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Dry Clean Sofa Covers

Dry Clean Sofa Covers

Printable page General Upholstery Care Because dust and dirt cause fabric to wear faster, we recommend vacuuming regularly with an upholstery attachment. Flip, rotate and fluff removable cushions regularly to ensure even wear and increase longevity. Feather and down cushions have excellent recovery, but much like down comforters or pillows, need to be fluffed frequently to restore their loft. Some feather loss is normal. Vacuuming with an upholstery attachment between the fabric casings and cushions will help prevent feathers from poking through the fabric. Tight (attached) cushions will stretch and wrinkle with use. You can easily restore their appearance by smoothing the surface and tucking excess upholstery into the sides of the seat or back. To minimize fading, avoid placing your upholstered furniture in direct sunlight. Dark fabrics and natural fibers like cotton are most susceptible to fading. An annual professional cleaning will keep your upholstered furniture looking its best. How to Spot Clean Upholstery Fabric Do not dry clean or machine wash cushion casings as it may damage the fabric, backing or stitching. For large or persistent stains, contact an in-home professional upholstery cleaning company. For spot cleaning small stains, we recommend Folex® Instant Carpet Spot Remover or Crypton® Purple or Gold Upholstery Stain Remover, which are safe to use on all of our fabrics. Treat stains immediately for the best results. Blot up as much of the spill as possible with a clean, dry, white cloth. Don’t rub. Apply a small amount of cleaner to the stain and gently agitate it with your fingertips. Avoid oversaturation which can damage the fabric backing or cushions. Blot the stain with a clean, dry, white cloth, working from the outer edge to the center of the stain. Continue to apply cleaner sparingly and blot until the stain no longer transfers onto the cloth. This may take several attempts. When you’ve removed as much of the stain as possible, blot any remaining cleaner from the fabric. If your spot cleaner recommends a water rinse, apply a small amount of distilled water to the stained area and blot to remove. Tap water may stain or discolor the fabric due to its mineral content. Use a hair dryer on the lowest heat setting to evenly dry the fabric and prevent moisture rings. Replacement cushion casings are available. Please contact us to order. Fabric Cleaning Codes for Professional Cleaning In-home professional upholstery cleaning companies will request your fabric’s cleaning code, available at roomandboard.com/fabrics or on the back fabric swatches. Please contact us with any cleaning code or care questions. S = Solvent. Use only water-free, pure cleaning solvents. W = Water. Use only water-based upholstery cleaning products. SW = Solvent or Water. Use pure cleaning solvents or water-based cleaning products. Slipcovers Follow the general care and spot cleaning instructions above. For overall cleaning, we recommend professional dry cleaning. Always clean the entire slipcover to prevent color variations and ensure even wear. Make sure to close all zippers and fasten Velcro® before cleaning.
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Dry Clean Sofa Covers

Sadly, the potential for sofa fabric to shrink is huge. Most, but not all, loose covers are pre-washed (and many say so on the care label). If they aren’t, however, shrinkage can be substantial. Unless covers are roomy, you may want to consider dry cleaning covers that aren’t pre-washed, if the care labels allows this.
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Dry Clean Sofa Covers

Clean vinyl covers while still on your cushion. Vinyl cushion covers usually don’t have to be removed. You can wet a cleaning rag with warm water and add a cap of dish detergent to it, then wipe your cushion clean. Rinse the soap from the rag thoroughly, wring out the rag until it is only damp, and then you should wipe any remaining detergent residue from the cushion. Allow the cushion to air dry, or wipe it down with a clean towel.
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Dry Clean Sofa Covers

For those couch covers that you do wash, follow the care instructions as to machine or hand washing. If you’re washing coverings on your own initiative, use a low-temperature setting or hand wash. Partially dry them on the clothes line or in the dryer on low heat, but don’t allow them to dry completely. Instead, put covers back onto the sofa when they’re still slightly damp.
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Dry Clean Sofa Covers

