What the S-Code on Your Upholstered Fabrics & Rugs Really Mean
When a fabric has a (S Code) many people believe that it means “dry clean only”! The “S” actually stands for solvent, which as you know is liquid. This dispels the common misconception that dry cleaning means that no liquid can be used.
Our Approach to Dry Cleaning S-Code Upholstered Furniture & Rugs
WCS has a method for dry clean only fabrics on upholstered furniture and high dollar rugs. We lay down a blanket of “dry clean” then use water based over the top and finish the process with a solvent. This typically yields the very best results, without ruining the piece you are cleaning. This is obviously important and it’s why many Tampa upholstery cleaners don’t offer upholstery cleaning or rug cleaning services for “S Coded” fabrics and furnishings.
Dry Cleaning High Dollar Rugs & Oriental Rugs
Some high dollar rugs also require “dry cleaning.” This is to prevent the bleeding of colors. We use a dry-clean product for cleaning “S-Code” carpets and rugs by Milliken Mills that comes in powder form. It is very effective, although it too requires a “pre-spray” solution. This dry powder is also used as a last resort for some spots or spills that simply won’t budge with typical cleaning methods. However, the typical methods must be used first to get the desired results. This includes providing ample drying time. When this is the case, and an additional visit to the home or office is required, there is generally an additional charge. WCS technicians will provide this powder along with instructions for use to our special customers. If the spot or spill returns, they can DIY and save some money!
A Trusted Source for Cleaning Fine Fabrics & Carpets in Tampa Bay
Bottom line is this: Most “Rug Scrubbers” (i.e., companies who are misleading consumers about dry cleaning fine rugs and furniture) simply do not have the knowledge required to clean fine fabrics and fibers. This is especially true for those that require special care as indicated with the “S-Code.” WCS is one of the very, very few carpet & upholstery cleaning companies in Tampa Bay that understands complex fabrics and textiles. WCS has decades of experience.
“We have cleaned high end rugs and upscale furnishings like a $20,000 silk sofa resulting in nothing but very satisfied customers, which is our goal.”
In 36 years in business, WCS has never had a claim to our insurance company. Why mention this? Most “rug scrubbers” can’t or don’t purchase insurance so if your furnishings are damaged, there is little chance that you’ll recover anything for damages. This is an important question to ask when you’re looking for a Tampa carpet cleaning company who can clean luxurious fabrics and expensive rugs. This speaks to our knowledge and ability to care for fine upholstered fabrics such as oriental or wool rugs and upholstered furniture Not a bad percentage considering we have cleaned many thousands of carpets, rugs, sofas and chairs!
Keep in mind, it has taken many years to perfect the way we do things. WCS owner, Anne and her team of technicians are absolute perfectionists. WCS takes NO shortcuts. If there is ever a doubt about how your fabrics or fibers should be cleaned, WCS will test the fabric or fiber to make certain we thoroughly understand the fabric or fibers, before we begin the cleaning process. This attention to detail and respect for your furnishings is what sets us apart . This is what keeps our clients coming back, year after year!
Dry Cleaners for Rugs & Fine Upholstered Fabrics Tampa, St. Petersburg, FL
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