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Cleaning Upholstered Furniture Tips and Codes?

Updated: Jul 19, 2023

Now that you have purchased your beautifully upholstered furniture how do you keep it clean?

Here at Newton Coley our furniture is not only beautiful, it is also built with everyday living in mind. We put a lot of thought into how to create pieces that will withstand an active home.

We are not just a pretty face.

Cleaning upholstered furniture doesn't have to be hard. Just follow our regular, yet simple care tips and you will enjoy your beautiful purchase for many years to come.


Weekly vacuuming or light brushing is recommended as this will help remove soil, and prevent it from being embedded between the fibers which can increase abrasion and wear.

The life of the upholstered cushions can be increased through periodic turning. Weekly reversal of the loose cushions will allow even distribution of wear over long periods of time.

Follow the recommended cleaning codes for soils and stains. Blot up stains as quickly as possible. DO NOT RUB. Prompt attention to stains will increase the success of removing them.

If you are unsure how to clean your fabric, and the cleaning code is not available, it is recommended that you contact a professional cleaner.

The furniture industry recommends professional cleaning when overall cleaning is necessary.


It is recommended that you wash the entire slipcover together, including the casings. This will minimize any color variations that may occur during the wash process.


Zip the zippers closed on any pillow, back, or cushion casings to prevent damage during the wash. Use cold water and mild detergent.


Remove the slipcover immediately after the wash cycle is complete. While air drying is recommended, you can use the dryer on the NO HEAT setting. Tumble dry until the slipcover is just slightly damp. Putting the slipcover back on slightly damp will ensure proper fit.


For light cleaning, brush off loose dirt and rinse with water. For spot cleaning,, use a sponge or soft bristle brush with a solution of 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of water. Rinse and airdry.

Outdoor fabrics do not typically promote mold or mildew growth; however, it may grow on dirt or other foreign substances if not removed from the fabric. To remove such mold or mildew, prepare a solution of 1 cup of bleach and 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of water. Use a fisting spray bottle to spray the area. Allow to sit 15 minutes. With a sponge or soft bristle brush, work from the outside in on the soiled area. Rinse your sponge or bristle brush frequently as you clean. Rinse thoroughly to remove all residue, and let air dry.


Dust your leather furniture periodically. Dust is a drying agent for leather.

Do not place leather furniture in direct sunlight. Sunlight will fade any natural product.

For spills, contain as quickly as possible. Blot, DO NOT RUB. For stubborn stains, use a high quality leather cleaner. Always test an inconspicuous area first.


Simple stains should be able to be cleaned with a little water and blotting.

Tough stains such as coffee and little dirty paws should be able to be cleaned with upholstery or household cleaners.

Cleaning performance fabrics
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Cleaning Upholstered Furniture Continued:

Cleaning Codes:

S - Solvent

Fabric is sensitive to water and wetting - May leave water rings, or cause fabric to shrink.

To prevent damage - Use water free, dry solvent based cleaners only.

Always pre-test inconspicuous area before proceeding.

SW - Washable

Wash Slipcover in cold water using a biodegradable detergent or Eco-Friendly soap.

**Dry on lowest heat setting. Remove from dryer slightly damp.**

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W - Wet

Use water-based cleaning agent and a clean white towel to dab out spots.

Steam cleaning or hot water extraction is acceptable if done by a Licensed Professional Only.

WS - Wet & Solvent

Used for both wet and solvent cleaning.

For oily areas solvents are recommended.

For Water based spots it is recommended to use water based cleaning methods.

**Most likely the Water Based cleaning method will remove the soiled area - This should be the first method used**

X - No Cleaning

This type of material is only meant to be vacuumed and brushed to remove dry, soiled areas.

For further questions:

If you have any further questions on cleaning your Newton Coley furniture please don't hesitate to contact a Newton Coley Associate or your Sales Representative. .

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