The sofa is the perfect place to unwind after a hectic day full of work. Our reliable and colorful cushion friends keep us company on the bench, doing everything from collecting the drool of an afternoon nap to picking up stains from a tv dinner.
It's a messy world out there and they're right in the frontline!
It's a public secret that nobody really wants to wash cushion covers. That's why we often tend to forget about them, leave them around for as long as humanly possible until we're forced to part ways and shop for new ones.
While shopping for new cushion covers is a lot of fun (and we mean A LOT of fun), it's still important to take care of our existing ones, to make sure they live a long and happy life.
This is why we'd like to share a few cleaning tips with you.
1. Can cushion covers be washed in a washing machine?
This depends on the fabric the cushion cover is made of. One of the most popular materials for cushion covers is cotton, a durable fabric that is easily dyed. These covers can be washed in a machine on a gentle cycle with cold water.
Another popular fabric is a soft, linen and cotton blend. We feature a diverse range of cushion covers made from this material, as it is extra soft to the touch while retaining the durability of pure cotton.
Linen and cotton blends are a bit more delicate than pure cotton fabrics. It's, therefore, best to always check the tag first before putting them in the machine. The tag should provide you with all the information you need on how to wash your cushion cover.
If there's no tag attached to your cushion cover, then you can wash the linen and cotton blend on a gentle or regular cycle with cold water and a mild detergent. Tag free blended cotton covers often consist of a 30% linen to 70 % cotton ratio, making them machine washable.
As an extra tip, we recommend turning your covers inside out before washing them in your machine. This will ensure that the outside surface will look as good as new for as long as possible.
2. When and how do I hand wash my cushion covers?
If you are unsure what material your cushion covers are made of, and there's no tag with any information attached to them, then you might want to consider washing them by hand.
Washing a cushion cover by hand is one of the safest and most effective ways of cleaning your throw pillow cover. Make sure to wash your covers separately if they're different colors.
The basic steps to hand washing cushion covers:
- Fill up a basin or small tub with lukewarm water
- Add a mild detergent and mix it well with the water
- Submerge your cushion cover in the mixture and gently rub it. Make sure to focus on the stained areas. Repeatedly pull the cover out of the water and submerge it to remove general dirt.
- Empty the laundry tub and refill with clean water
- Rinse your cover thoroughly and squeeze it to release water. Repeat until all traces of the detergent are gone.
Washing by hand is always a good idea if your cushion cover is made of a specialty fabric. Another option would be to have them dry cleaned by a professional.
3. How should I dry my cushion covers?
The best way to dry your cushion covers, regardless of the material they're made of, is outside in the sun. If you are unable to naturally dry your cushion covers, then you can slowly drip dry them in the shade or a cool spot inside your home.
If you want to dry the cushion covers as quickly as possible, then make sure to hang them in an open space with clear air flow. You can also point a fan at the cushions to speed up the process.
Cushion covers should never be put in the dryer. The intense warmth of the dryer will make the fabric shrink, resulting in covers that no longer fit their inserts. Some materials, such as polyester or polyester blends, will even melt under high temperatures.
Lastly, make sure to always fit your cushion covers back on your inserts while they're still a little damp. This little trick will avoid out of shape cushions and pillows. Once the cover's back on, you can put the cushion back in the sun to finish the drying process, or use a hair dryer to speed things up.
4. Should I iron my cushion covers?
Cushion covers don't always need to be ironed, but it does depend on your preference and the material they're made of. Polyester cushion covers e.g. don't wrinkle easily and, therefore, don't really require ironing.
That being said, if you do prefer a crisp looking pillow then we recommend ironing polyester cushion covers while they're still drying. Make sure to iron the corners and pleats inside out under low to medium heat.
Pure cotton cushion covers should not be ironed while they're still damp, as wet ironing can stretch out the cover and ruin its fit. Limit yourself to the corners and the pleats of the pillow case while it's still damp.
Linen and cotton blends are of low priority when it comes to ironing. If, however, your cushion is severely wrinkled, then you can iron the material with steam on medium heat. Alternatively, it's a good idea to iron your linen and cotton blends while they're still damp.
White linen can be ironed on both sides, but dark linen should be ironed from the inside only.
5. What about spot cleaning?
When it comes to cotton and polyester, you can use a wet cloth/sponge to remove everyday stains. Simply press the sponge gently on the spot and work your way from the edges of the affected area into the center. Once that is done, press clean and dry paper towels on the spot to absorb excess moisture.
Linen and cotton blends are a bit more delicate and should be treated with care. You can try a white vinegar and water mix as a cleaning product to try and remove any basic stains. Make sure to add equal parts of vinegar and water to the mix and pour it in a spray bottle so you can directly apply it on the affected area.
Make sure to try the cleaning mixture on a more inconspicuous spot of the cushion cover first, before you go all out and spray the mixture freely!
If you have tried everything and you really can't remove your stain, then it might be time to buy a new set of cushion covers and redecorate your favorite room! Luckily, there's plenty of options to choose from on the world wide web, with many vibrant colors and varied designs.
And if you're still not sure what to buy? Then have a look at our buyer's guide with helpful hints and tips!