Nowadays, many people have slip covers on their furniture. It's a stylish look and practical to live with. I personally wouldn't have my furniture any other way. I have slip covers on my family room furniture, kitchen chairs, dining chairs, and other furniture around the house. I am a huge fan of bright white classic slip covers. Some people may think that would be difficult to live with but for me, it's not at all. I once had a red slip cover on a chair and it started fading after washing it and after the sun did a number on it. So, white is actually better than a colored slip cover. It also allows me to use other accent colors in the room more easily.
Here is how I clean my slipcovers. (Mine are made from cotton denim.)
After I removed my slipcover, I was left with a very naked sofa!
I wash my main slipcover in the washer by itself and then do the cushion slipcovers in the next load. I don't wash them with anything else either.
I use regular detergent like I use on my clothes (in the form of a pod) and then I add 1/2 cup Borax powder and 1/2 cup liquid bleach. My water setting is hot.
I dry mine in the dryer but don't use any fabric softener sheets.
I put on the main slipcover while the cushion covers are drying.
You'll notice a lot of wrinkles now. So, I invested in one of these.
It's a professional clothing and upholstery steamer from Shark. It does a great job getting the wrinkles out.
Then, after the cushion covers are dry, I put them back on the cushions and then place the cushions back on the sofa.
I don't bother steaming the cushions because they will de-wrinkle a bit on their own as you sit on them. I'm not expecting perfection anyway, so this doesn't bother me. I think if you are looking for that, then you might not be a good candidate for slipcovers. Part of the appeal to me is that lived in look.
So, that is how I take care of mine. Luckily, I don't have little ones anymore to worry about causing so many messes on the furniture. Therefore, I don't wash mine that frequently. But, it wouldn't be a problem if I did. I have peace of mind knowing that I can clean and deodorize mine any time I need to.
So, don't be afraid of white (unless you can't wash it)! Then.......be afraid. Very afraid! Ha Ha!
Thanks for stopping by.
~ Kelly ~