When you’re on the hunt for a new couch, it can be a relatively easy process – love it, want it, bought it. But beauty aside, it’s not always easy knowing how to clean it when the time comes. Well, there’s actually a code of letters somewhere on that new snazzy couch that will let you know just what type of cleaning it requires. Here’s how to crack the cleaning codes for your couch.

Code

W

What it Means

Take a look around your couch. If you spot a “W” it’s a keeper. This letter means that your furniture is washable.

Cleaning Tips

Your furniture can be cleaned with water or any type of wet vacuum to remove those pesky stains.

Other Facts

This letter is most popular for obvious reasons – it’s more durable and stress-free for when the kids get a bit too crazy with those markers.

Code

S

What it Means

If you see an S on the furniture, it means stay away from water. Think of dry cleaning but for your furniture – only dry spot removals and cleaners allowed.

Cleaning Tips

This upholstery requires cleaning solvents. This means that even once you’ve applied an appropriate cleaning solvent for spot removal, use a hair dryer to dry the spot to avoid a moisture ring being left behind.

Other Facts

Water will most likely cause damage if you attempt to apply it.

Code

S/W

What it Means

Not as common these days, S/W code means that your furniture can withstand both cleaning solvents and water.

Cleaning Tips

As convenient as this may sound, it can also make the material tricky to deal with. It’s generally recommended to let a professional handle to cleaning job.

Other Facts

can also make the material tricky to deal with. It’s generally recommended to let a professional handle to cleaning job. Your best bet is to try and avoid purchasing furniture with these codes as they can be finicky, or place them in areas where they won’t be as susceptible to spills and stains.

Code

X

What it Means

Although this type of code is not very common these days, if you do happen to end up with one, it means it cannot be cleaned with water or any solvents. Your only option is vacuuming.

Cleaning Tips

If you’re on the hunt for furniture and you see an X imprinted somewhere on it – walk away.

Other Facts

If you were hoping for a couch that would be durable and long-lasting – this certainly isn’t the code you want.

It’s important to know some of the finer details when it comes to large purchases such as a new couch. With this quick guide, now you’ll be well equipped for cracking that couch cleaning code.