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Fabric Cleaning Guide

The following is a list of basic rules on how to care for fabrics:

Protect fabric from the sun

Direct sun is very harmful for your fabric. When using a fragile fabric such as silk taffeta, be sure to line and interline your fabric to prevent it from tearing and fading. If you can avoid placing upholstered furniture where the sun shines, do so. If not, draw the shades whenever possible.

Use a good dry cleaner

Use a good dry cleaner whenever possible. Make sure they don't use harsh chemical. By vacuuming frequently, you won't have to dry clean as often. Do dry clean before excessive soil accumulates.

Treat spills promptly

Treat spills immediately by gently plot away with the spill with a clean, dry absorbent cloth. DO NOT rub. For dried contaminants, try using a soft brush or a dull knife prior to using a wet treatment. Always follow manufacturer care instructions

Here's a quick guide on how to clean spills:

Contaminant Cleaning Method
Chocolate/Coffee Use tepid water (1 tablespoon of laundry detergent with 2 cups of warm water). Dampen the cleaning cloth and gently blot away the spill. Do not rub. Rotate the cleaning cloth often and rinse with water to ensure complete removal of soap residue.
Fruit Same as above but use cold water instead of warm water.
Ink Use rubbing alcohol combined with the first cleaning method.
Milk, wine, soft drinks Use tepid water (1 tablespoon of laundry detergent with 2 cups of warm water). Dampen the cleaning cloth and gently blot away the spill. Do not rub. Rotate the cleaning cloth often and rinse with water to ensure complete removal of soap residue.
Grease, oil, lipstick Use a mild solvent based residential upholstery cleaner
Wax Brush first, then Use a mild solvent based residential upholstery cleaner
Vomit Lift with cold water sponge, then use tepid water (1 tablespoon of laundry detergent with 2 cups of warm water). Dampen the cleaning cloth and gently blot away the spill. Do not rub. Rotate the cleaning cloth often and rinse with water to ensure complete removal of soap residue.
Pencil Use a mild solvent based residential upholstery cleaner, then dampen the cleaning cloth and gently blot away the spill. Do not rub. Rotate the cleaning cloth often and rinse with water to ensure complete removal of soap residue.
Mud Lift off, vacuum then use tepid water (1 tablespoon of laundry detergent with 2 cups of warm water). Dampen the cleaning cloth and gently blot away the spill. Do not rub. Rotate the cleaning cloth often and rinse with water to ensure complete removal of soap residue.
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