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We have a beautiful slip cover for our sofa, but I have no idea what the fabric content is (it does not appear to be linen or cotton). The care instructions clearly state "Do Not Wash in Water," but to "Dry Clean Only." We have two big dogs who enjoy the sofa as much as we do. Dry cleaning a seven piece slip cover can be expensive. Any suggestions for washing? What are the risks?
Thank you for reaching out. Without knowing the fabric content, it is difficult to say whether or not this slipcover is safe to wash. The main thing to be concerned about when washing is the risk of shrinking. To see if your slipcovers are washable, you can always perform a water test. Simply wet a small, inconspicuous area of the item, such as the seam, and air dry. If the fabric returns to its initial state once dry, you can proceed with washing in cold water on the delicate cycle with The Laundress Delicate Wash, pretreating any stains with The Laundress Stain Solution. If the hand or appearance of the fabric changes once dry, the slipcover will need to be dry cleaned.
You can also try spot treating the slipcover while on the couch with The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar. Simply lather the bar with tepid water and gently work it into any soiled areas of the fabric. Follow by wiping the suds clean with a damp Laundress Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth and finish by dabbing dry with a new, dry cleaning cloth. Please note that you should also perform a water test prior to this treatment to ensure no watermarks will be left behind.
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