It’s not easy to tackle mess on upholstered furniture. It is important to follow any cleaning code which can usually be found under the furniture or a cushion. The letters are usually:
W– for water. It is best to spot clean with a teaspoon of clear or white liquid detergent in a cup of water or with a water- based upholstery cleaner
S – for solvent. This means you have to spot clean with a dry- cleaning type, solvent- based product, in a ventilated area.
W/S – stands for water or solvent. Spot clean with either type of product.
X – means watch out. You are not to clean with either water or solvent- based products. Instead, vacuum or brush in one direction.
Many cleaning products have bleaches, detergents or solvents added that can affect the fabric, so testing on a hidden area should be done. Removing the cushion covers to launder them can distort the fabric; likewise it is not recommended to send the covers out for dry cleaning as their color or finish can change or distort the fabric. After cleaning, remove as much moisture as possible, but never rub or press hard on moist fabric. You can speed drying by setting up a fan or open a window near the furniture.
Before opting to pay extra for a stain-resistant finish, make sure it hasn’t been applied already. (to test, a drop of water should bead on its surface). It is important to read the warranty, as it may be void if you apply a stain-resistant finish yourself.