While they may often be large and obnoxious on your upholstered furniture, don’t cut off and toss the tags! When it comes to your upholstery and taking care of it, the tags are worth hanging onto. They have some essential information about the fabric and the best way to clean it. Part of the tag will reference the materials used to stuff the furniture, but you’ll want to look for the cleaning tag so you know exactly how to keep your piece of furniture looking its best

Here is some of the information you might see on your upholstery tags, and how to decipher what it all means. 

The Cleaning Tag

The cleaning tag on your upholstered furniture will list a cleaning code. Before we dive into what these codes mean, it’s important to note that these tags and codes are often a guideline to help you in spot-cleaning situations only. We also look at the tag when you bring in your furniture for a professional upholstery cleaning at Springer. It tells us how to avoid color loss, bleeding, browning, or shrinkage of your particular item during cleaning. 

The fabrics that are used to upholster furniture are made from a variety of fibers including cotton, polyester, silk, rayon, nylon, polypropylene, acrylic, wool, and more. Different fibers have different reactions to cleaning solvents. Additionally, these fibers can be woven in a variety of ways, and have unique dye methods, colors, and patterns. All of these variations can make cleaning challenging, but not impossible!

Understanding the Cleaning Codes

Using the wrong cleaning agent or method can permanently damage your furniture. So, before you go out and buy a spotter at the store to clean that stubborn stain from your couch or chair, check to see how your furniture should be cleaned by checking the tag. The cleaning codes will indicate how to properly clean the upholstery. There are four primary upholstery cleaning codes:

  • W: you should only use water or water-based agents to clean stains
  • S: solvent only products should be used, and water should be avoided
  • W/S: both wet and dry cleaning solvents are safe to use
  • X: avoid using any at-home cleaning products and have the upholstery professionally cleaned

These codes give you a basic idea of the sensitivity of the dyes and materials in your furniture and how you should handle cleaning up stains and spills. 

Need More Help? Bring Your Furniture (and the Tags!) to Springer 

If you’re still unsure of how to clean your furniture item after reading the cleaning tag, or you threw the tag away, bring it to Springer. We can either help you decipher the cleaning code on the tag, or give you advice on how to clean your upholstery based on our knowledge and expertise. 

When in doubt, leave it to the professionals! Give us a call today to schedule your upholstery cleaning services.