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imagesIt’s a very easy thing to do ….  you notice your sofa cushions are a little dingy, which is perfectly normal with kids, pets and normal usage.

So you decide to -do-it yourself and wash the cushion covers.  They come out looking nice . But you also notice a little problem.  The colors aren’t as bright as they used to be , and it takes a lot of effort to get the covers back over the  foam cushions themselves.  In fact , for one cushion, you can’t even get it zipped up all the way.

The reason is that cushion covers are not designed to be washed like normal laundry.  ” But it has zippers!”  you exclaim.  That’s for the furniture manufacturing or the upholsterer.

Keep these points in mind if you are tempted to wash your cushion covers.

1.  When you wash the cushion covers ,  there is some danger in fabric shrinkage and dye loss .  If this happens ,  not much you can do to fix it.

2.  Shrinkage typically happens in the drier,  so if you are tempted to wash your cushion covers ,  hang them to dry ( but remember there is always risk.)

3.  Dyes are funny things.  The dyes on your favorite t-shirts are pretty tough and durable and last a long time,  but on upholstery they can bleed or fade.

4.  Putting  cushion covers in the laundry can also cause problems with the integity of the fabric,  such as any latex backing that can be present,  delamination,  or the seperation of the face fiber and backing , can occur.

So while you may do this ,  remove your cushion covers for laundering ,  keep these points in mind and be very careful with your valuable furnishings !  Do your furniture and upholstery a huge favor.  Call your cleaning professionals today !






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