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Fabric Codes

Before trying to clean your upholstery check your cleaning code. Using the wrong type of spot remover may have detrimental effects on the dyes or backings on some upholstery; the manufacturer may label furniture with a cleaning code indicating the safest method for cleaning.

Cleaning codes can usually be located on a tag attached to a cushion, on the flat area supporting the seat cushions (“decking”), or on the bottom of the furniture. If the cleaning code cannot be located, the manufacturer of the furniture or retailer should be contacted for assistance.

Always follow the upholstery cleaning codes, and then pretest any remedies used for spot cleaning in an inconspicuous area before using them.

Fabrics:

“W” Code:
Clean the fabric with a water-based product, such as the foam from a mild detergent or a non-solvent upholstery shampoo. Use sparingly and avoid over-wetting

“S” Code
Clean the fabric with a mild water-free dry-cleaning solvent. Use sparingly, in a well-ventilated room.

“WS” Code:
Spot clean the fabric with a dry-cleaning solvent, the foam of a mild detergent or an upholstery shampoo, depending on the stain.

“X” Code:
Have the fabric professionally cleaned. Only clean this fabric yourself by vacuuming or brushing it lightly to prevent accumulation of dust and grime. Liquid cleaners may cause discoloration, fading or distortion of fabric.

Leathers:

There are not exact cleaning codes for leather upholstered furniture but there are some simple steps you can do to determine your furniture’s leather type. And, with that you can determine a care kit that’s suitable for your furniture.

Test for Nubuck:
Brush over your leather furniture and if you see a change in shade or if it has velvet like feel you probably have a finish called Nubuck. This type of leather is soft and very absorbent of moisture and calls for a kit specially formulated for Nubuck or Suede.

Test for Suede:
Brush over your leather furniture and if it feels soft but appears rough in texture you probably have a leather called suede. This type of leather is very absorbent of moisture and calls for a kit specially formulated for Suede.

Test for Aniline:
If you can take your fingernail and scratch the surface without a lot of pressure you probably have an Aniline leather. This type of leather can be shiny or dull in appearance and calls for a kit specially formulated for Aniline.

Test for Finished Leather:
This type of leather has none of the qualities that Aniline leather does and is also resistant to absorption. Finished leather calls for a kit specially formulated for finished leather.

If you are still unable to identify or have questions on your furniture’s leather type, please contact the store where you purchased your furniture.