A question we always ask customers when buying upholstery is, “how will it be used?” One of the reasons we ask, is to determine what fabric or leather will be appropriate for the environment and type of use it will get, i.e.; we wouldn’t suggest an open weave if you have cats with claws! Likewise, it is important to choose a fabric with an appropriate cleaning code. There are 3 cleaning codes to look for (these are marked on all of our fabric swatches and we always point them out). 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. W and W/S fabrics are the best choices for active environments, (kids and pets and). Of course, we always suggest regular vacuuming and periodic rotation of loose seat and back cushions for even wear. You might also want to consider having us apply fabric protection for added piece of mind. And finally…as with anything you use frequently and wish to prolong the life of, “Take care of it, and it will take care of you.”