Tips for Washing Removable Sofa Covers

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If you need to wash your removable sofa cover, you can do it at home, as long as the cover is cotton and preshrunk. Check the tag of the fabric to make sure the fabric doesn't need to be dry cleaned; if so, you will have to send the cover to a dry cleaner, as opposed to washing it at home.

Do Two Separate Loads

If you have a large slipcover for your sofa, it probably includes covers for both the body of the sofa and the cushion. Use one load for the sofa slipcover and one for the cushion slipcovers.

Pre-treat Stains

Use a gentle stain remover. If the cover has messy stains, take the cover to the sink and drop gentle, liquid soap on the stain. Add water, rub and rinse the stain. Interior Design Firm Posh Living LLC recommends then using a spray stain remover. Spray the stains once, leave the cover overnight and spray the stains again before you put the sofa cover in the wash.

Wash Cycle

The wash cycle will depend on your sofa covers. If it is light-coloured, wash it in lukewarm water. Use cold water for dark-coloured covers. Use a permanent press cycle. Gentler treatment will ensure the fabric will last longer.

Keep It Damp

Put the cover in the dryer for about 10 to 15 minutes, according to Posh Living. Put the dryer on a medium setting to let out wrinkles and moisture. Take the cover out when the large areas are mostly dry. The seams will still be wet.

Iron Pleats

Iron the corners, but do not iron the entire cover, which can stretch out the fabric.

Let It Dry

Put the cover back on the sofa. Leave it untucked so it can dry. Smooth out more wrinkles. Put the covers back on the cushions and zip them up. Stand the cushions up right so they can dry as well. You can also hang the cover up to air dry, as recommended by


If you dry it for too long, it may shrink too much. To fix this, just put it in the wash again. Put it back on the sofa wet and stretch out the cotton again.

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