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Understanding upholstery cleaning: how to keep your furniture clean

Keeping your upholstery clean and free of stains and dirt can be quite a challenge. But did you know that most upholstery fabrics have a cleaning code that can help you get the job done easily? Knowing these codes, you will be able to take care of your furniture without much hassle. This article will walk you through these codes, as

well as give you some tips on keeping your upholstery in good condition.


The first step to cleaning upholstery is to find the fabric cleaning code. If you bought furniture in a store, the code will be on the tag. If not, contact the fabric manufacturer. Once you know the code, you can proceed with the appropriate cleanup method.


Before using any cleaner, it is very important to test it on a small, inconspicuous area to make sure it does not damage the fabric. If you don't know what to do, it's best to contact a professional upholstery cleaner.


Let's take a look at the various cleanup codes:

(they serve to understand what tool can be used)


"W" - Code W stands for "Water Based Cleaner" and is the simplest code. This indicates that you can clean the fabric with a water-based shampoo or foam upholstery cleaner. You can use a brush or carpet cleaner, but be careful.


"S" - Fabrics coded S must be cleaned with solvent cleaners "solvent-based cleaners" (dry clean only). Use a waterless solvent to treat stains.

(it is important to note that the type, color and weave of the fabric greatly affects the cleaning result and the result is not always positive)

!be sure to test the cleaning agent before use, on an inconspicuous area of the upholstery!


"W/S" - This code means that you can use both dry cleaning solvents and water-based cleaners. However, it is important to test the cleaner on an inconspicuous area first.


"X" - fabrics with code X can only be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner or a light brush. These fabrics must not be cleaned with water or solvent-based cleaners.

- with such a fabric you need to be VERY careful, even just spilled clean water will leave a stain that cannot be removed


In addition to knowing the cleaning codes, you can follow these basic tips to keep your upholstery clean:


Use the upholstery nozzle on your vacuum cleaner daily to remove dirt from furniture surfaces. Don't forget to vacuum under the pillows too.

Turn your sofa cushions over or reposition them regularly to distribute wear.

Clean up spills immediately by gently blotting with a clean, absorbent cloth. For stubborn stains, follow the cleaning method recommended by the fabric code.

In conclusion, understanding upholstery cleaning is critical to keeping your furniture clean and long lasting. By following the right cleaning method and basic tips, you can keep your upholstery in good condition for years to come.

Cleanliness is the key to health.

Purity in your home!

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