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Wet Cleaning / Fabric Cleaning Code "W"


Upholstery cleaning chemicals are hypoallergenic due to the increased contact with skin. Products used on upholstery must always be tested. Do this by diluting the chemical at the dilution you would use to clean the entire fabric. Look for bleeding, crocking, and color transfer while testing. Check the threading and piping for any abnormalities or different colors.

Open up the cushions at the zipper and look for any magic marker used to mark cushions. Common symbols on tags for upholstery are X - vacuum only, S - Solvent only, W - wet clean, and S/W - solvent or wet clean. Keep in mind that sometimes these symbols refer to the padding and not the fabric. This is why testing is always recommended.


  1. Vacuum the piece well. Be sure to use a crevice tool in the corners and crevices – never stick your hands in those crevices as there is no telling what could be there.
  2. Using a pump-up sprayer, apply Matrix Outset Upholstery Pre-spray undiluted. Avoid spraying any wood furniture or wood parts of the furniture. Wipe the wood with a clean white towel if the pre-spray wets it.
  3. Use a horsehair brush to agitate the heavily soiled areas.
  4. Allow 10 minutes of dwell time for soil suspension.
  5. Using an extraction machine, extract the furniture with Matrix Impression Upholstery Cleaning Concentrate diluted at 1-2 oz per gallon of hot water.
  6. With the extraction machine, dry vacuum all excess moisture especially around the arms and cushions.
  7. Speed dry with air movers.


Using protectors on upholstery
If the fabric is wet-cleanable, you can use any water-based protector (always test first), but dry solvents will penetrate the fibers better and protect better against oils.


Tips for Correcting Common Problems Found in Wet-Cleaned Upholstery

  • Color Bleeding: Stop cleaning, and then apply Matrix Complete Rinse. Spray on, and then rinse off. Be sure to speed dry. You cannot correct the bleeding but you can prevent it from spreading.
  • Yellowing/ Browning: Apply Matrix All Fiber Rinse diluted at 1-2 ounces per gallon of water. Spray on, and then rinse off. Be sure to speed dry.
  • Streaks: Over-wetting, missing an area with the tool, or clogged jets causes streaks. To correct the problem, you will need to re-clean the piece properly. If the jets are clogged, you will need to clean them by soaking them in vinegar and water before re cleaning the upholstery.
  • Water Rings/ Marks: Apply Wally Mist evenly and leave on the upholstery. Wally Mist = 2 pints of rubbing alcohol, 3 oz Downey, and 3 quarts of warm water. Mix all of these together. Spray and leave on.
  • Browning around Piping: The cause for this is excessive wetting in the piping area. To correct this, apply Matrix Target Tannin Stain Remover diluted at 2-6 oz per gallon of water, or apply a Reducing Agent diluted at 1 tsp into 8 oz of hot water. Apply, let dry, and then vacuum off.
  • Color Transfer from the Deck of the Sofa to the Cushions: The color transfer cannot be corrected, but to prevent it, dry the cushions in a teepee fashion with plastic between and underneath the cushions. Never put wet cushions back onto the deck of the sofa.
  • Dark Spots on the Arms of the Chair or Couch: This is usually caused by oils from the body. Use Chemspec Heavy Duty Soil Lifter undiluted. Apply to spots, and then use an upholstery brush to work into the upholstery.
  • Rust around Buttons: This is caused from excessive water around buttons. Apply Matrix Rust Eradicator undiluted to spots.

Always test material for colorfastness, follow label directions and never mix product unless specified in the label directions. Each situation reacts differently and results may vary.

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  1. EZ Spot® Portable Spotting Extractor with Heat
    EZ Spot® Portable Spotting Extractor with Heat
    The EZ Spot® Portable Spotting Extractor is ideal for spot removal in homes, offices, schools, commercial buildings, and automobiles. With its sizzling hot 750-watt heater, powerful 2 stage vacuum motor and custom detail tool, the EZ Spot® with heat sets the standard in compact cleaning equipment.
    • Ideal for quick touch-ups and spot removal
    • 55-PSI pump
    • 2.75 gallon solution and 3 gall recovery tanks
    • Powerful 750-watt heater
    • Includes hoses and upholstery tool
    • 10-foot vacuum and solution hoses
  2. Matrix® Target Tannin Stain Remover
    Matrix® Target Tannin Stain Remover

    Target is ideal for removing alkalines and tannin stains, such as coffee, tea, urine, perfume, and others. This acid-side spotter can also be used for correcting browning, dye reversal, and setting fugitive dyes. It is also excellent for removing ice melt residue.

