You notice your cushion covers are not looking as nice as they used to. It's understandable; with the kids, pets, and normal wear, they're going to be slightly lacking. Washing those covers would be easy, right?
So you decide to do-it-yourself and wash the cushion covers. They come out looking nice but, you also notice a slight issue. The colors look a little faded and it takes a lot of effort to zip them back up. Some might not even zip all the way. You're starting to think this might not have been a good idea after all..
Even with the zippers, cushion covers aren't meant to be done like normal laundry. They're only there as a convenience for the manufacturer and/or the upholsterer.
Keep these points in mind if you are tempted to wash your cushion covers:
- There is a risk of shrinkage or dye loss when washing cushion covers. If this happens, there's not much you can do to fix it.
- If you're still tempted to wash them, try hanging them to dry rather than using the drier. The drier is what typically causes the shrinkage. (But there is still a risk no matter what!)
- All dyes are different. Dyes on clothing may last for years even with washer and drier usage but, upholstery is not as durable. They are more prone to bleeding or fading.
- Putting cushion covers in the laundry 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 still feel the urge to wash those cushion covers yourself, keep these points in mind and be very careful with your valuable furnishings! But ultimately, do your furniture and all upholstery fabric a huge favor: Call Mae's Carpet Cleaning in Charlotte today! (704) 904-2964 or visit us at www.maescarpetcleaning.com