Upholstery Cleaning – Dry Cleaning & Shampooing

upholstery-cleaning-chenilleIf you have bought furniture upholstered in fabric, you’ll know how important it is to take care of it to ensure it so stays looking its best. You may do regular vacuuming for removing surface dirt and dust, but what if someone accidentally spilt wine, sauce, or any other substance that can leave stains on your upholstery fabric?

Some upholstery fabric and weaves can react badly to certain cleaning substances and liquids. It’s important to not do anything rash that will harm the fabric.

Removing severe stains can be difficult, and it’s not uncommon that more damage is inflicted to the fabric in an attempt to remove the stain. Severe stains are often best left to cleaning professionals. It may not work out as cheaply as a DIY solution, but it’s far less risky and less likely to result in damage to the upholstery material.
If however you want to attempt this yourself, be aware that there are often cleaning codes found on the furniture. These are provided by the fabric manufacturer which cleaning method or methods are suitable to the fabric.

Below are the codes you are likely to find.

S – Can be cleaned with water free solvent.

W –Can be cleaned with water-based solvent.

W/S – Can be cleaned with either type of solvent.

X – Can be cleaned with light brushing or vacuum only.

Dry Cleaning (S – Water Free Solvent)

For liquid sensitive fabric, it is always better to do dry cleaning as water-sensitive fabric always has the risk of shrinkage. As with any cleaning method, it’s always best to do a spot check in an inconspicuous area to ensure the product will not damage the fabric. Research the process used thoroughly and research which product you should use.

Shampooing (W – Water-based solvent)

Shampooing is another method of cleaning upholstery fabric but again it’s vital to check the fabric doesn’t react to the cleaning solution in an inconspicuous area first. As with dry cleaning, it’s essential to research the process and products used thoroughly. You do not want to be doing more harm than good!

Either Method (W/S)

Some fabrics can be cleaned with type of solvents, and at the risk of sounding like a broken record, test the product in an inconspicuous area first!

Neither Method (X)

Unfortunately with these fabrics, your only cleaning options are light brushing and vacuuming. Avoid fabrics with this code if you have pets or children.


Depending on the severity of the stain, it’s often best to let professionals clean the fabric, however it isn’t impossible to do yourself if you have the right knowledge and products. chenille-cord-suite