If your sofa has removable covers, for example, they can be run through the wash every six months or so without any hassle. Permanent coverings or leather can also be periodically vacuumed or wiped to remove surface dust and dirt. Stains and deeply embedded grime will likely require heavy-duty cleaning supplies or the work of a professional upholstery cleaning service. Return to TopCleaning Fabric UpholsterySofas and loveseats, in particular, gather a lot of food debris, dust and grime over time — and they need regular care and maintenance to prevent holes and permanent stains from developing. To perform routine maintenance on fabric upholstery, vacuum the entire surface area and any crevices, cushions and pillows. Also, periodically run any removable furniture covers through the wash to remove dust and dirt. If there is wood detailing on your furniture, dust it with a specialized wood cleaner.
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Dry Clean Sofa Covers

Use professional services for leather. The best and safest way to clean leather cushion covers is to make use of a professional service, like a dry cleaner. Remove the cushion cover from the cushion, and take it to a cleaner of your preference. For general cleaning, you can use a commercial based leather cleaner in water or equal parts white vinegar and water. Damp a soft cloth in your solution and wipe the cushions clean. Avoid using any harsh cleaners, including bleach and ammonia based cleaners. These can easily damage your cushion beyond repair.
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Dry Clean Sofa Covers

Be aware that repeated washing of just the cushions may make them paler than the rest of the sofa. On the other hand, not washing your sofa at all generally leads to the seats becoming darker, as they attract the most grime. The best solution is to wash the cushion covers just often enough to keep them from looking grimy but not often enough to make them noticeably different from the back and arms.
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Dry Clean Sofa Covers

Use a washing machine when applicable. Some fabric cushion covers are machine wash friendly, though to be certain you should check cushion tags for cleaning instructions. Turn the cover inside out before placing it in the washing machine. To protect colors and the fabric, you should wash your covers on a gentle cycle in cool water unless otherwise directed by the tag or manufacturers instructions.
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However, these zip-on covers present a cleaning opportunity that’s too good to waste. On both cotton and damask sofas Adopt a now-and-again approach to machine-washing the cushion covers, without any problems.
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To prevent the fabric from getting too wet, concentrate on getting the cleaning solution, rather than the water, into it. Mix up upholstery shampoo as instructed on the package, then use only the foam to clean. Scoop up the bubbles and work these into the fabric with a soft brush. Rinse by using a slightly damp towel. Then take off the excess moisture by blotting dry towels over the sofa.
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Remove residual dry cleaner solution. Even trace amounts of dry cleaner solutions can have a negative effect if allowed to remain in the fabric of your cushions. After you have finished applying the solvent and allowed the cleaner to set for the amount of time indicated in the instructions, moisten a clean cloth and blot the areas you have cleaned. Be sure the cloth you use for blotting is only lightly damp, and rinse and wring it out regularly.
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Couches come in a variety of materials, from cotton upholstery to leather. Many of these materials are difficult to clean with normal household cleansers, which often leave spots or marks behind. Professional cleaners often charge fees for couch cleaning that may not be budget friendly. Thankfully, with the use of dry cleaning solutions and other cleansers, you can clean your couch without the help of a professional cleaning company.
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Vacuum your suede cushion covers. Suede is a material that requires attention and care to maintain. Remove your cushions from the couch to a clean area of the floor, and in a criss-cross pattern, vacuum all dust, dirt, and hair from the fabric, preferably with the upholstered attachment of your vacuum.
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It is vital not to get sofas or chairs too wet. Fabrics such as cotton and linen are washable, yes, but they’re often stretched across a wood or a wood-chip frame. If water seeps down below the surface of the fabric, mould may form deep inside the sofa because it never gets the chance to dry out.
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Sustain your leather with a linseed solution. You should mix one part vinegar per two parts linseed oil and put this solution in a bottle. Shake it well, then rub it into your leather with a dry cloth. After 10 minutes, take a dry cloth and buff out any residual solution.
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Purchase your dry cleaning solvent. This can be a little confusing, as “dry” cleaning solvent is generally sold in liquid state. The reason these solutions are so called is because these solvents are made without water. You can find these products in the home supply or cleaning section of most stores. If you cannot find something suitable in your area, an online retailer might be the way to go.

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