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Hoover or vacuum cleaner

Upholstery cleaner (optional)

Hair removal tool (lint roller or brush)

Mild, dye-free detergent

Washing machine

  1. Check if your sofa covers can be cleaned in any other way besides washing.
  2. Leave your covers on the sofa and vacuum them well so as to get rid of dust and dirt particles found inside them.
  3. Use pet hair removal tools such as lint rollers or brushes to remove most of the hairs from pets before washing it hence preventing blockages within washing machines later on.
  4. Apply a special stain remover meant for upholstery over visible stains after first testing it somewhere small patch-wise.
  5. Take out zippers of settees then put back again just before loading into washer’s drum,
  6. Do not put too many at once; try doing two/three small sized ones instead since they require more space for effective cleansing when compared with large-sized ones whose capacity is limited by what their equipment can handle effectively without breaking down frequently otherwise leading into costly repairs being done time after time due bad operation caused by overburdening overloading etc. Basically select only two/three smaller sizes each time you want to clean them severally over some period say week per month whichever convenient as may seem fit depending upon how much dirt accumulates onto them within a given time frame at hand.
  7. For cleaning purposes use mild or dye-free detergent.
  8. After completion of the washing process simply take out covers for air drying in the natural environment without delay.
  9. Avoid any potential shrinkage or distortion by replacing the sofa covers when the material is almost dry.

Vacuum cleaner

Marigold gloves or protective gloves

Clean cloths

Upholstery stain remover

Washing up bowl

Washing up liquid

Warm water

Soft upholstery cleaning brush

  1. Prepare your cleaning supplies ahead of time.
  2. Vacuum your sofa covers while they are still on the couch to get rid of any loose dirt.
  3. Take off visible dirt such as mud from the covers.
  4. Remove pet hair by wearing a Marigold glove on your hand and running it over the sofa covers.
  5. Handle stains by blotting them with a specialized upholstery stain remover after doing a patch test.
  6. Prepare a cleaning solution by adding half teaspoon of washing up liquid into warm water in a washing up bowl.
  7. Dip a very soft upholstery cleaning brush into the liquid, making sure that it is not too wet, and gently rub it onto the sofa covers.
  8. Keep on cleaning all over the surface of the sofa covers.
  9. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the couch after you have finished soaping it up.
  10. Allow your couch coverings to air dry naturally without applying heat from any source. Avoid sitting on them when they’re drying because this might risk causing damage to them in some way or another.

Vacuum cleaner

Upholstery stain remover



Warm water

Baking soda (Bicarbonate of soda)

White vinegar


Cold water


  1. Before starting to clean, arrange all necessary materials well for easy access throughout this process.
  2. Use vacuum cleaners on sofas before removing their coverings in order to remove loose debris.
  3. Take the covers off your couch.
  4. Deal with any visible soil or stains using upholstery stain removers.
  5. Zip up the sofa cover(s) for washing purposes.
  6. Get a bucket of water and add half to one cup of bicarbonate of soda into it; mix everything thoroughly.
  7. Add four to six drops of white vinegar, stirring continuously until mixed well into the bucketful mixture.
  8. Apply some amount (as per instructions) onto a hidden part of fabric first before trying this whole process on remaining areas. If satisfied, proceed otherwise look at another alternative method that may suit you better depending on specific material’s needs at hand or even budget constraints among others too!
  9. One by one immerse each couch cover into a prepared solution held inside a pail/bucket.
  10. Gently agitate them within soapy water for effective cleaning. Leave them soaking overnight if required though it may prolong duration taken during clean-up exercise.
  11. Remove your moist covered seat from the pail and rinse under cold tap water thoroughly before hanging it out in direct sunshine outdoors to dry naturally by solar heat.
  12. Repeat this procedure for all other remaining pieces still available within reach around you.

Q1: Can I machine wash all types of sofa covers?

A1: First, check their care label. While most covers are machine-friendly, some delicate fabrics may need hand washing instead.

Q2: Will using hot water shrink my sofa covers?

A2: Hot water can cause them to shrink hence use cold water when washing your couch’s outer covering fabric.

Q3: How can I remove tough stains from sofa covers?

A3: Think about pre-treating the marks with upholstery stain removers that work best on this type of material before washing them for better results against stubborn ones.

Q4: Can I tumble dry sofa covers to speed up the drying process?

A4: It’s better to hang out covers under sunlight/air just in case they would take more time drying up naturally than normal days where there is no rain or any sort; otherwise if required fast then low temperatures settings must be selected during drying cycle) instead applying heat); otherwise it might lead into shrinkage upon exposure towards moisture again after drenched inside while being washed such as usually happens due perspiration left behind our sweat glands).

Q5: Is it safe to use bleach when washing sofa covers?

A5: No, it is not safe because bleach will damage the fabric. Use mild detergents only for good quality results and durability too.

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