01 Mar 2019

So, you want to wash your sofa cushion covers? You have been eyeballing your sofa for the last few weeks because you have noticed your sofa cushions are looking a little dingy, which is perfectly normal with kids, pets and every day usage.
You decide to do-it-yourself and throw the cushion covers in the washing machine. They come out looking nice. But you notice the colors aren’t as bright as they used to be, and you’re having a lot of trouble getting the covers back over the foam cushions themselves. In fact, for one cushion, you can’t even get it zipped up all the way. You did not expect having to put this much effort to fit the covers back on your sofa.
Reason being is the cushion covers are not designed to be washed like normal laundry. “But it has zippers!” you exclaim. This is actually for the convenience of the furniture manufacturing company or the upholsterer, not for your own convince.

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, there is not much you can do about it
  2. Shrinkage usually occurs in the drier, so if you are tempted to wash your own cushion covers, hang them up to dry.
  3. The dyes in your sofa cushions can bleed and fade.
  4. Putting cushion covers in your washing machine can also cause problems with the integrity of the fabric, such as any latex backing that could be present; delamination, or the separation of the face fiber and backing, can occur.


So, if you’re thinking about removing your cushion covers for laundering, remember to keep these points in mind. In fact, do yourself and your furniture and all upholstery fabric a huge favor: Call Paul’s Ultra Steam Cleaning your cleaning professionals today!