Upholstery Care 101: Decoding Labels

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Much like your favourite piece of clothing, your upholstered furniture bears a tag that details how you should go about cleaning it. Of course, delicacy is a must when it comes to one of the bigger purchases in your home or office, but knowing what the labels mean not only keeps your furniture happy, but your wallet as well. We share four of the most commonly seen cleaning codes:


Water-based cleaning agents, such as water-based shampoo or foam upholstery cleaners, get the job done. This also means that you have in possession one of the easiest fabrics to clean for, either by spot or steam cleaning.


Use mild water-free, dry-cleaning solvents only in a well ventilated area. As the fabric is sensitive to water, it may be scarred with water rings or even shrink when it comes into contact with water. It is advisable to vacuum after the soil has been separated from the fabric.


You might have guessed it, but this code means that your fabric can be cleaned with a combination of water-based agents and dry-cleaning solvents. Depending on the type of stain, use water-based agents on water-based spots and dry-cleaning solvents on oily spots.


As the code implies, water-based agents and dry-cleaning solvents cannot be used as they cause the fabric to shrink, stain or even distort. Exercise caution and only vacuum or lightly brush to remove dry soils.

 But what if your furniture does not have a label? We would advise you to first identify the manufacturer then contact them to provide you with the proper cleaning procedures. If that is not possible, test out water-based agents and dry-cleaning solvents on an unexposed area to determine which is detrimental to your furniture.

 Still unsure how best to care for your furniture? Leave your upholstery in the capable hands of Toyo Jitsugyo as we offer professional upholstery care that guarantees results. Contact us today to learn more.

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