Looking after your sofa
Years of experience have taught us to say, "Go to the dry cleaners," whatever it says on the fabric label, as the whole washable sofa fabric arena is fraught with danger. For example, and apologies for getting a little technical; washable fabric is technically designated as such, so long as it does not shrink more than 3%. But does your loose sofa cover, which in the current vogue needs to look like a tight cover, have 3% of shrinkage allowance in it when popular demand is for a tight fitting look, a bit like a skinny jean. See what I mean?
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Washable Sofa Fabrics
Washable fabrics come on sofas where the whole loose cover can be taken off. If you only have removable cushion covers don't be tempted to wash them in the machine. They'll shrink and come out crumpled.
Fabric Sofa Cleaning Instructions
Check the sofa cleaning instructions! Follow them! A fabric can be only washed, say the experts, so long as it shrinks by less than 3%. Washable fabrics have the bucket symbol on the cleaning instructions label, with 30° or 40° in the bucket.
Sofa Care Labels Explained
Not sure whether to wash your sofa in hot or cold water? Or perhaps you are concerned about using bleach? This handy guide below will help you always be on top of looking after your sofa and make sure you can go on loving that beautiful comfy sofa for years to come.
Loose Sofa Covers
Top tips. Don't overload your washing machine. If you have to stuff your loose sofa covers into the machine, stop. Take it from me, you're overloading it. It may damage your sofa covers and your machine. Wash the base and cushion covers for your sofa separately.
Never ever use detergents with Optical Brighteners or Whiteners in them, because the chemicals in these detergents take the colour out of your beautiful loose sofa covers. If you are unsure, always contact the detergent manufacturer before washing.