upholstery care


general care

Keep upholstered items out of direct sunlight and away from heating or air conditioning units. We always recommend a professional service for best cleaning results. At-home spot cleaning should be done carefully, work slowly and be sure to use the right cleaning products for your fabric.

Use protective spray or fabric protection service such as Fiber-Seal.


before cleaning

check care label
Before cleaning upholstery, read item’s care label to determine the right cleaning method for your fabric. If your item requires water to clean, always use distilled water. Tap water often contains minerals that can cause stains. Upholstery labels are commonly coded as either of the following: W (water-based clean), S (dry clean only), S/W (wet or dry clean), X (vacuum or light-brushing only).

prep + spot test
Vacuum the upholstery to remove all loose dirt, do not use brush attachments as this can damage the fabric. Always test any cleaners, including water, on a hidden or inconspicuous area of the upholstery to ensure it won’t damage, discolor, stain or shrink fabric. Be sure to dry completely before you check.


cleaning spills

Clean spills immediatly after they occur. Use a clean, dry cloth to soak up any liquid. Blot stain until all liquid is absorbed. Never rub fabric to clean spills. Never use forced heat to dry spills or wet spots.


removing stains

Dampen slot cloth in mixture of distilled water and mild detergent and gently blot area. Blot dry with dry cloth. To prevent water stains, dry with hair dryer on cool setting only. Never use forced heat.

Dampen a soft cloth with cleaning agent, depending on label code. Gently wipe stain in circular motion, working towards the center of the stain. Rinse cloth thoroughly, repeat process until the stain is removed.

Gently blot area with a soft cloth dampened with mixture of distilled water and mild detergent. Repeat until stain is gone, then blot with dry cloth. You can also use these stain-specific cleanings methods for linen: 

For coffee or tea, blotch stain with glycerin. Allow glycerin to soak into the fabric for a few minutes, wash off with lukewarm water.

For makeup, blot stain with ether or alcohol, then wash off with lukewarm water. 

For grease or oil, blot stain with small amount of petrol or trichloroethylene. Spread talc or baking powder on area, then brush it off thoroughly. Rinse treated area with water.

Damp-wipe area as needed or clean with saddle soap or leather cream. Dry thoroughly with clean, dry cloth. Don’t sweat small scratches, they often heal over time. Any noticeable, deep scratches can be covered with commercial leather dye.

Manufacturers should sell touch-up kits in the same color as the furniture. Consider buying one or two kits when you purchase the piece, in case the color is discontinued.

Wipe away dirt and dust with suede brush or terry cloth. Use only made-for-suede leather cleaners to remove stains. Dry spots can be removed with a gum eraser.

Dampen a terry cloth with white vinegar or rubbing alcohol and gently blot stain. Do not saturate fabric. Let dry, then lightly brush area to remove stain.