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Care Instructions for Fabric & Upholstery

General Upholstery Care

  • Because dust and dirt cause upholstery to wear faster, we recommend vacuuming as needed with an upholstery attachment.
  • Flip, rotate and fluff reversible cushions regularly to ensure even wear and increase longevity.
  • Feather and down cushions, much like down comforters or pillows, need to be fluffed more frequently to restore their loft.
  • Tight, attached seat and back cushions will stretch and wrinkle with use. You can easily restore their appearance by smoothing the surface and tucking excess upholstery into the sides of the seat or back with your hand.
  • To minimize fading, we recommend placing your upholstered pieces where they won't be exposed to direct sunlight.
  • An periodic professional cleaning will keep your upholstery looking its best.

Fabric Spot Cleaning

IF you purchased a fabric protection warranty for the item, please just blot off the stain, and then immediatly call the fabric protection company care number listed on your warranty or the websites below, BEFORE you start cleaning the spot on your own.

  • For persistent stains and overall cleaning, contact an in-home professional upholstery cleaning company. Reference your fabric's cleaning code.    If you do not know the cleaning code or type of fibers in the fabric, we may be able to help on recently purchased items.    Call us at 541-753-4851.
  • For spot cleaning, use a clear cleaning product that corresponds with your fabric's cleaning code. Test any cleaner in an inconspicuous area first. Never use spot cleaners containing bleach or alcohol.
  • Do not dry clean or machine wash cushion casings as it may damage the fabric, backing or stitching.
  • You'll get the best results if you treat stains immediately. Blot up as much of the spill as possible with a clean, dry, white cloth. Don't rub!
  • Apply a small amount of cleaner to a clean paper towel. Avoid oversaturation which can damage the fabric backing or upholstery foam.
  • Blot the stain with a clean, dry, white cloth, not to the fabric which will just dissolve the stain into the fabric.    Blot off the stain material from the outer edge to the center of the stain.
  • Continue to apply paper towels wetted with cleaner sparingly and blot until the stain no longer transfers onto the cloth. This may take several attempts.
  • When you have removed as much of the stain as possible, blot any remaining cleaner from the fabric.

Fabric Cleaning Code Guide

Unfortunately,  fabric cleaning codes  only identify the type of cleaner that is least likely to damage the fabric,  they do not tell you what type of cleaning solvent will be needed to dissolve the specific material that is on the fabric.

 Abrasion cleaners such as an art gum eraser are best at removing light surface dust dirt, but should be applied lightly to avoid roughing up the fabric.

Clear water based detergent cleaners are best at removing ground in dirt, organic stains, or non greasy stains, but will also lift some oil based stains.

Clear petroleum solvents such as paint thinner or dry cleaning solvent are best for removing heavy grease stains or paint products.   Fingernail polish or lacquer stains will require fingernail polish remover or lacquer thinner, which should be used very carefully and not be applied to flocked fabrics.

Denatured alcohol is best for removing most ink stains.

If you do need to remove a non-recommended cleaner to get out a particular stain -  1. apply the solvent only to the cleaning cloth, not the fabric, and keep the area treated as small as possible.   2. if the stain is on a zipped cushion, unzip the cushion and put a pad of absorbent paper towels etc. directly under the spot so any solvent or stain that soaks through the fabric will be absorbed into the pad.

Standard Fabric cleaning codes-

  • S = Solvent. Use only water-free, pure cleaning solvents.   The fabric probably contains natural fibers which may shrink or change texture if soaked with water or water based cleaners, or may be subject to dye bleeding if wet.
  • W = Water. Use only water-based upholstery cleaning products.    The fabric probably has a latex backing applied at the mill to help it hold its shape, and to hold seams, or is a laminated or flocked fabric.    Use of strong petroleum based solvents or oil based cleaners such as Citrus oils or nail polish remover may dissolve the adhesive and result in delaminated areas or loss of seam strength.
  • SW = Solvent or Water. Use of pure cleaning solvents or water-based cleaning products is probably OK, but always pretest, and clean carefully and progressively as needed.
  • X = Only vacuuming is recommended.    So if you need to use a solvent to clean these fabrics, do it carefully and always pre-test the solvent on a hidden area of the piece.

Slipcovers

  • Follow the general care and spot cleaning instructions above.
  • For overall cleaning, we recommend professional dry cleaning. Always clean the entire slipcover to prevent color variations and ensure even wear.
  • Make sure to close all zippers and fasten Velcro® before cleaning.

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