FABRIC CLEANING CODES

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Cleaning Code "W" - refers to fabrics that are man-made, e.g. nylon, herculon, acetate, olefin, and polyester. Cleaning Instructions: Spot cleaning is recommended using the foam from a water-based cleaning agent (mild soap or upholstery cleaner).
Cleaning Code "S" - refers to fabrics made from organic material, e.g. cotton, rayon, linen, wool, and silk. Also include in this category: denim, velour, brocade, tapestry, damask, acrylic, and plaid. Cleaning Instructions: Spot cleaning is recommended using a mild, water-free solvent, or dry-cleaning product.
Cleaning Code"W/S" Cleaning Instructions: Spot cleaning using either of the above.
Cleaning Code"X" Cleaning Instructions: Fabrics should be cleaned only by vacuuming or light brushing. Water or solvent-based cleaning agents should NOT be used.
If it is a Crypton Fabric...

Spot Cleaning:
  • Wipe away the excess mess with a dry, clean towel.
  • Mix together a simple soap-and-water solution. We recommend mixing 1/4 teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent, like Tide© or Cheer©, with 1 cup warm water.
  • Apply the solution and agitate with a soft-bristle brush.
    Blot with a clean towel and rinse. Repeat if necessary. And remember, soap attracts dirt, so make sure to rinse thoroughly.
Extraction Cleaning:
For overall cleaning, we highly recommend periodically extracting upholstered surfaces using hot-water extraction.

If it is Fortress Acrylic Fabric...

For Normal Stains:
  • Remove any loose dirt. Prepare a mixture of cold to lukewarm water (do not exceed 100° F) and mild soap.
  • Rub in mixture with a soft brush and allow the mixture to thoroughly soak into the fabric.
  • Rinse well with water and air dry. Do not machine dry.


For Stubborn Stains:
  • Remove as much surface dirt as possible.
  • Soak fabric for 1 hour in a mixture of 1 gallon cold water, 1/2 cup bleach, and 1/2 cup mild soap.
  • Rub in mixture with a soft brush and rinse thoroughly with cold to lukewarm water and air-dry. Never use water over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not machine dry.
  • Detergents can be used on Fortress Acrylic without harm; it may however remove some of the water and stain resistant properties. If this is important to you, a simple spraying of a post cure fluorocarbon will restore these properties. Please follow the instructions on the package. These sprays can be obtained through a dry cleaning supply store or stores that sell marine related products.

If it is Fortress Vinyl Fabric...
  • Liquids can be blotted off the fabric face preventing staining.
  • Remove water-soluble stains with mild soap and water. Use a clean cloth to wipe. Clear remaining soap with a clean cloth.

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