These universal cleaning codes are the result of test methods conducted by fabric manufacturers in accordance to the Joint Industry Standards Committee. These cleaning codes do not guarantee the cleanability of any fabric. Always spot-test in an inconspicuous area before proceeding to more visible areas.
CODE W (Wet Clean) is assigned to fabrics that are man-made such as polyester, nylon, acetate, and acrylic. These are generally the most stain resistant fabrics and the easiest to clean. Code W means that water and a mild soap such a dish soap or upholstery shampoo may be used to clean your furniture. Blot and rub with a clean dampened rag to remove stains. Always spot-test in an inconspicuous area before proceeding. Do not over-saturate. Professional steam cleaning may be needed for heavily soiled items.
CODE S (Solvent Clean) is assigned to organic fibers such as cotton, rayon, linen, wool, or silk. It means that the fabric is sensitive to water and that wetting it may leave permanent water rings or cause the material to shrink. In order to prevent these damages, use a dry cleaning solvent instead, carefully following the manufacturer instructions. Solvents are used to break down soiled oily spots and leave the area dry. They do not react well with water. Clean spots or stains from the outside to the middle of the affected area to prevent circling. Always spot-test in an inconspicuous area before proceeding. Do not over-saturate. Professional dry cleaning is recommended for heavily soiled items.
CODE WS (Wet Clean OR Solvent Clean) means that both types of spot cleaning methods may be used. The best approach for these types of fabrics is to first spot-treat with water and a mild detergent or upholstery shampoo, which often and if that fails, try solvents. Always spot-test in an inconspicuous area before proceeding. Do not over-saturate. Steam cleaning is not recommended.
CODE X means that the fabric should be cleaned by vacuuming or light brushing with a non-metallic, stiff bristle brush only. Any other cleaning methods may risk shrinking, discoloration, or other damage. Do not use water or solvent-based cleaners.
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