Tips And Tricks For Cleaning Slipcovers

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!

We have a creamy white slipcovered sofa, but these methods will work for any color of slipcovered sofa or chair that need cleaning.


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.


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. Set your cycle to normal.


Did you catch that? Do not put your slipcover in the dryer for 2 reasons. 1. Shrinkage. Bad 2. 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.

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