    • Acid spotter ideal for correcting browning
    • Removes alkalines, coffee, tea, urine, and perfumes
    • pH: 0.05–1.0
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet
    • Dilute 2–6 ounces per gallon of water

    Starting at $12.81

  3. Handheld Solvent‑Resistant Pressure Sprayer, 1.5 Quart
    Handheld Solvent‑Resistant Pressure Sprayer, 1.5 Quart
    This 1-1/2-quart pump-up sprayer features a high-density polyethylene tank and a steel pump rod for extra durability. Fluid levels can be easily monitored through the translucent tank. A special pump bypass feature eliminates over-pressurizing of the tank. Solvent-resistant viton seals.
    • Industrial heavy-duty design
    • 1-1/2-quart capacity
    • Plated steel pump rod
    • Solvent-resistant viton seals
  4. Matrix® Outset Upholstery Pre‑Spray
    Matrix® Outset Upholstery Pre‑Spray

    Hair and body oils, food, beverages, pet hair, pet odors, and cigarette smoke can make upholstery very hard to clean. But Outset Upholstery Pre-Spray does an exceptional job of dissolving these tough upholstery soils.

    • Dissolves tough upholstery soils
    • Self-neutralizing formula
    • pH: 7.0–8.0
    • Safe for use on wool
    • Ready to use

    Starting at $25.95

  5. Matrix® Impression Upholstery Cleaning Concentrate
    Matrix® Impression Upholstery Cleaning Concentrate

    Impression has been formulated to withstand extreme heat, so it works with the hot water to remove the soils, hair, and body oils that were broken down during pre-treatment and lift them away. Upholstery is left clean and residue free.

    • Removes hair and body oils on upholstery
    • Withstands extreme heat
    • pH: 11.0–13.0
    • Safe for use on natural fibers, including wool
    • Dilute 1–2 ounces per gallon of water

    Starting at $28.62

  6. Matrix® Complete Rinse
    Matrix® Complete Rinse

    Just as the name implies, Matrix Complete Rinse is a product you can use with complete confidence on ALL carpets and wet-cleanable upholstery, including commercial, residential, and yes, even wool! It eliminates dirt and cleaning solution residues, leaving carpet and upholstery looking its best.

    • Eliminates dirt and cleaning solution residue
    • Leaves carpet bright and soft
    • pH: 5.2–5.8
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet and wool
    • Variable dilutions

    Starting at $45.92

  7. Matrix® Rust Eradicator
    Matrix® Rust Eradicator

    Rust Eradicator’s amazing formula eliminates even the toughest rust stains quickly and effectively. Plus, it's so easy to use.

    • Eliminates the toughest rust stains
    • Easy to use
    • pH: 5.5
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet
    • Ready to use

    Starting at $11.98

  8. Matrix® Reducing Agent, 1 lb
    Matrix® Reducing Agent, 1 lb

    Matrix Reducing Agent comes in a one pound container ready to dilute and remove your worst food dye stains.

    • Easy-to-mix powder
    • Remove your worst food dye stains
    • Variable dilutions
  9. Pro's Choice Color Stabilizer & Souring Agent
    Pro's Choice Color Stabilizer & Souring Agent
    Pro's Choice CSS (Color Stabilizer & Souring Agent) will stabilize dyes to prevent color bleed in textiles and control browning. It may be used in conjunction with Red Relief for Wool or Stain Magic for Wool.
    • Ready to use
    • Stabilize dyes
    • Prevent color bleed
    • Control browning

    Starting at $22.04

  10. Economy Horsehair Upholstery Brush
    Economy Horsehair Upholstery Brush

    This brush features real horsehair bristles on a plastic block. Measures 6" x 2".

    • Horsehair bristles on a plastic block
    • Measures 6 inches x 2 inches
  11. Chemspec® Heavy Duty Soil Lifter with Biosolv®
    Chemspec® Heavy Duty Soil Lifter with Biosolv®

    Chemspec Heavy Duty Soil Lifter makes an effective pre-spray for upholstery, draperies, and carpet. Use it with either wet or dry cleaning methods. This one product can perform ALL textile pre-spraying needs.

    • Effective upholstery pre-spray
    • Loosens upholstery soils easily without scrubbing
    • pH: 7.8–8.8
    • Variable dilutions

    Starting at $58.30

  12. 3M Scotchgard Carpet and Upholstery Protector Concentrate
    3M™ Scotchgard™ Carpet and Upholstery Protector

    Protect carpet and upholstery from spots and spills with America's most well-known brand: 3M Scotchgard! Each bottle offers classic 1:4 dilution strength and hooks right into a PowerForce, Hydro-Force, or other sprayer. Each RTU gallon covers 200 sq ft. 

    • 78% consumer brand awareness
    • Dual action protection makes clean-up easier
    • Blocks stains so they don’t set in
    • Use for all-over protection or after spot cleaning
    • Dilute 32 ounces per gallon of water

    Starting at $53.28

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