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How to crack the secret cleaning code of your couch



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I need advice! We have an "S" sofa that we like enough (a couch we can not afford at the moment). We got it when our daughter was about 1

and she is 8 now. There are plenty of spots, visible and others: milk, infusion, yogurt, chocolate, ice cream, oil and probably another child's weight for sweat and dander. Oh, and we have two cats and a dog.

I tried 70-90% alcohol and a stiff nylon brush, vinegar and baking soda and (the lesson learned) the washing machine. Nothing seems to work. What do you recommend? I am open to the use of elbow grease, chemical cleaners or even a professional if this is the case. I want people to pass without adjusting the light to put a shadow on the side of the good spot.


Good news! You already know the couch code – I'm referring to the "S" you mentioned. Bad news! You do not know what the couch code means. But do not worry because I know about the couch code and meaning of the couch code and I'm here to explain it to the rest of you.

Furniture manufacturers use a cleaning code to indicate how best this is to clean upholstery; This information is printed on a care label, which is usually sewn on the bottom of the seat. It can sometimes be difficult to find (both the tag and the code), and it is often easier to visit the manufacturer's website, which usually contains the code information in the product description.

If you have found the day, or if you want to inform your couch about the likes of the couch, you will find one of four letters:

  • W = wet / water cleaning only
  • S = dry cleaning only
  • SW = dry solvent and / or wet cleaning
  • X = Only professional cleaning or vacuuming

So we already know that our LW has an S code couch, which means it has to be cleaned with chemical cleaning agents. Which … is not very helpful, because how, what now?

Here's what to do with chemical cleaners: you can buy them at most hardware stores, hardware stores, or of course Amazon. The liquid usually comes in a huge can, but smaller amounts can be found if you only need to treat small spots. And here are your instructions: Begin by placing the solvent on a white or light colored cloth and staining with the stains, applying more solvent to the cloth as needed. However, be sparing in using the solvents as it is a little a long way.

I think this will be the best way, but for others of you who have an S code couch that has only small stains, or if you want to hold something in the hand, if Stains happen, then take a can of either K2r or Blue Coral. Both are great, easy-to-use products that are safe on S-Code padding – including in-car interior trim!