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Can You Wash Your Sofa Covers? What You Need to Know...

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So, can you wash your sofa covers?


As homeowners, we all know how important it is to keep our home looking clean and tidy. This is why we invest in good-quality furniture that will last us for years. However, over time, our furniture can still begin to show signs of wear and tear, meaning they need a little TLC every so often.


One of the most commonly used pieces of furniture in any home is the sofa. After all, it’s the perfect spot to read, watch TV, or spend time with family and friends. But what do you do when your sofa covers start to look a bit dull and dingy? Can you wash them, or should you replace them? Or should you buy a new sofa altogether?


In this blog post, we’ll answer this age-old question and give you some tips on when to wash your sofa covers, whether buying a replacement sofa cover is worth it, and more.


Washing Your Sofa Covers, the Facts


Unfortunately there is not a straight answer. It is totally dependent on the fabric used for your sofa covers. In most cases, yes, you can wash your sofa covers, but it's really important to check the manufacturers care instructions for your specific fabric.

Your covers should have a label detailing care instructions. If they don't reach out to the manufacturer to track this information down. If you are unable to do this, play it safe and opt for dry clean only.


When to Wash Sofa Covers?


There’s no hard and fast rule on when to wash your sofa covers, you can maintain a good level of cleanliness by using upholstery friendly spot cleaners and cleaning sprays in between washes.

If for example you have small children, pets or a tendency to sit on the sofa before changing out of dirty work clothes you may wish to wash your sofa covers more frequently. If not, a couple of times per year as well as spot cleaning would suffice.

We recommend washing your covers at the start of spring and at the end of summer as it's more likely you will have a couple of dry, warm days available to get the covers out on the washing line in order to dry them.

Is Buying a Sofa Cover Worth It?


Buying a replacement sofa cover is definitely worth it. Oftentimes people will completely replace their entire furniture suite when it is just the covers which need replacing. While replacement covers are still an investment, it is still cheaper than furniture replacements... with the added bonus of not having to go through the hassle of measuring up and shopping for replacements, plus it's much better for the environment too!


How to Wash Sofa Covers?


The best way to wash your sofa covers will depend on the fabric. Here are some general tips to keep in mind:

Always check the care label before washing

Remove covers

Use a mild detergent and a low-temperature setting

Air-dry the covers


If you’re unsure about how to wash your sofa covers, reach out to your fabric manufacturer.


Other Tips to Keep Your Sofa Looking Great


In addition to washing your sofa covers regularly, there are other things you can do to keep your sofa looking great. Here are a few tips:


  • Vacuum your sofa regularly to remove dust and debris
  • Consider using a fabric protector to prevent stains and spills from penetrating the fabric
  • Rotate the cushions to distribute wear and tear evenly
  • Keep your sofa away from direct sunlight to prevent fading


To conclude, often sofa covers can be washed, and it’s important to do so regularly to keep your living room looking fresh and clean. By following the care instructions for your fabric and taking other steps to protect your sofa, you can enjoy it for years to come. If the wear and tear has already taken hold, replacement sofa covers is a better option than completely replacing your furniture.