RWLTD CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE GUIDE FOR TEXTILES AND SURFACES.
RWLTD has arranged this guide for your ease and convenience. We recommend that, regardless of which fabric you wish to clean, you begin by reviewing the following information in sequence:
Identify type of fabric and contents: drapery in polyester, crypton upholstery in rayon polyester, cubical in polyester treviraCS, etc
Locate cleaning code on tag of fabric: S, WS, W, X
Is this Regular Maintenance or spot cleaning?
ACT Cleaning codes and definitions
W –Clean only with water-based Cleaner or foam upholstery cleaner. Do not over wet. Do not use any solvents.
S –Clean only with solvent based cleaner. Do not saturate. Do not use any water.
WS –Clean with water based or solvent based cleaner. Do not saturate with liquids.
X –Do not clean with either water or solvent-based cleaner. Use only vacuuming or light brushing.
Section one: cubicles, draperies, bedding, bedskirts and sheers
Trevira cubicles ‘W’ code: Machine Wash; Tumble Dry low. Commercial laundering for maintenance can be laundered up to 160* F, the recommended temperature for disinfecting cubicle curtains. Subsequent touch up ironing or the use of the press should not exceed 275* F , or excessive shrinkage may occur.
Polyester Sheers ‘WS’ code: Regular maintenance should include lightly vacuum with brush attachment to remove dust. To clean drapery, Dry Clean Only with a light load same colors. Ironing is ok on lowest possible setting. Spot Cleaning should be done with a damp sponge/cloth and water based cleaner.
Section two: Upholstery cleaning by contents:
Solution dyed nylon upholstery: are “WS” Cleaning Code. These fabrics contain 100% solution dyed fibers and are very colorfast. These can be cleaned with both water-based and solvent-based cleaning systems, including such strong cleaning agents such as diluted bleach in a ratio of 1 part chlorine bleach solution ( Clorox type bleach) to 10 parts water.
Heavy-duty solution dyed fabrics like these tend to be used in healthcare, hospitality and institutional environments involving greater staining risks.
For Stubborn stains spot cleaning use one of the following:
Use a carpet cleaning detergent.
Blot stain with diluted bleach (1 part ‘Clorox type’ bleach, 4 parts water) and allow cleaner to sit for approximately 60 minutes. Then remove bleach solution by hot water extraction (“steam cleaning”). If cleaning with bleach does not completely remove the stain, please consider the spot cleaning consulting a professional cleaning service.
For solution dyed nylon upholsteries, you may use quaternary type germicides. When doing so, make sure to RINSE THOROUGHLY, or some staining may occur. Disinfectants such as germicides should only be used according to the manufacturer’s recommendations: do not deviate or damage to fabric may occur.
Crypton Upholsteries: please refer to the crypton care website to clean crypton upholsteries
Polyurethanes: Standard Vinyl’s and Polyurethanes with “W” cleaning code.
For regular maintenance, wipe upholstery once a month with a damp, soapy cloth or sponge and rinse with clean water. If you have any doubt about the proper maintenance procedures, cleaning or spot removal, seek expert advice from a reputable cleaning service. All cleaning should be water based.
STAKLEEN vinyls are WS cleaning code. For regular maintenance remove ordinary dirt and smudges with a mild soap and water solution. Dry with a soft, lint-free white cloth or towel. The use of “conditioners” or “protectants” is not required and is not recommended for use on Sta-Kleen upholstery.
Spot Cleaning STAKLEEN vinyls: ball point and permanent marker inks over time can be more challenging and should be removed by first rubbing with a clean lint-free white cloth. If a ghost stain still appears apply 91% isopropyl alcohol to a clean cloth or sponge and rub until the stain is removed. Follow with a cold water rinse and then dry with a clean soft white cloth to remove any residual cleaning agent.
Sta-Kleen upholstery can be disinfected with a solution of 6 parts water and 1 part bleach, using a clean white cloth or sponge. Afterward, always rinse the area with cold water, and dry the surface to remove any residual bleach solution.
For any questions please contact RWLTD