Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online

Coded for cleaning

June 13, 2012

MUKILTEO, WA — It is often difficult to identify the type of fabric used on upholstered furniture — a serious problem, as using the wrong cleaning chemical, spotter or cleaning method can easily damage fabrics, according to a press release.

Although it is not mandatory, some upholstery fabric manufacturers print American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International fabric codes on their products'' labels to deal with this issue, the release stated.

According to the release, these codes give consumers and cleaning professionals information about the colorfastness of the fabric in question, specifically as it relates to cleaning and the use of cleaning and spotting agents.

"Before cleaning any upholstered item, cleaning technicians should check to see if the label on the upholstered item bears a code," said Mark Baxter, an engineer with U.S. Products.

"With this information, the technician can get a good idea about what cleaning methods and chemicals are recommended for that particular upholstered item," Baxter added.

For a list of codes and their significance, click here.

Click here to read the complete release.