Magento Commerce

Fabric Care

In today’s household furniture represents a major investment. In addition, furniture adds function and most importantly beauty to every room. The furniture market today offers a wide variety of styles, colors, fabrics, and fibers. You should always consider your lifestyle when choosing fabrics and colors.

Here are some questions that you, as an informed consumer, should ask:

Is the fabric compatible with my lifestyle? An active family should consider fabrics and colors that will withstand high usage. Although added stain protection is highly recommended in such instances, it will not withstand abuse!

Are you expecting more than the fabric can deliver based on your family or lifestyle usage? What type of use will this piece get?

Is the fabric that I chose water-based cleanable, or does it require water-free dry cleaning solvent? If so, what type of cleaning recommendation does the fabric selection specify?

To care for your fabric, consider the following:

Vacuum often to remove grit that causes abrasion (very similar to carpeting). Ultraviolet light (sunlight) will cause fiber degeneration and will fade colors. You must protect fabrics from the sun. Occasionally, dyes can fade from impurities within the air.

Pets. Keeping your pets off the furniture will add life to the fabric. Urine from pets and body oil can be difficult to remove.

Loose cushions should be reversed at least once a week. Rearranging the furniture occasionally will ensure that you even the use of the cushions and wear areas.

Structural weave fabrics (designs that are created by the weaver) may snag if not properly cares for. This is another good reason to keep pets off the furniture.

Persons wearing clothing with transferable dyes, such as blue jeans, can transfer that dye onto light colored furniture/fabric. It is very important to be aware of this when deciding what furniture to buy. If it is living room furniture where the furniture will be subject to heavy use (especially with clothing with transferable dyes like blue jeans), then you might need to decide on a darker colored fabric so the dye transfer isn’t obvious.

Cleaning Code Methods

If a cleaning code is visible on the furniture it will most likely have one of four codes: W-S-WS-X. If the code is not visible, ask your sales person to get it for you. This is very important in the ongoing care of fine fabrics. It is also important that you clean according to the instructions that the manufacture has provided.

Below is an explanation of the cleaning code methods.

W – Spot clean only with water-based shampoo or foam upholstery cleaner. Make sure that you pretest for color loss and fabric compatibility. Do not over wet. Use a professional cleaning service for overall soiling.

S – Spot clean only with a water-free cleaning solvent. Be sure to pretest for color loss and fabric compatibility. Do not over wet and do not use water. Use a professional cleaning service for overall soiling.

WS – Spot clean with upholstery shampoo, foam from a mild detergent, or mild dray cleaning solvent. Be sure to pretest for color loss and fabric compatibility. Do not over wet. Use a professional cleaning service for overall soiling.

X – Clean only by vacuuming or light brushing with a non-metallic brush. Do not use water or dry cleaning solvents. Consult a professional upholstery cleaner.

Types of spills and how to clean them:

Blood - Treat with cold water and table salt mixture (2 tablespoons of salt to 1 quart of water). Rinse and blot with a towel. If the stain persists, use diluted ammonia. See “W” under the cleaning codes mentioned above.

Candle Wax - Gently scrape away surface wax with spatula or dull knife. See “S” under the cleaning codes mentioned above. Or, cover spots with several layers of paper towels and apply a warm iron.

Chewing Gum - Freeze with ice and then remove with a spatula or dull knife. See “S” under the cleaning codes mentioned above.

Chocolate or Coffee - Sponge with lukewarm water.

Deodorants: Cream, Sticky, or Spray - See “S” under the cleaning codes mentioned above.

Fruit Juices or Berry Stains - Treat these stains with cold water.

Grease, Cooking Oil, Bacon Fat, Etc. - See “S” under the cleaning codes mentioned above.

Ink, Ball Point Pen, Markers - Use rubbing alcohol. See “W” under the cleaning codes mentioned above.

Mud - Lift away whatever can be removed easily with a spatula or a dull knife. Let the mud dry, and then vacuum it. If the stain persists, then clean with a cloth dampened with ammonia-water solution. See “W” under the cleaning codes mentioned above.

Pencil Lead or Rubber Cement - See “S” under the cleaning codes mentioned above.

Urine, Mucilage, Perspiration - See “W” under the cleaning codes mentioned above. Follow up with a small amount of ammoniated liquid detergent. Rinse, let dry, and then vacuum.

Vomit – Begin by treating the stain with cold water. Follow up with unseasoned meat tenderizer. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and then rinse, let dry, and vacuum.

Wine, Alcohol, Beverages, Milk or Soft Drinks - See “W” under the cleaning codes mentioned above.

If you are ever unsure of how you should clean any fabric or any piece of furniture for that matter, then you should pay the money to have it cleaned by a professional to avoid any permanent damage that you could cause.

Find out what you need to know about furniture care for your Wood and Leather furniture investments.