Furniture Care

You know you can count on Westrich Furniture even after the sale.  We take pride in being one of very few retail furniture stores in Northwest Ohio who provide to our customers a very experience service staff with our own, complete service shop to provide efficient assistance.

What this means to you is if a question, concern, or unfortunate case arises with your furniture, we will not ship your furniture away for weeks.  In some instances we can come to your home to look at it. Or if needed, we can bring the piece in and have it back to you in a timely manner.

Like your car, its good to do some periodic maintenance on your furniture and you can do it yourself. See below for answers to some popular furniture care questions.

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Furniture Care Tips

Q.  How do I clean and care for my fabric or leather furniture?
A.  The recommended cleaning care is chosen based on careful testing by fabric suppliers. Westrichs recommends professional cleaning when overall cleaning is necessary.  For spot cleaning, it is always best to try applying compressed air or light brushing on the dirt spot with out using liquid substances.  If that doesn't clean it, then check the recommended cleaning code or check with a professional cleaner.

Most of Westrich Furniture's Manufacturer fabrics carry the furniture industry's cleanability code adopted in 1969. It gives the consumer information about the proper methods to clean specific fabrics. There are four letters in the code, immediately followed by care instructions. The code letters are W, S, W-S, and X.

Permanent care law labels will normally be found under the seat cushion. When spot cleaning, it is always a good idea for consumers to first pretest fabric for discoloration and shrinkage on an inconspicuous part of the furniture. When overall cleaning is required, professional cleaning will often achieve the most satisfactory results. Never remove cushion covers or arm caps for separate cleaning. This may destroy the backing, cause shrinking and color changes.

Fabric Cleaning
Code "W"
To prevent overall soil, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended. Spot clean, using the foam only from a water-based cleaning agent such as a mild detergent or non-solvent upholstery shampoo product. Apply foam with a soft brush in a circular motion. Vacuum when dry. Pretest a small area before proceeding. Use a professional furniture cleaning service when an overall soiled condition has been reached.

Code "S"
To prevent overall soil, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended. Spot clean using a mild water-free solvent or dry cleaning product containing carbon tetrachloride which is highly toxic. Pretest a small area before proceeding. Cleaning by a professional cleaning service only is recommended.

Code "W-S"
To prevent overall soil, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended. Spot clean, with a mild solvent, an upholstery shampoo, or the foam from a mild detergent. When using a solvent or dry cleaning product, follow instructions carefully and clean only in a well ventilated room. Avoid any product which contains carbon tetrachloride which is highly toxic. With either method, pretest a small area before proceeding. Use a professional furniture cleaning service when an overall soiled condition has been reached.

Code "X"
Clean this fabric only by vacuuming or light brushing to prevent accumulation of dust or grime. Water-based foam cleaners or solvent based cleaning agents of any kind may cause excessive shrinking, staining or distortion of the surface pile and, therefore, should not be used.

Leather Cleaning

Because leathers vary, always consult manufacturer's care instructions. Frequent dusting is the only way to clean most leathers with limited surface protection. An art-gum eraser may remove ordinary dirt. The uncoated surface readily absorbs liquids and oily substances. Stains may be impossible to remove. For the same reason, leather creams may create blotches.

Coated leathers, on the other hand, resist staining. They can be occasionally washed with a mild soap (such as castile) and water, wiped with a slightly damp cloth and buffed dry. If desired, use furniture leather cream once or twice a year.

Do not use oils, furniture polishes, or varnishes on leather because these products may contain solvents that might make the leather sticky.

Q.  The fabric on my furniture has tiny fuzz balls. What are they and how can I get rid of them?
A.  “Pilling” refers to those little fuzz balls that collect on the surface of many woven and knit fabrics. It occurs when loose fiber ends escape from their yarn or thread twist. As fabrics experience abrasion through normal wear and use, these loose ends get bound together. Due to the strength of most fabric fibers, these pills are unable to break away from the fabric itself and collect on the surface of the fabric. This is normal and should be expected with some fabrics.  They may be trimmed carefully with a scissors or a fabric shaver.

Q.  The cushions for my furniture have flattened.
A.  Cushions may over time lose some of their firmness, much as any foam or pillow type product would under normal circumstances. You will notice some compression loss and this is normal. Pillow back styles need occasional fluffing.  Some styles also have zippers underneath for additional dacron or poly-fill.  Also, occasionally flipping and rotating seat cushions (if removable) will help the wear and density of the cushion.

Q.  My reclining furniture is making marks on my carpet. How do I prevent that?
A.  In order for your reclining mechanism to operate smoothly, the factory uses a lubricant on some of the metal parts.  We have found that in some situations, the weight of the furniture causes the carpet nap and padding to compress, which may cause the metal parts to rub against the carpeting. This could cause the lubricant to leave discoloration on your carpet.  To prevent this from settling into you carpet, you can use coasters under the legs/feet of your furniture.  Check periodically to make sure the mechanism parts are not rubbing against the carpet.  If you do find discolorations, you can use Formula 409 or something similar to clean it.  Repeat cleaning process if necessary.

Q.  Can I spray my furniture with something to prevent it from spills and stains?
A.  Yes. Westrich Furniture can treat your upholstery with Ultrashield Protector, the world's leading protective treatment.  This treatment forms an invisible shield around the fibers that allows both water and oil based stains to be cleaned away without a trace.  Yet the treatment doesn't affect the look of the feel of the fabric. So your furniture is easy to maintain, easy to clean, and stays new looking longer.  Visit to find out much more on this product and more on how to maintain your furniture.

Q.  What should I be aware of with my wood product?
A.  Variations in texture and grain do affect the finish; it is impossible to guarantee an exact match between two pieces of wood even though identical finishing processes are used.  These differences in character are not defects, but variations that make each piece of furniture unique.

Alcohol, nail polish, perfumes, and chemicals in plastic can cause severe finish damage.  Wipe up all spills promptly.  Water left over a prolonged time may cause white spots in the finish.

Most wood products have natural (un-protective) finishes; Please be advised that scratching is possible and darker stains will show this more readily; Moisture & heat can damage the finish; Dust with the grain of your furniture to avoid scratches from dust particles.  Small mars and scratches may be touched up or covered with "Touch-Up Sticks".  These may be purchased at Westrich's, Wal-Mart, Lowes, etc.  Some other suggestions for natural (un-protective) tops are table pads, tablecloths, place mats, or glass with bumpers.

"Formica" tops occasionally can be polished with furniture polish to restore shine in top. A "catalyzed finish" is a moisture and chemical resistant finish.  It is still susceptible to scratches and heat.

Q.  What if I have a question that isn't answered here?
A.  Contact our Service Department at, otherwise we recommend visiting the Manufacture’s website of the piece you purchased from us.

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