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The Easiest Way To Clean Slipcovers & Throw Pillows

Is your couch’s slipcover looking a bit spotty? Throw pillows starting to smell suspect? It’s probably time for a slipcover cleaning, but that doesn’t have to mean calling in the professionals. Our foolproof moves will let you wash your slipcovers and throw pillows in the machine and spot clean spills and discoloration as they happen. Read on, steal our moves, then sit back and relax on your freshly-cleaned couch! Ahhh.

Your cleaning toolkit: Signature Detergent, Delicate Wash, Wash & Stain Bar, Stain Solution, Stain Brush, Lint-Free Cleaning Cloths, Fabric Fresh Classic, Clothing & Upholstery Brush, Crease Release

Streamline Stain Removal

Remove slipcovers from your sofa and scan the fabric for stains. Treat with Stain Solution and the Stain Brush, gently working the formula into the fabric to break up the spot. If throw pillow covers have an insert, remove the insert before tackling stains. If not, treat the fabric directly.

Get Down To Washing

Did you know most slipcovers and throw pillow covers can be laundered in cool water and a delicate machine washing machine setting? For durable fabrics like cotton, linen, and durable synthetics, wash with color-preserving, stain-fading Signature Detergent. For more delicate fabrics like washable velvet or silk, use Delicate Wash, which is formulated to wash even “dry clean only” fabrics.

Close all zippers and openings before loading into the machine. Take care not to overfill the machine drum while laundering slipcovers, as it can lead to tangling and an over abundance of suds! When washing multiple pieces, split into two cycles if necessary. Smaller throw pillows and throw pillow covers can be placed in a Mesh Bag Bundle to protect zippers, embroidery, and embellishments from snagging during the wash cycle. Remove items from the washing machine as soon as the cycle is complete to avoid creasing.

Dry This Way

Ready to dry? Air drying is typically the best method for preserving the shape and fit of slipcovers, throw pillows, and throw pillow covers, though an air fluff machine dry setting can also be used to speed up the process. To help prevent unwanted shrinkage, replace the slipcover or throw pillow cover while it is still slightly damp. To smooth wrinkles and add a fresh, fresh linen scent, mist with Crease Release or lightly steam.

No-Sweat Spot Treating

In between cleanings, you can quickly banish spots on both washable and non-washable fabric using the Wash & Stain Bar. Work the bar into a lather using warm water and the Stain Brush. Then, using the brush, massage the suds into the stained area and watch as the dirty paw marks, salad oil, and makeup stains dissolve! Wipe away excess soap with a damp Lint-Free Cleaning Cloths, then dry completely to prevent a water mark with a fresh, dry cloth.

If you are unsure of how non-washable upholstery will react to water, first test it in an inconspicuous area according to our Testing Guide directions.

Revive Without A Wash

Keep slipcovers and pillows smelling crisp as spring by freshening between cleanings with Fabric Fresh Classic. This plant-powered formula infuses sofas, pillows, chairs, rugs, and blankets with the smell of clean laundry while removing odors, and can be used on all fabric types. To further remove unsavory scents and eliminate bacteria, you can give your upholstered pieces a light steam.

A final note: Regularly brushing slipcovers and pillows with the Clothing & Upholstery Brush will help to remove everyday lint, dust, and hair that can cling to fabric.