When it comes to cleaning your furniture, washing your cushions seems like a better option than hand cleaning your whole sofa. Some sectionals are too large when you have to wash 8, 9, 10 or more cushions by hand. How do you wash cushions in the washing machine? Before washing your cushions, there are a few steps you should take to avoid damaging your cushion covers.
Consult the store or upholsterer where you purchased your couch
Not all fabric is created equal. Upholstery fabric can be woven in several different fibers and stabilized with numerous types of backing. It is important for you to contact the upholsterer or store you purchased your furniture from in order to understand the type of material your sofa fabric is.
Some fabrics cannot be washed in the washing machine due to the fiber used to weave it. The washing machine might even discolor or damage your cushion casing. The casing could potentially stretch and elongate making your sofa look worn out. The fabric could even shrink and after it’s clean, the cushion casing might not even be able to fit back on the cushion. It is very important to talk to someone before just throwing your cushion casing in the washing machine. I would recommend contacting your upholsterer or the furniture store you bought the sofa from.
Washing cushions covers in the washing machine
After talking to your furniture supplier and the approval of you washing your cushion cover, you can begin the washing process. First, I recommend finding a detergent that has no dyes. Reading reports online, some people were given the “OK” to wash their cushion covers but after removing them from the washing machine they were stained with the dye from the laundry detergent or pod they used. The best types of pods and laundry detergents for upholstery cushion covers is non-dyed laundry detergent. Some of the better detergents we have used is the Tide-Free & Gentle and a pod company known as Dropps. These two detergents are dye free and work great for washing your cushion covers in the washing machine.
When washing your cushions, use cold washing cycles or low heat. This is to help avoid damage to the fabric. Washing on a cold-water cycle also helps avoid shrinkage for fibers that are susceptible to contracting with water contact.
After pulling your cushion covers out of the wash you might be thinking about drying them in the drier. The best drier setting is the lowest heat and for a shorter duration. With synthetic fibers, you run the risk of damaging or potentially melting your fabric in the drier. With natural fibers, you also run the risk of shrinkage when put in the drier as well. Use a low heat setting and keep in mind how long you leave them in the drier.
One final tip for putting your cushion casings back on your cushion is to not dry them all the way. It is easier to insert the cushion foam into the casing when it is slightly damp and then air dried on the sofa. Let your cushions dry completely on your sofa before your family, friends, and pets jump back on the couch. I hope this blog has helped you understand how to wash your cushion casing in the washing machine. Thanks for reading – David