Pollack recommends the following guidelines for fabric care. Specific instructions can be found on pattern pages.
To prevent build up of dirt and dust particles, it is important to vacuum upholstered pieces often with a soft brush attachment. Regular rotation of loose cushions will equalize the wear and prolong the life of your fabric. If pilling occurs, use a fabric shaver to easily remove.
Fabric Cleaning Codes
The appropriate Cleaning Code for each fabric is listed on the pattern's detailed fabric specification page. For upholstered pieces, these codes apply only to the outer fabric covering.
S Solvent-based cleaning agents only (water-free, dry cleaning)
W Water-based cleaning agents only (solvent-free cleaners, shampoos or foams)
WS Water-based cleaning agents should be used for water-based stains; use solvent cleaners (dry cleaning) for oil-based stains
WBC Can be cleaned with bleach, in addition to water-based agents; these fabrics will have specific recommendations on their specific page
WSBC Can be cleaned with bleach, in addition to water and solvent-based agents; these fabrics will have specific recommendations on their specific page
Immediately blot the affected area lightly with a clean, dry cloth.
It is best to consult a professional home furnishings cleaning service, advising them of the type of stain and the fiber content of the fabric to be treated.
Work in a well-ventilated area, away from open flames.
Always pre-test any recommended cleaning agent on a small, inconspicuous area of the fabric to make sure there are no problems with colorfastness, shrinkage or spotting.
Do not apply any solvent directly to the stain; moisten a clean cloth with the solvent and gently blot the stain.
Work from the outer edge of the stain to the center.
Do not rub the stain; this could damage the fabric.
Do not over-saturate the fabric; this could damage the upholstery's filling material.
Allow the fabric to dry completely after testing.
After cleaning, pile fabrics may need to be brushed with a non-metallic bristle brush to restore their appearance.
Steaming / Ironing
Care should be taken to use the proper temperature settings for each fiber when steaming or ironing.
Dry cleaning is recommended for most fabrics, except where noted, and should be done at regular intervals by a reputable professional cleaner specializing in home furnishings. Always advise the dry cleaner of the fiber content of the fabric prior to any treatment.