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Care Tips for Textiles/Fabrics

  • Vacuum the surface of your furniture regularly, including the deck under the cushions, with the upholstery attachments of your vacuum cleaner.
  • Direct sunlight can cause the fabrics to fade. Care should be taken to limit the amount of direct sun on any piece of furniture.
  • Loose cushions should be flipped and rotated frequently to minimize soiling and add to the longevity of your upholstery.
  • All spills should be cleaned immediately, start by blotting the spill using a clean, absorbent cloth. If stain remains, please follow the care instructions below according to the type of fabric on your upholstery.
  • To successfully clean fabric, it is important to determine the type of fabric and the recommended cleaning code. The cleaning code for your upholstery can be found on the law tag attached to the furniture. Always pretest an incospicuous area of the upholstery before spot cleaning.
  • If you have purchased an after-market Stain Protection System, please consult the retailer or Stain Protection provider for cleaning instructions.

Industry Cleaning Codes

S – Spot clean only with a water-free dry cleaning solvent. Pretest a small, inconspicuous area before proceeding. Do not saturate. DO NOT USE WATER.  Pile fabrics may require brushing with a non-metallic, stiff bristle brush to restore appearance. Cushion covers should not be removed and dry cleaned. To prevent overall soiling, frequent vacuuming or light brushing with a non-metallic, stiff bristle brush to remove dust and grime is recommended.  When cleaning a spill, blot immediately to remove spilled material.   Clean spots or stains from the outside to the middle of the affected area to prevent circling.  Overall cleaning by a professional furniture cleaning service only is recommended.

W – Spot clean only with water-based shampoo or foam upholstery cleaner. Pretest for color loss and fabric compatibility. Do not over wet. Use professional upholstery cleaning service for overall soiling.

WS – Spot clean with upholstery shampoo, foam from a mild detergent, or mild dry cleaning solvent. Pretest a small, inconspicuous area before proceeding.  Do not saturate.  Pile fabrics may require brushing with a non-metallic, stiff bristle brush to restore appearance.  Hot water extraction of steam cleaning is not a recommenced cleaning method. Cushions casings should not be removed and laundered or dry cleaned.  To prevent overall soiling, frequent vacuuming or light brushing with a non-metallic, stiff bristle brush to remove dust and grime is recommended.  When cleaning a spill, blot immediately to remove spilled material. Clean spots or stains from the outside to the middle of affected area to prevent circling.  Use a professional furniture cleaning service when an overall soiled condition has been reached.

X – Cleaning only by vacuuming or light brushing with a non-metallic, stiff bristle brush.  DO NOT USE ANY WATER OR SOLVENT BASED CLEANER.

Caution

Never remove cushion covers for separate dry cleaning or laundering. Do not use bleach, any tumble method cleaning service as this may destroy the backing of the fabric, shrink, or otherwise damage the upholstery fabric.

Consumer Alert

Keep your furniture and family safe from fires caused by careless smoking. Do not smoke when lying down or drowsy. Always check the furniture where smokers have been sitting for improperly discarded smoking materials. Ashes and lighted cigarettes can fall unnoticed behind or between cushions or under furniture. Do not place or leave ashtrays on the arms of chairs where they can be knocked off. Remove immediately any glowing ember or lighted cigarette that has fallen on furniture. Smoldering smoking materials can cause upholstered furniture fires.

 

Slipcover Care

Even if you have a washble slipcover you may want to have it professionally dry cleaned.  The body slipcover of a sofa is a fairly bulky load, requiring a "laundromat" type of washer.  Should you choose to wash your slipcover, follow these instructions.

  • We suggest that you run the washer through a wash cycle empty before washing your clipcover -- just to be sure it is free of any detergent, bleach, or other impurities that might spot or stain the slipcover.
  • We also suggest that you wash the entire slipcover; washing only select parts may result in color variations on the piece of furniture (you may want to consider washing all pieces in the collection at the same time, i.e., wash the sofa, the chair and the ottoman covers at the same time -- again, to minimize color variations which may occur with washing).
  • Don't overload your washer.  Separate the slipcover into two loads, washing the body cover in the first load and the cushion covers in the second load.
  • Zip the zippers (closed) on pillow and cushion covers to prevent damage when washing.
  • Use the gentle cycle on your washing machine.  Use cold water and a mild detergent.  Do not use a detergent with bleach or a bleach additive.
  • Remove the slipcover from the washer immediately at the end of the cycle.  While air-drying is preferred, you can use the dryer - on the NO HEAT setting.  Tumble dry until the slipcover is just slightly damp.
  • Put the Body slipcover back on the piece of furniture while still slightly damp - you may need to stretch it a little to get it back on.  Putting the cover back on while it's still slightly damp ensures it will dry to fit.
  • Covers for the seat and back cushions and pillows should be replaced slightly damp as well.  Stand the cushions on end, rotating them every 20 to 30 minutes until dry.  This will prevent any water that may drain to one side of the cushion from sitting in one place and possibly causing a water stain.

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