What are fabric cleaning codes?
The following cleaning codes were adopted by the home furnishings industry in the late 60’s in order to create a standardized format to rate the methods of cleaning various types of fabrics.
When shopping for new furniture, you should be aware of the cleaning code for your new upholstered furniture. The cleaning code will give you insight to the use and care of your new furniture.
If the cleaning code is not available from the retailer, then you should ask for them to obtain it. It is wise to go cautiously when trying to clean fabric. Always pre-test in some inconspicuous place. Furniturebrains accepts no responsibility for any damage or problems that result from the following information.
The code “W” referes to water based cleaners.
To prevent overall soiling, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended. Spot clean using the foam only from a water-based cleaning agent such as a mild detergent or non-solvent upholstery shampoo. Apply foam with a soft rag or brush in a circular motion. Vacuum when dry. Always pretest a small area before proceeding.
The code “S” refers to solvent or dry cleaning products.
To prevent overall soiling, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended. Spot clean using a mild water-free solvent or dry cleaning product. Clean only in a well ventilated room and avoind any product containing carbon tetrachloride which is highly toxic. Pretest small area before proceeding.
A code for “W-S” refers to solvent and/or water based cleaners.
To prevent overall soiling, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended. Spot clean with a mild solvent, an upholstery shampoo or the foam from a mild detergent. When using a solvent or dry cleaning product, follow instructions carefully and clean only in a well ventilated room. With either method, pretest a small area before proceeding.
A code of “X” refers to vacuum or brush only.
Clean this fabric only by vacuuming or light brushing to prevent accumulation of dust and grime. Water based foam cleaners or solvent based cleaning agents of any kind may cause excessive shrinking, staining, or distortion of the surface pile and therefore should not be used.