How to wash Cushions Covers

Yes, you can wash cushion covers. You should always be careful when washing your cushions or risk ruining the cushion and spending more money to replace it. There are a few things that you can do in addition to washing if you want to get the best results.

Things to do before you wash your cushions.


Before anything, do light vacuuming your cushion covers using a soft brush; go over the cushion. Go over the couch to remove surface dirt, dust, pet hair, and general debris from your couch cushions. You can also use an upholstery cleaning professional to vacuum the cushion to prevent permanent stains and overall soiling.

Check the tags or ask the manufacturer about the fabric or material used to make the cushions because some material can never be washed in the washing machine. If the use of machine wash is allowed, you can follow the tips below.

  • Set the washing machine to a cold-water cycle

This is because the fabric might have a low melting point, and using hot temperatures may tarnish your cushions.

  • Use a non-dyed detergent.

Try to find a detergent that does not use dyes because using dyed detergent can stain your furniture casing.

  •  Wash your casings

          Make sure they are on a cold wash and Rinse water cycle to avoid damaging cushions.

For minor stains

Minor stains usually need spot cleaning first. Soak up as much liquid as possible with an absorbent towel. Gently rub the cushion and make sure water is not dripping into the cushion. After sopping the spill 

For outdoor cushion

You can not put some cushions in the washing machine due to their sizes.

Large cushions can be washed using hands. 

Note that outdoor cushions spend their time exposed to harsh environments, which means they might have dirt that is difficult to clean and, in that instance, use more specialized products to get rid of those. You will need to scrub again if there are difficult stains on the cushions.

The difficult stain can also need steamer cleaning, which is furniture design; the steamer cleaner helps fast dry the cushion. 

While washing, you will not need to put the cushion with the cover in the machine wash. That means you will need to remove the covers first. This is because the rigorous movement of the agitator could destroy the cushion,

Put a delicate liquid wash into the washtub and use a gentle cycle for washing and a little warm water to wash. Make Sure the wash is not less than 15 minutes. Using a tumble dryer uses delicate heat settings.

Whenever you clean the cushion, do a pretest with the detergents to avoid stain dying. Always apply wet paste and detergents on the inside of the cushion and allow it to stand for a few minutes before you rinse it off. If you notice discoloration, you will need to stop and go for dry cleaning of the covers.

  • Suede stains 

Use alcohol solutions and warm water to treat the stains. Shake the solution to mix it well and then moisten a terry cloth rag and do not apply a lot of it but light scrub the covers. Also, you can use a suede eraser or a regular pencil eraser to help rub stains. Do not forget to rub the area down with a suede brush after using a cleaning solution.

Vinyl covers

Vinyl covers usually are not moveable. Just wet a rag with warm water, add a dish wash cap to it, wipe the cushion clean, And rinse the soap from the rag thoroughly, wring out the rag until it is wet, then wipe any remaining detergents residual from the cushion.

The other way is Old fashioned approach with a carpet beater

Use your carpet beater and wash the front and back of the cover. If you don’t have this tool, you can also use a clean broom.

Clean your cushion covers for colorfastness by applying a wet paste of water and detergents to the cushion, allow it to stand for a few minutes, and then rinse it clean.

Use a proper sponging technique. For example, doing long strokes will serve you best. Sponge the cushion from one end to the other. Try to remove deeply buried dirt.

After washing, you are supposed to speed the drying process with a fan. Using an average fan to dry will reduce the risk of heating the fabric. Also, you can open your window and doors to let loose the foul odors, which are harmful to your breathing system if exhaled for an extended period.

Mold and Mildew

  • Clean away as much as possible with a rag
  • Mix 1 part Borox into four parts warm water
  • Blot the cushion with a generous amount of the solution
  • Rinse well and let the dry cushion

If you have tried all, you will need to call professionals since they have all the specialized machines necessary to clean the cushion covers. 

Washing Chiavari Cushions

  • Do not wash covers with foams.
  • If washing Velcro, keep Velcro closed to prevent snagging
  • Use warm water and quality detergents such as A1 Star power detergents

Polyester couch covers

These are safe to be thrown in the washing machine and cold wash on the gentlest cycle. Before throwing these into the machine, you will need to turn the cover inside out because this will help the cover look new for quite a long time.

They have zippers, so make sure you close the zip before applying detergent.


Clean cushion covers make the environment friendly, and they give an excellent impression to visitors. A clean environment produces a good mood, and fresh air is good for health. 

A dirt cover is a shelter for fungus and bacteria breeding that will be able to torment your family with different diseases. Clean covers will help people get comfortable while sitting and will help to create a friendly platform during interactions, whether business or family get-togethers. 

If they are removable cushion covers, I recommend them washed maybe after every two weeks, and those that are not removable can have a stretch of about 2 to 3 months to avoid stains and the breeding of harmful things. 

Different covers have different methods of washing depending on the material and size of the cushion. Always check the tags and ask the furniture sellers how best you can wash the covers. Some covers will not need high temperature during the wash, Check and test the effect of the detergents you are using to avoid the risk of discoloration.

Allow the cushion to dry after washing to avoid smells, and you can use perfume to try and reverse odor problems.

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