Light colored slipcovers versus stains. No problem! Get my tips and tricks for cleaning slipcovers and learn how I’ve kept my cream colored sofas spot free for years – with 4 kids! Including spot cleaning hacks, my laundering process, and how I avoid ironing my slipcovers at all cost!
*This is a sponsored post by the maker of ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda. I received compensation for this review but all opinions are 100% my own. Affiliate links are also included in this post. Thank you!
My readers have asked. My friends have asked. My family has asked. White slipcover hating folks all over the world have asked.
“How do you keep white slipcovers clean????!!!!”
And lest you make the claim that my answer must be “photoshop”, I’m here today to share my tried and true tips and tricks for cleaning slipcovers, naturally – no photoshop necessary. We have a creamy white slipcovered sofa, but these methods will work for any color of slipcovered sofa or chair that need cleaning.
I typically wash my covers 4 times a year, just before each season and especially before Holiday entertaining. So I took advantage of a slower Fall Saturday morning to take my sad looking sofa from drab and stained . . .
. . . to fab and clean! I do love a refreshed and smellin’ good sofa!
Having had this particular slipcovered sofa for near 2 years now, I have experimented with several methods of cleaning. The first time I was nervous I’d ruin it, so I spent $50 to have it dry cleaned. If you’ve been around my block a time or two you know my sensitivity to harsh chemicals, which you can read about in my story HERE.
After I brought the covers home from the dry cleaner, I couldn’t sit on my sofa for days without getting a migraine. So I’ve tried other natural ways to brighten and get rid of stains, and found that ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda (not to be confused with baking soda) is the key ingredient, and it is pure and natural.
I keep this stuff on hand for all sorts of cleaning, but use it mostly with my natural laundry detergents to freshen and make better work at dirty laundry. It does such a good job with dingy whites!
I’m thrilled to have discovered its many benefits, and thrilled to have found something that will allow me to have white slipcovers and 4 kids. Because if I had to choose between the two . . . things might get questionable 😉
Please read on for my spot cleaning hacks, laundering process, and how I avoid ironing my slipcovers at all cost!
And if you ever want to ask me if I regret getting a creamy white slipcovered couch . . . the answer will always be – not in a million years. I love her so!
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Logically, every time your kid smears Nutella on your slipcovers, or colors them with washable markers (even though you’ve told them 1000 times markers aren’t allowed on the couch), or plops down to relax with their dirty little feet . . . you are not going to strip off the covers and wash them.
That would make you a crazy person . . . trust me.
But you can spot clean with my little pasting trick!
See below, the recent culprits. On the left, we have my sons ritual morning fruit/veggie sauce in the little squeeze pouches. (Ya, I’ve told dad not to give him those on the couch 1000 times too. Sigh.) Can you guess what is on the right???
So here is how I spot clean, when needed.
Make a paste out of Super Washing Soda, by mixing 1 part Water to 1 part ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda. Measure accurately or on a whim do a spoonful of this, and a spoonful of that.
Mix it together and let it sit for a bit to become a thicker consistency.
Next, spoon some of the paste right onto the stain, covering the stain completely.
Let the paste sit on the stain for at minimum, 10 minutes.
At this point, the paste will harden. You can scrape it off to reveal the stain, which will still be there.
But the ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda will have done its work and made it 100 times easier for you to scrub it off. I prefer a good microfiber rag for this step.
The earlier you catch the stains, the better. As you can see, this sauce proved to be more difficult to get off just by scrubbing. It had sat on my slipcover for over a week. The paste and scrubbing took most of it off, but I was concerned this stain had gotten the best of me.
I was relieved that after my laundering process, not a trace was left. Let me show you.
To prep for laundering, unzip all the slipcovers (cushions included) and remove them from the couch.
Be certain they are right side out, and all zippers closed.
When loading, do not fill the washing machine too full. My full size sofa is done in two batches. One for the base of the couch, and the other for the cushion covers.
With your load in, add the detergent that you normally use, then add 1/2 cup of ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda to the washing machine drum. There are other directions for deeper cleaning and tougher stains found on the box.
Set your cycle to normal, and I suggest warm water, but cold should also work fine.
Before you move on, I’m going to yell this next statement at you, so you don’t miss it.
DO NOT PUT YOUR SLIPCOVER IN THE DRYER!!!!!
Did you catch that?
Do not put your slipcover in the dryer for 2 reasons.
- Shrinkage. Bad
- Wrinkles galore. Very bad.
Instead, you are going to put your covers back onto the sofa and cushions while still WET. They shouldn’t be dripping wet from the spin cycle, but you definitely want them wet.
Doing it this way will allow you to fit them back on nicely, and then you can just finger press or hand press your way to a lovely slipcover.
See here the difference of the one hand pressed side, versus the one I hadn’t done yet.
This hand pressing works so good when wet. I’m certain it would be a nightmare to try to iron out all the many wrinkles once dried in a dryer.
But go ahead and try it out! I refuse 😉
Take a look at the spot now, where I wasn’t sure if those small stains would lift.
Spotless, and crispy clean.
You probably won’t be able to work out every wrinkle, but my personal slipcover philosophy is that slipcovers were meant to look cozy. The few remaining wrinkles don’t bug me at all, but if they do, I bust out my flat iron and take care of the rest right there on the sofa.
So there you have it!
Spot clean, launder and hand press! You won’t believe how fresh your whole house will smell after this process!
This should be all the justification you need to get yourself a creamy white slipcovered sofa, or more fully enjoy the one you have.
I’d love to know how you feel about slipcovered sofas, or do you have a few cleaning hacks of your own? I’m sure there is more out there!
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