My upholstered furniture has a care label that states that only “dry sol-vents” be used for spot cleaning. Do I need to have it dry cleaned?
NO. These labels are directed at the consumer. Since most consumers are not trained in fiber identification, dye stability testing or cleaning procedures, the manufacturers recommend only the safest spot cleaning procedure. They do not say that this procedure will actually clean the spot! Most soil on upholstered furniture is water soluble. Dry solvents will have minimal affect on this type of soil. The care label also instructs consumers to have the furniture professionally cleaned. Professional cleaners are trained to perform the proper tests on upholstery to determine the most appropriate and safe procedures to use. These labels are not directed to the professional cleaner.