How to Clean Upholstery With Dry-Cleaning Solvent

Written by julie christensen | 13/05/2017
How to Clean Upholstery With Dry-Cleaning Solvent
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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

  • Paper towel

  • Clean white cloths

  • Dry-cleaning solvent

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.

Tips

  • When shopping for furniture, consider washability, especially if you have young children. Washable fabrics are easier to maintain than those requiring solvents.

Warnings

  • 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

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