sure to ask your sales person for the cleaning class code at the point of sale. Unfortunately many furniture companies don’t list them on furniture tags, although it would make things a lot easier for everyone. Keep cleaning details with your furniture warranties or secure a copy to the underside of your furniture where you know it won’t be lost or accidently thrown away.


How to clean upholstered furniture that uses:


Water-based cleaners (class W) –


  • Vacuum often to avoid the build-up of dust and to prevent dirt from being ground into the fabric;
  • For light spot cleaning lather up a mild water-based detergent, such as dish detergent. Use only the foam and a soft, clean cloth to clean fabric stains;
  • Foam should be applied to fabric carefully and worked through using a gentle, circular motion;
  • Before applying any cleaner to your fabric, be sure to test it on a small, unnoticeable area of your item. Product testing is very important; it could save you the headache of having to hide or replace a cleaning stain, should the cleaner you’ve selected have a negative reaction with your fabric;
  • Allow newly washed area to air-dry;
  • Only spot washing is recommended. Never attempt to clean an entire fabric item yourself. For heavily soiled fabric items consult a company that provides a professional cleaning service.

Solvent cleaners (class S) –


  • Vacuum often to avoid the build-up of dust and to prevent dirt from being ground into the fabric;
  • For light spot cleaning use a mild water-free solvent or dry cleaning product; Avoid products that contain carbon tetrachloride or other toxic components. Although these products are becoming increasing fewer due to their associated health risks, they can still be found in some cleaning solvents;
  • Follow solvent cleaner instructions carefully and clean fabric only in a well ventilated area;
  • Before applying any cleaner to your fabric, be sure to test it on a small, unnoticeable area of your item. Product testing is very important; it could save you the headache of having to hide or replace a cleaning stain, should the cleaner you’ve selected have a negative reaction with your fabric;
  • Only spot washing is recommended. Never attempt to clean an entire fabric item yourself. For heavily soiled fabric items consult a company that provides a professional cleaning service.

Water-based/solvent cleaners (class WS)–


  • Vacuum often to avoid the build-up of dust and to prevent dirt from being ground into the fabric;
  • For light spot cleaning either a water-based or mild solvent cleaner can be used.
  • When using a water-based cleaner, use only the detergent foam and a soft, clean cloth to clean fabric stains;
  • Foam should be applied to fabric carefully and worked through using a gentle, circular motion;
  • If a solvent cleaner is used, avoid solvents containing carbon tetrachloride or other toxic components;
  • Follow solvent cleaner instructions carefully and use product only in a well ventilated area;
  • Before applying any cleaner to your fabric, be sure to test it on a small, unnoticeable area of your item. Product testing is very important; it could save you the headache of having to hide or replace a cleaning stain, should the cleaner you’ve selected have a negative reaction with your fabric;
  • Allow newly cleaned area to air-dry;
  • Only spot washing is recommended. Never attempt to clean an entire fabric item yourself. For heavily soiled fabric items consult a company that provides a professional cleaning service.

Vacuum only –


  • Vacuum often to avoid the build-up of dust and to prevent dirt from being ground into the fabric;
  • Never apply detergents or solvent cleaners to these delicate “vacuum only” fabrics, regardless of how mild the cleaner may be;
  • Consult a company that provides a professional cleaning service if a stain occurs or all-over cleaning is needed.

More fabric care tips:


  • To help reduce the possibility of stains, minimize eating and drinking on or around your furniture;
  • Never remove the seating foam from your cushions, even if they have a zipper.

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