Decoding Cleaning Codes: Furniture and Upholstery

Decoding Cleaning Codes: Furniture and Upholstery

How To Clean Your Furniture

When deciding on which furniture you’ll be making memories on for years to come, cleaning and maintenance definitely play a factor. On most furniture you already have at home, you’ll find the cleaning codes under the seat cushions, if they are detachable, or on attached tags.

Most manufacturers list this information on their websites, and we list this information whenever possible as well. Ever seen an “S” or a “W” on a furniture label when shopping at American Freight? Maybe you’ve seen it online when reading furniture descriptions.

For example, here is a screenshot of the description for our recently featured Mickey Slate 2 Piece Sectional Sofa:

Now that you know how to locate them, what do these cleaning codes mean?


Cleaning Code “S”

Think of this like “Dry Clean Only.” Water is a no-no, and this fabric must be cleaned with cleaning solvents. Spot cleaning is only advised if the product is meant for home dry-cleaning use. Stains, spills, or dirt should be cleaned as soon as possible to retain the look and lifespan of your furniture.

Remember: “S” Cleaning Codes mean they MUST be cleaned with cleaning solvents, aka “Dry Clean Only.”



Cleaning Code “W”

This code stands for “Water.” If this is your furniture’s cleaning code, you’re safe to use water and a combination of foam upholstery cleaner or carpet cleaner on a spill. Water-based shampoo will work as well. The most durable and long-lasting of all upholstery, you’re in luck if this is your cleaning code! Look for this when purchasing pieces that will get lots of use like living room furniture and dining room chairs. If you have children or pets, this may be your best bet as well.

Remember: “W” Cleaning Codes mean Water is okay to use.


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