Many furniture makers attach cleaning labels to furniture, either under the cushions or on a fabric sample tag. These labels may include a letter that indicates the cleaning method recommended for that furniture and upholstery. It is recommended that you clean upholstery labelled "W" with water-based soaps and cleaners; clean furniture labelled "WS" with either a water-based cleaner or a solvent. Furniture labelled "S" is usually rayon or silk that requires dry-cleaning solvents. Water-based cleaners may shrink these fabrics or leave a permanent water stain.
Things you need
Spoon or butter knife
Clean white cloths
Scrape any solid dirt or matter off the upholstery with a spoon or butter knife.
If a spill is fresh, blot the upholstery with paper towels or clean white cloths to remove excess liquid.
Apply a small amount of dry-cleaning solvent to a white cloth, and blot the upholstery gently.
Blot stains by working from the outside of the stain inward to prevent the stain from spreading.
Apply a clean, dry cloth to the stain to blot up the dry-cleaning solvent.
- When shopping for furniture, consider washability, especially if you have young children. Washable fabrics are easier to maintain than those requiring solvents.
- Run fans and open windows for ventilation when using dry-cleaning solvents to clean upholstery. Never use solvents, which are flammable, in rooms where there is an open flame, such as a lit fireplace, cigarettes or candles. Cleaning an entire piece of furniture with dry-cleaning solvent is dangerous. Leave extensive cleaning to a professional.
Things you need
- Spoon or butter knife
- Paper towel
- Clean white cloths
- Dry-cleaning solvent