Fabric and Leather Care
Care & Cleaning of Upholstery
To successfully clean fabric, it is important to determine the type of fabric and the recommended cleaning code. This information can be found on the tag attached to the furniture.
General Cleaning Instructions
Spot clean only with water-based shampoo or foam upholstery cleaner. Pretest a small, inconspicuous area first. Do not saturate. Clean spots or stains from the outside to the middle of the affected area to prevent circling. When cleaning a spill, blot immediately to remove spilled material. Pile fabrics may require brushing with a nonmetallic, stiff bristle brush to restore appearance.
Do not use solvents to spot clean. Hot water extraction or steam cleaning is not recommended. Cushion covers should not be removed and laundered.
To prevent soiling in general, frequent vacuuming or light brushing with a nonmetallic, stiff bristle brush to remove dust and grime is recommended. Use a professional furniture cleaning service when an overall soiled condition has been reached.
Spot clean only with a water-free dry cleaning solvent. Pretest a small, inconspicuous area first. Do not saturate. Clean spots or stains from the outside to the middle of the affected area to prevent circling. When cleaning a spill, blot immediately to remove spilled material. Pile fabrics may require brushing with a nonmetallic, stiff bristle brush to restore appearance.
Do not use water. Cushion covers should not be removed and dry cleaned.
To prevent soiling in general, frequent vacuuming or light brushing with a nonmetallic, stiff bristle brush to remove dust and grime is recommended. Use a professional furniture clezaning service for overall cleaning.
Water-based stains include ketchup, mustard, wine, soft drinks and most food stains.
- The first step is to lightly blot the area to remove excess liquid compounds. This may be done with a paper towel or a light cotton terrycloth. Using neutral soap and water, gently rub the soiled area from side to center to avoid a halo effect.
- Rinse thoroughly with plain water to remove excess soap.
- The area may then be blotted with a clean towel, rubbing in a gentle circular motion to maintain the suede surface or dried by using a hair dryer to quickly complete the drying process.
- Buff or vacuum afterwards to maintain the suede look and feel.
Do not use a foam or liquid cleaner of any type. Vacuum or brush lightly to remove soil.
Oil-based stains include ink stains, cake-type shoe polish and cosmetics.
In most cases, these stains may be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution, as with water-based stains, if the area is only lightly soiled. Examples of this would be a light pen mark or light shoe polish on the bottom of a recliner.
For heavier stains, a solvent compound may be necessary. If so, any over-the-counter compound, such as K2r upholstery cleaner or other nonbleaching household cleaners, may be used. Always spot clean an inconspicuous area first with the cleaner to make sure the fabric will not be damaged. Always follow instructions on the label of the cleaner. Lightly clean the area with neutral soap and water to remove any excess cleaner.
Dry and buff as in steps 4 and 5 for water-based stains.
For any type of cleaning, we recommend that a professional upholstery cleaner be contacted.
If you have further questions relating to your particular piece of furniture, please contact your dealer.
If you have a special question, please e-mail Customer Service and we’ll get back to you promptly.
Care & Cleaning of Leather
Leather is a natural material and, when properly cared for, it will maintain its beauty and appearance for many years. It is also the easiest to care for of all upholstery materials. Each leather type has its own care and cleaning specifications, but there are also some generalizations.
General Care Tips:
- Keep it clean. Vacuum and dust often using a crevice tool in seams.
- Though leather is resistant to fading, direct, prolonged exposure to the sun will cause any material to fade. Therefore, it is important to position your leather furniture away from windows, skylights or other intense light sources when possible.
- Keep your leather furniture at least 12” away from radiators and other intense heat generators to prevent drying and possible cracking.
- If spills do occur, attend to them quickly, blotting the stain rather than rubbing.
- Do not leave newspapers on leather furniture. The ink in the newsprint will rub onto the leather. This is true for all upholstery.
- Take extra care with sharp instruments and animal claws. Leather is much stronger than upholstery but will puncture with force, causing need for a difficult repair.
- Never use harsh cleaners, chemicals or saddle soaps as they may damage the finish. Before using any cleaner, test-clean on a hidden area.
- Depending on use, lighter colors may require more frequent maintenance than darker colors.