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Fabric Care & Cleaning Tips from Guardsman

General Care Tips

  • Re-arrange the furniture occasionally to ensure even use of the cushions and wear areas.
  • Reverse loose cushions weekly.
  • Vacuum often to remove grit that can cause abrasion.
  • Caution those wearing clothing with transferable dyes, such as blue jeans, etc., that the dye could transfer onto light-colored furniture.
  • Protect fabrics from the sun.  Ultraviolet light (sunlight) will cause fiber degeneration and color-fade.  Fabrics should not be placed in direct sunlight, as this may cause fading.  Occasionally, dyes can fade from impurities within the air.
  • Keep pets off the furniture.  Pet urine and pet body oil can be difficult to remove. Use proper care with structural weave fabrics (design created by the weave) to protect against snags.

Fabric Cleaning Codes

Before attempting to clean a spill or spot on your furniture, you should identify the fabric and correct cleaning method recommended by the manufacturer.  This information is represented by a cleaning code (W, S, WS or X) often found under a cushion, on the bottom of the furniture or on the manufacturer's tag.  If you cannot find this information, contact your sales representative at the furniture store where the item was purchased.


  • W - Spot clean with water-based cleaner.
  • S - Spot clean ONLY with mild water-free solvent cleaner.
  • WS - Spot clean with water-based or solvent cleaner.
  • X - Clean only by vacuuming or light brushing.

Guardsman Fabric Care Products

Guardsman Organic Stain Lifter™ is a water-based spot cleaner that cleans fabrics without leaving any residue.  It is recommended for fabrics treated with Fabri-Coate®. Guardsman Organic Stain Lifter is for use on W or WS coded fabrics only.  It removes water and protein-based stains such as coffee, blood, most food stains and pet stains. Pretest Guardsman Organic Stain Lifter in a hidden area for color loss and fabric compatibility.

Guardsman Citrus Spot Remover™ is a water-free cleaning solvent.  It removes oil-soluble stains such as grease, tar, oil, gum, oily foods and other stains. Guardsman Citrus Spot Remover is for use on S coded fabrics only.  Pretest Guardsman Citrus Spot Remover in a hidden area for color loss and fabric compatibility.

Cleaning Instructions

As a general rule, when a spill occurs, it is important to clean the fabric immediately. The longer a spot remains, the harder it is to remove; it may even become permanent. If you have cleaning directions from the furniture manufacturer, follow those. If none are available, use the instructions provided here. For fabrics coded W or WS, or those that can be cleaned with water-based cleaners, use Guardsman Organic Stain Lifter. If your fabric carries an S cleaning code, use only water-free dry-cleaning solvents such as Guardsman Citrus Spot Remover.

1. Gently scrape away any excess solid matter or liquid using a dull-edge spoon.

2. Pretest the cleaner you intend to use in a hidden area for color loss and fabric compatibility. Look for faded colors, shrinkage or dark rings; these are signs of incompatibility

3. If possible, place a clean white cloth under the area to be cleaned, such as the inside of a seat cushion. It will absorb the soil and produce better results.

4. Apply a small amount of cleaner to a soft, clean white cloth. Begin at the edge of the stain and work toward the center, turning the cloth often. Blot—don’t rub—the stain, as rubbing can roughen the delicate fibers and leave the fabric looking worn and faded.

5. After cleaning, "feather" the edges of the spot by brushing gently back and forth with a dry cloth. Dry quickly with a fan. This will help prevent ringing.

6. Keep a small stain small! A cotton swab, dipped into the proper cleaning solution and squeezed out, will wick up the dissolved stain, stopping it from spreading (this is a good fix for small ballpoint ink marks).

If your first attempt does not remove the spot, you may want to repeat steps three through five a second time.

Stain Removal Guide

Some stubborn spots may not respond well to the blotting technique described above. The following hints may help. Please note: Not all of the stains included in this chart are covered by the Furniture Protection Plan. As noted earlier, you should follow the furniture manufacturer's cleaning guidelines where applicable. Always pretest the cleaner in a hidden area.


    Ketchup, Chocolate, Cream/Milk, Earth, Blood, Excrement, Ice Cream, Mayonnaise, Mucus/Drool,Cheese, Egg, Soy Sauce, White Glue

    Use a solution of bleach-free liquid enzyme cleaner (laundry detergents), 1 part to 30 parts distilled water; rinse by blotting with distilled water; blot to remove excess water, then dry quickly with a fan.

    Berries, Coffee, Fruit Juice, Jam/Jelly, Soft Drinks, Candy, Tea, Mixed Drinks, Wine, Urine

    Use a solution of mild, bleach-free detergent, 1 part to 30 parts distilled water. If some of the stain remains, use a solution of 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts distilled water. Blot to remove excess moisture, then dry quickly with a fan.

    Crayon, Asphalt, Body Oil, Butter, Oil, Lipstick, Make-Up, Gravy, Hair Oil, Mascara, Shoe Polish, Shortening, Tar, Felt-Tip Pen Ink, Vaseline

    Use a water-free, dry-cleaning solvent. You may have to repeat procedure until stain is gone. Dry quickly with a fan when stain is removed.


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