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Home Maintenance And Repair - 01500277
Upholstery Fabric Cleaning Code Labels
Some manufacturers have adopted the voluntary uniform standards for
furniture cleanability developed by an industry committee. If used,
each fabric will be marked with a code which indicates the appropriate
cleaning method. The code may be printed on fabric samples, on a label
under seat cushions and/or on hand tags. Use as a guide for spot
removal, and for overall cleaning.
W--Use Water-Based Cleaner.
Spot clean this fabric with the foam only of a water-based cleaning
agent such as a mild detergent or commercial upholstery shampoo. Use
sparingly. Avoid overwetting.
S--Use Solvent Cleaner. Spot
clean this fabric with a mild water-free dry-cleaning solvent available
in local stores. Use sparingly in a well-ventilated room with no sparks
or flame in the room.
CAUTION: Use of water-based solvent cleaners may cause spotting and/or
excessive shrinking. Solvent cleaning agents will not remove water
S-W--Use Water-Based or
Solvent Cleaner. Spot clean this fabric with a dry-cleaning solvent,
mild detergent foam or upholstery shampoo, depending on the stain.
X--Vacuum Only. Clean this
fabric only by vacuuming or light brushing to prevent accumulation of
dust and grime. Water-based foam or solvent-based cleaning agents of
any kind may cause excessive shrinking, fading or spotting.
This article was written by Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus
with references from Wisconsin Extension bulletin, Care and Cleaning of
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