Furniture Cleaning Codes and what they mean
Furniture cleaning codes are recommended cleaning methods from the manufacturer to clean that particular fabric. These codes are for cleaning professionally. As they are recommendations, we look to the code for guidance, but not for the final say. We will sometimes lightly steam a fabric that is solvent only because we know the solvent will not offer a cleaning result that will actually make a visual improvement. We are guided by our experience on what method to use based on the soil level and cleanability of that particular piece of furniture.
"S" Codes stand for "Solvent" and mean that piece should be cleaned with a dry cleaning solvent. Do not saturate. Do not use water. Pile fabrics may require brushing to restore appearance. Cushion covers should not be removed and dry cleaned.
"SW" code means the method can be Solvent or Water or even a mixture of the two. Can be spot cleaned with upholstery shampoo, foam from a mild detergent, or mild dry cleaning solvent. Do not saturate with liquid. PIle fabrics may require brushing to restore appearance. Cushion covers should not be removed and dry cleaned.
"W" code means the method can be a water-based shampoo or foam upholstery cleaner. Do not over wet. Do not use solvents to spot clean. Pile fabrics may require brushing to restore appearance. Cushion covers should not be removed and laundered.
"X" code means do not use water or solvent-based cleaners. Use vacuuming or light brushing only.
Unmarked Fabrics - there are a lot of custom pieces of furniture and they do not always have tags on them. When dealing with unmarked pieces, we err on the side of caution or may test the fabric area to make sure no color bleeding occurs.