In considering cleaning options, it is important to know if the fabric used for your slipcover can be washed or not. Ask your retail sales associate to check the swatch of the fabric in the store. If the fabric can be washed, there will be a note on the swatch stating that this is a washed fabric.
If the fabric is not pre-washed then cleaning should be performed by a professional upholstered furniture cleaning company with the cleaning code found on the law label attached to the underside of your furniture. Note: as a general rule, steam cleaning should never be used on your furniture.
Before removing your slipcover for cleaning, look carefully at how the cover is applied so you can easily replace it.
Even if you have a washable slipcover, you may want to have it professionally dry cleaned. The body slipcover of a sofa is a fairly bulky load, requiring a "laundromat" type of washer. Should you choose to wash your slipcover, follow these instructions:
- We suggest that you run the washer through a wash cycle empty before washing your slipcover — just to be sure it is free of any detergent, bleach or other impurities that might spot or stain the slipcover.
- We also suggest that you wash the entire slipcover. Recommended to wash all the pieces in the collection at the same time (i.e. wash the sofa, the chair and the ottoman cover at the same time). This will help reduce color variations which may occur with washing.
- Don’t overload your washer. Separate the slipcover into two loads, washing the body cover in the first load and the cushion covers in a second load.
- Zip the zippers (closed) on the pillow and cushion covers to prevent damage while washing.
- Wash on gentle cycle; use cold water and a mild detergent. Do not use detergent with bleach or a bleach additive.
- Remove the slipcover from the washer immediately at the end of the cycle. While air-drying is preferred, you can use the dryer on the NO HEAT setting. Tumble dry or line-dry until the slipcover is just slightly damp.
- Put the body slipcover back on the piece of furniture while still slightly damp — you many need to stretch it a little to get it back on. Putting the cover back on while it’s slightly damp ensures it will dry to fit.
- Covers for seat and back cushions and pillows should be replaced slightly damp as well. Stand the cushions on end, rotating them every 20 to 30 minutes until dry. This will prevent any water that may drain to one side of the cushion from sitting in one place and possibly causing a water stain.