Upholstery Cleaning Labels, Decoded

March 23, 2013 | By | Comments (10)

Modern Blue Sofa

If you or a guest spilled something on your sofa this weekend, here’s how to decode the cleaning labels on your upholstery before you tackle that stain:

W = can be treated with water-based cleaners

S = can only be treated with solvents

WS = can be treated with water-based cleaners or solvents

X = should only be vacuumed, no detergents or solvents

Get more help in our stain removal guide.


  1. celia Bedilia

    Reblogged this on celia bedilia designs and commented:
    I thought all my readers would like this information!
    Best, Celia

    March 23, 2013 at 8:43 pm
  2. Marie Roxanne

    Now where would this label be “hiding” on a couch or chair? On the bottom of the piece?

    March 24, 2013 at 4:12 am
  3. Kristin Appenbrink

    Hi Marie, the label is likely underneath the cushion, attached to the seat of the chair or couch. If not there, check the bottom of the piece. It will vary depending on the manufacturer.

    March 25, 2013 at 9:15 am
  4. Upholstery cleaner Alex

    I believe that upholstery with label X can also be professionally cleaned.

    April 5, 2013 at 9:07 am
  5. John

    Hi guys, great site. I own a carpet cleaning company and we are always looking for people to guest post on our 2 carpet and upholstery cleaning blogs. If you would like some extra exposure for your site let me know

    Thanks, John.

    May 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm
  6. Taylor

    That’s really useful – many people don’t pay attention to the label, then wonder why their sofa has been ruined through solvent cleaning!

    May 31, 2013 at 5:05 am
  7. prodrying

    These labels are not always accurate but they generally are. Just don’t get it confused with the label that states what the filler material is.

    As with John above I also own a carpet cleaning, water restoration, and oriental rug cleaning company and am also looking for a guest blog poster. If you would like to do this let me know.

    August 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm
  8. alexnulsen

    Helpful to know which types of Upholstery can handle water!

    December 10, 2013 at 7:01 pm
  9. topcleaning13

    Hey, I am absolutely delighted with this wonderful blog!


    September 10, 2014 at 6:15 am
  10. Betty Gilbert

    Last month I bought a beautiful yellow sofa. I love it but I know that I should clean it after an year and I had no idea what the cleaning labels mean on it. Thanks for sharing!

    December 10, 2014 at 7:31 am

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