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How to Care for Your Fabric Upholstery

GENERAL CARE:

Dust your furniture frequently by using the soft brush attachment on your vacuum. Frequent vacuuming will reduce the abrasion of fibers that cause fabric to look worn.

Avoid direct sunlight as much as possible. UV light will cause fading and deterioration of your furniture. Close curtains or blinds during the day, or cover your furniture to prevent fading.

Rotate your cushions if possible. By flipping your cushions, you will extend the life and comfort of your furniture as well as reduce noticeable wear.

Avoid direct contact of pets and bare skin on your furniture. Natural oils from pets and humans can rub off on your furniture and are very difficult to remove.

Be cautious of clothing such as blue jeans and printed materials such as newspapers as the dyes and inks may transfer onto your furniture.

Be respectful of seating limitations. The frame of your upholstered piece is probably made of wood. Overloading it may put undue stress on the frame and result in cracks or other damage. Do not jump or fall onto your furniture. Sudden jolts may also cause damage to the frame.

Sit only on seat cushions. The backs and arms of your furniture are not designed as seating, so it may not hold up if used as such.

Avoid setting your upholstered furniture close to heating or air conditioning vents. Changes in moisture and temperature may cause your furniture to warp. (A minimum distance of 12" is recommended.)

Always use caution when moving your upholstered furniture. Never drag or pull, always lift. Remember to tie down sleeper mechanisms. Measure halls and doorways to prevent scrapes and tears.


CLEANING TIPS:

Identify the Cleaning Code for the type of fabric you have. Contact the Retailer you purchased from for information on which code to use. (See more on cleaning codes later)

Attacking spills as soon as they happen is important. You will have more success removing a fresh spill than one that has had a chance to "set" into the fabric.

Remove new spills by blotting, don't rub (this will only spread the spill). Blot the spill with a clean absorbent cloth starting from the center and working out to the edges.

Read and follow the directions of any cleaning agent you use to insure that your fabric does not
get damaged. Do not use pre-soaked wipes (such as baby wipes), as the alcohol in these products may lift dyes from your fabric.

If water may be used to clean the spill, distilled water is preferable. (Tap water may have chemicals that will leave spots in your fabric.)

Always pretest your cleaning method on a hidden area to insure color fastness. If any color comes off of the fabric, stop and contact a professional cleaning service.

Dry a clean spot quickly by using a small fan or hair dryer on a low setting.




CLEANING CODES:

There are cleaning codes that have been established by the home furnishings industry to identify the recommended cleaning methods for different types of fabrics. Each fabric is labeled with the corresponding code.

W (Water based cleaner)
To prevent overall soiling, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended. Spot clean using the foam only from a water-based cleaning agent such as a mild detergent or non-solvent upholstery shampoo. Apply foam with a soft rag or brush in a circular motion. Vacuum when dry. Always pretest a small hidden area before proceeding.

S (solvent or dry cleaning products)
To prevent overall soiling, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended. Spot clean using a mild water-free solvent or dry cleaning product. Clean only in a well ventilated room and avoid any product obtaining Carbon Tetrachloride which is highly toxic. Always pretest a small hidden area before proceeding. Cleaning by a professional cleaning service is recommended.

W-S (solvent and or dry cleaning products)
To prevent overall soiling, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended. Spot clean with a mild solvent, an upholstery shampoo or the foam from a mild detergent. Vacuum when dry. When using a solvent or dry cleaning product, follow the instructions carefully and clean only in a well ventilated room. Always pretest a small hidden area before proceeding. Cleaning by a professional cleaning service is recommended.

X (vacuum or brush only)
Clean this fabric only by vacuuming or light brushing to prevent accumulation of dust and grime. Water based foam cleaners or solvent based cleaning agents of any kind may cause excessive shrinking, staining or distortion of the surface pile and therefore should not be used.

PW (pre-washed)
Usually pertains to removable slipcovers only. Clean this pre-washed fabric with a mild detergent in cold or warm water. Wash on the gentle cycle of a large commercial washer. Remove promptly and dry in a dryer at 120 degrees or less. Hanging to dry is not recommended as fabrics may stretch. Professional dry cleaning is recommended.

Microfiber is one of the most recent developments in the fabric industry. Microfibers are man-made materials that are created much differently from traditional woven fabrics. These fabrics are often very easy to clean, but should be cared for by following the specific instructions given by the manufacturer of your microfiber. Please ask us how to care for your specific microfiber fabric.

Please note that instances of pilling and fading are not covered by the manufacturer's warranty and are considered part of the normal wear process. Cushions containing down and feathers may experience some loss of feathers over time with frequent use, please note that this is normal.