Things You'll Need
You may want to test a hidden spot on your furniture with a small amount of spot cleaner to ensure that it will not stain or remove the color before you begin cleaning your Ashley furniture.
Always use the smallest amount of cleaner or conditioner possible; oversaturating the furniture can cause staining or bleaching.
Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. makes a wide variety of bedroom, living room and dining room furniture. Each piece of furniture has its own cleaning instructions in the form of codes found on a tag under a seat cushion or on the bottom panel of the piece. While some Ashley furniture can be spot-cleaned, other pieces may have covers that can be dry-cleaned only. There is an Ashley Millennium Leather Care Kit available for leather pieces. You can clean your Ashley furniture yourself, but the process you use will depend on the materials that make up the furniture.
Dry Cleaning and Solvents -- Large Stains
Remove any pillows and furniture covers with cleaning tags labeled "DC." Take them to a professional dry cleaner; these furniture accessories must be dry-cleaned by a professional dry-cleaning business.
Remove any pillows and furniture covers with cleaning tags labeled "S," which means they can only be cleaned with dry-cleaning solvent.
Pour a quarter-sized circle of dry-cleaning solvent onto a clean cloth. Do not soak the cloth.
Gently wipe the affected furniture piece or accessory with the cloth. Add another small amount of dry-cleaning solvent to the cloth as needed for large areas, taking care not to saturate the furniture.
Wipe the spot with a clean, damp cloth, and allow the furniture or accessory to air-dry. Replace any accessories on the furniture.
Pour a quarter-sized circle of a spot cleaner such as upholstery shampoo, mild detergent, or mild dry-cleaning solvent onto a clean cloth to spot-clean furniture with cleaning tags labeled "SW" or "WS." Use only upholstery shampoo or mild detergent for furniture with a "W" cleaning tag.
Rub only the affected area on the furniture with the spot cleaner and cloth; do not soak the furniture with spot cleaner. Wipe off any excess spot cleaner with a damp cloth.
Allow the cleaned spot to air-dry, then brush up any piled material such as corduroy with an upholstery brush.
Leave the covers on any pillows tagged "SW," "WS," or "W," and do not dry-clean them.
Millennium Leather Care Kit
Use the Millennium Leather Care Kit on furniture labeled with an "E" or an "N." Apply a quarter-sized amount of the leather cleaner onto the included microfiber cloth.
Rub the microfiber cloth in broad strokes over the leather furniture, ensuring that all the surface area is covered without saturating it.
Wipe off any excess leather cleaner with a damp cloth, and allow the furniture to dry.
Apply the leather conditioner to a clean microfiber cloth, always using a quarter-sized circle at a time.
Work the leather conditioner into the leather, reaching into any corners and crevices. Wipe away any excess conditioner, and allow the furniture to dry.
Wash any furniture accessories labeled "Wash" in the washing machine separately with a mild detergent.
Set the water temperature to "Cold," and the wash cycle to "Gentle." Do not use bleach.
Tumble dry or line dry the furniture accessories. Do not wring or stretch them out of shape.
Attach the vacuum cleaner upholstery tool to your vacuum cleaner for any furniture with a cleaning label marked "X."
Plug in the vacuum cleaner.
Turn on the vacuum, and move the upholstery tool continuously over the furniture so it thoroughly cleans without snagging or marking any surface materials.
Switch off the vacuum cleaner.
Brush the upholstery with an upholstery brush to fluff up the pile and remove any vacuuming marks.
Mary McNally has been writing and editing for over 13 years, including publications at Cornell University Press, Larson Publications and College Athletic Magazines. McNally also wrote and edited career and computer materials for Stanford University and Ithaca College. She holds a master's degree in career development from John F. Kennedy University and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in counseling.