Synthetic fibers are man-made as opposed to fibers that occur in nature, which are referred to as natural fibers. The list of synthetic fibers includes:
Since Rayon and Acetate are actually made from natural fibers, we treat those as if they were cotton. For cleaning these fabrics refer to the brochure on Cotton Upholstery. The remaining four fibers are made from thermoplastic materials and, with minor differences, they are cleaned the same way. Polyester fabric is sometimes harder to clean due to the fact that it attracts and holds oil. Extreme procedures may be needed for polyester and you may not be able to achieve perfect results.