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.