Cleaning Codes

Home Décor Fabrics – Fabric Cleaning Codes

S:  Cleaning code “S” means dry clean only.  You may spot clean stains using a water-free solvent cleaner.  Test first in a hidden area.  Use the water-free solvent cleaners in a well-ventilated area and keep away from any flames.  Use a hair dryer to dry the spot you just cleaned.  If the fabric is a velvet, suede, or other napped fabric, use a soft brush to help keep the nap looking undisturbed.  NOTE:  Most upholstery fabrics are cleaning code “S”.

W:  Cleaning code “W” means water-based cleaners only.  Fabrics with cleaning code “W” are the easiest fabrics to clean.  You may spot clean using a variety of water-based shampoo or foam carpet and upholstery cleaners with a brush to agitate the cleaner or an upholstery attachment on a carpet cleaner. NOTE:  Do not use a cleaning solvent as it may permanently ruin the fabric.

WS:  Cleaning code “WS” means water or solvent based upholstery cleaners can be used.  Pre-test in a hidden spot to determine which cleaner will work best on that particular stain.  For overall dirt, a professional cleaner would be best.

X:  Cleaning code “X” means you can only clean by vacuuming or light dusting.  The fabric is not cleanable with water or solvent cleaners.