I just drycleaned two cushion covers off of my best customer’s very expensive sofa and they shredded around the edges. She said the sofa was new, but the damage looks like “dry rot” from old age to me. What do you think? A:
Many upholstery fabrics are not suited for immersion type drycleaning. So that the furniture and its covers match and no damage occurs, upholstery fabric usually requires in- home professional cleaning following the prescribed cleanability code (as adopted by the American Furniture Manufacturers) for cleaning as stated on the original hang tag on the furniture.
Many cushion covers have a very loose weave that is stabilized and held together by a solvent-soluble coating. Total immersion in solvent will dissolve the coating, and the agitation of drycleaning will cause the fabric to fall apart. Therefore, it is suggested that before any upholstery pieces are subjected to cleaning, the cleaner should ask the customer what he or she knows or can find out about the furniture manufacturer’s intent for care.