Our cushions serve a lot of guests including myself. It’s indisputably the only place in the house where everybody can hangout and relax. We like sit on it to watch TV and enjoy tea, our cat lies on it to take naps, and sometimes we bring our plates over and even eat dinner on it. Actually cushions in our drawing room have seen its far share of wear and tear over the past 4 years… including some stains. If this is the same case to you, so must need to clean your cushion cover regularly as we do it to look it bight like the new one.
Now we are diving into the details on how to clean cushion cover on the basis that I used to follow. Most of the super soft cushions are made up of a cushion insert and a cushion cover, so when you need to clean the cushions in your home, you can simply remove the cover and drown it in the washing machine. This process all comes in to a vain however when your cushions do not have a removable cover. A few cushions are made by simply packing the fabric with stuffing which is all well and out of all kinds of anxiety, until it comes the time to clean them.
Cleaning cushions with a vacuum cleaner
If the cover of your cushion simply needs a normal clean, so possibly the best way to do it is to use your vacuum cleaner. In that case, your vacuum cleaners have to come with an upholstery attachment. So, you can use this to give your cushions a good once over. This will effortlessly remove any hair, dust or fur from your cushion cover.
After completing this step, you may give it a quick wipe down. Use a slightly damp sponge or soft cotton napkins that has been soaked with a very small amount of washing powder and give your cushions a brief once again. You might then pursue this by giving your cushion cover a glimpse of spray with a good air freshener product.
Cleaning with a steam cleaner
Sometimes, it’s not enough to give your cushions a general clean. If your cushion cover needs a more thorough clean than normal wash, then it’s better to consider renting a steam cleaner to get the job done. You can rent this cleaner from hardware stores or from online suppliers. Steam cleaners use adequate heat hygiene, deodorise and sanitise your cushions. So you’ll be very satisfied to get a very thorough clean. You’ll have to damp your cushion covers after the cleaning have been finished. So you will get the options to dry it by either putting it under the sunlight or under a swift fan.
Spot cleaning stains on a non-removable cushion cover
As there are kids and children in almost every family, so spills and accidents in the living room are a must which often result in a stained cushion cover and this can be quite pinching when you can’t remove the messy covers to work on the stain. Never fear as you’ve got the CushionClues at your home. We have some excellent tips and tricks here to help you get rid of that unwanted dirty stain. The process you use will depend on what you have spilt and what fabric you need to spilt it on. Remember that the number one tip for you is, the sooner you get to the stain, the more chance you have of successfully removing it and saving your cushion cover from the dark ghosts.
Scoop and Dab
First of all you should scoop up any remaining solids (if any) with a butter knife or a stainless steel teaspoon. Then use a dry soft cotton cloth to blot the stain to absorb as much of it as you can. Next to that, use another patch of cloth and dampen it with cool but not cold water. Use this method to dab the stain on the cover, working from the outside in so that you don’t spread the smudge any further. And be careful not to rub the stain with hard pressure as this can do more harm than any good to your cushion cover.
Rinse, Wash, Repeat
Some stains just need water to dislodge but most of them will require some further coaxing. Your next biggest challenge is to create a solution using either detergent and water or best quality stain remover and water. You should only add a little detergent or stain remover and fully dilute it before you begin. You don’t want to make your cushion cover too soapy as you will have to remove this at the end of your journey to clean the cushion.
Here you can use the same cloth to gently dab at the stain, and don’t forget to work from the outside in to avoid spreading it. Once you have applied the solution to your cushion cover, allow it to sit for 8 to 10 minutes on the cover before washing it off. Repeat this process as many times as possible until the stain becomes completely dislodged.
If your stain was ill-smelling and the odour remains even after the stain has vanished, then it’ll be wise for you to take further action. An easy solution to remove any unwanted smells from a cushion cover is to create a mixture of baking soda and water. After creating the mixture, apply this paste to the offending area and let it sit for 5 to 7 minutes. Then rinse off with a soft damp cloth until it is all removed. A better alternative is to use a quality fabric deodorising spray such as Febreze.
The process of cleaning a non-removable cushion cover is always difficult and frustrating. But, the light of hope is that if you have tried everything possible and failed to remove that stain then still there’s something to do the job. Before you throw away your cushion in the bin in a rage, consider this: you could just buy a new cushion. You’ll get plenty of options to buy cushion covers online and you don’t have to break the bank while you don’t need to get a whole new set. You can find a huge collection of cushion covers online in a wide range of colours, designs and styles and you just need to pick one that fits in with your existing color palette. So, what do you think now?