Cleaning a sofa fabric: Look before you clean!
There are a few factors you need to keep in mind when determining how to clean a fabric sofa properly.
ALWAYS REVIEW YOUR MANUFACTURER’S INSTRUCTIONS:
Check the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions before attempting to remove stains from your sofa. Failing to do so will warranties or flat-out ruin your couch.
THE TAGS ON YOUR FURNITURE CAN ANSWER MANY CLEANING QUESTIONS:
If you can’t find the manufacturer’s instructions, don’t freak out. There should be a tag on your sofa cushions that tells you the fabric contents, such as whether the material is water-soluble or bleach cleanable. Keep in mind that one side of the tag may address the cleaning of the sofa cover, while the other will provide information for washing the cushions.
PROPERLY READING A CLEANING TAG CAN SAVE YOU A LOT OF GRIEF:
Typically, you’ll find one of four letters on the cleaning tag of your sofa. Here’s what each means:
W — You can clean this material using water.
S — No water. You’ll need to purchase a special solvent-based cleaner.
WS — You can use water or a solvent-based cleaner on this sofa.
X — Vacuum only.
How to Clean a Fabric Sofa If It’s Stained
First, we recommend buying an upholstery fabric with Revolution Performance Fabric. Revolution Fabrics are stain resistant and bleach cleanable. we have not found a stain that won't come out of Revolution Fabrics. Coffee, wine, ketchup, mustard, even Sharpie marker will come out of Revolution Fabrics.
Revolution Performance Fabric has its own fabric cleaning instructions that are unique to Revolution. We do not ask you to use any volatile solvents or harsh cleaning chemicals to clean your couch. Most stains can be cleaned with 2 oz of bleach to 30 oz of water. This is best measured by a standard 32 oz spray bottle and is the best method for applying your cleaner. Read more on the exact step by step details on how to clean a fabric sofa.
How to Clean Revolution Performance Fabrics
- Remove any loose debris and blot stain.
2. Blot or spray water and bleach solution on the stain and allow the solution to soak into the fabric (if possible, place a clean towel between the fabric and foam cushion to absorb any excess moisture).
3. Thoroughly rinse the fabric with water until clean.
4. Let fabric air dry.
How to clean certain spills out of Revolution Upholstery Fabrics
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All Revolution Fabrics are bleach cleanable and steam cleanable.
If your sofa fabric is non-Revolution upholstery fabrics, we recommend looking at the tag before steam cleaning. If you have a sofa marked “W” or “WS,” you may be able to use an upholstery steam cleaner. However, not all "w" and 'WS" fabrics can be steam cleaned. Please check with the manufacturer before applying heat to any fabrics.
Additionally, you’ll want to do a spot test on a small out-of-the-way part of the sofa to make sure steaming won’t cause any permanent damage.
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