If you've just purchased new furniture, you want to keep it looking its best so that you can enjoy your investment for years to come. The easiest way to keep your furniture looking new is by properly cleaning and caring for it.
General Furniture Care
Whether you have an upholstered sectional or a wooden end table, it's important to keep your furniture out of direct sunlight, away from heating or air conditioning vents, and away from moisture to keep it looking its best. Regularly vacuum your upholstered furniture to keep it free of dust and debris.
Cleaning Code: W
Microfiber, one of the most popular types of upholstery fabric, is made of 100% polyester and has a cleaning code of W. Cleaning code W means that you should spot clean with a water-based shampoo or upholstery cleaner only. When cleaning, don't over-wet the fabric. If your fabric has a pile, it might need to be brushed to restore its appearance. Microfiber does not need to have Scotchgard™ applied after you purchase it.
Cleaning Code: W or WS/SW
Chenille can have two different cleaning codes depending on the type of fibers used to make the fabric. If the fabric is 100% polyester, it will have a cleaning code of W and should be spot cleaned with a water-based shampoo or upholstery cleaner. If the chenille is made of a combination of fibers like cotton, polyester, acrylic, rayon, or olefin, it will have the cleaning code WS (also written as SW or W-S), indicating that it should be spot cleaned with upholstery shampoo, mild detergent, or mild dry cleaning solvent. Be sure to not saturate the fabric with liquid when cleaning.
Linen, Tapestry Fabric, and Delicate Fabric
Cleaning Code: S
Linen, tapestry fabrics, and other delicate fabrics have a cleaning code of S. Cleaning code S indicates that you should spot clean the fabric with a mild, water-free dry cleaning solvent only. Using water or detergent-based solutions on the fabric can cause discoloring or water spots.
Cleaning Code: W
Because the top layer of bonded leather is made of polyurethane, it has a cleaning code of W and should be spot cleaned with a water-based shampoo or upholstery cleaner.
Cleaning code: X
Leather has a cleaning code of X. Cleaning code X means that the piece should be cleaned by vacuuming and dusting only. Water or solvent will harm the leather.
If you aren't sure what type of fabric your furniture is upholstered with, you can usually find the cleaning code underneath the seat cushion, under the ottoman, under the leg rest of a reclining piece, or on the underside of the item.
By simply caring for your furniture and knowing how to properly clean it, you can ensure that your furniture will look beautiful for years to come.