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How to Clean Slipcovers

Have you ever wondered what is the best way to wash slipcovers? Today I am sharing how I wash our IKEA slipcovers. This method works every time.

One of the questions I get asked most frequently is, “How do you keep your white slipcovers clean?”. I think most people think I own white slipcovers because our boys are grown and that’s how they stay clean. But look at the photo above! I have a  great method I use to wash Ikea slipcovers and I can not wait to share it with you.

Have you ever wondered about slipcovers  vs. upholstery? Read how I compare the two in my blog post, Slipcovers or Upholstery?

It doesn’t matter how old your kids are. Or how many pets you have. Keeping white slipcovers looking nice is easy. You just need to wash them. If you look closely at these photos, check out all of the spots!

I have to admit, it has been a while since I cleaned our slipcovers at the beach house. With my broken foot, it just wasn’t a priority. But let me share with you how easy it is to wash Ikea slipcovers. Or any slipcovers for that matter!

There are a lot of questions about washing slipcovers.

Can I wash my sofa covers in the washing machine?

It depends on the fabric. Read the care label first before you throw the slipcovers on the machine. If you aren’t sure about the durability of washing, you can always have them drycleaned. Otherwise,  wash the slipcover on a gentle cycle in cold water with a mild detergent.

Are Pottery Barn Slipcovers Washable?

According to  Pottery Barn, the Slipcover Care is: Machine wash cold, gentle cycle with like colors, only non-chlorine bleach when needed. Tumble dry low. Warm iron as needed, or spot clean with a damp white cloth.  Remove promptly to reduce wrinkling and stretch slipcover back on frame and/or cushion(s) to complete drying. 
 

How often should you wash slipcovers?

If you want a clean and beautiful sofa, you should wash the covers every 3 – 6 months. it’s pretty hard to wash them every month or so, but don’t forget, the longer the dirt gets accumulated, the harder it is to clean.
 

How to Wash Ikea Extorp Slipcovers 

The steps are so easy to wash slipcovers.

  1. Take off all of the slipcovers.
  2. Spray every stain you can find with Resolve. I usually use an entire bottle each time I wash our slipcovers.
  3. Place in the washing machine. To wash the IKEA Ektorp sectional, I run two loads. One with the cushion slipcovers and another one with the couch cover.
  4. Add one large scoop of Oxyclean and one Tide (or any laundry soap) tablet.
  5. Change the setting to reflect HOT wash cycle and run the full cycle.
  6. Take the slipcovers out and don’t dry them. I know that some people dry them but I like my slipcovers loose fitting and I don’t want to take the chance they will shrink. Normally I hang them but I couldn’t find my clothesline! So I laid them out on towels on the ping pong table in our garage. Usually, I let them hang dry overnight.

Don’t let them try completely. When they are a tiny bit damp to the touch, go ahead and put them back on the sofa and cushions.  Look how much better they look!

The key to washing slipcovers is using both the Resolve and the Oxyclean. For some reason, the combination works really well together.

I can honestly say that there is not one spot anywhere on the entire slipcover! 

And by the way, my slipcovers are almost five years old. My sectional is the IKEA Extorp with the white cover. I just love how they look brand new every time I clean them.

I get a lot of inquiries about why we have so much neutral (aka white) furniture in our homes. It’s because neutral furniture allows you the flexibility to decorate however you want. You can read more about that here.

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9 Responses

  1. I gave the sofa, ottoman and chair and I love them!! I have the dark gray slips and a set of dark beige which I have yet to put on.

  2. I LOVE having slip covers too. Our Mitchell Gold sofa is nearly 18 years old and the slip covers still look great. I have a few different colors for each season and they wear so well~~especially with 3 children and pets. Thanks for sharing…haven’t used Resolve on them but will now try it.

  3. The hot water doesn’t shrink them and then if you put them on damp do they dry fairly quickly? Mine need done desperately. I have done them before but not in hot water and I put them outside to dry completely which requires nice weather, but I hate to give up a pretty day to this chore, lol

  4. So funny…I clean my white Ikea slipcovers almost same way! I have several of these sofas both at home and at our house on Cape Cod. Those slipcovers wash great! Sometimes I do dry them on low heat for a bit but never fully! I do have a few spare slipcovers for catastrophic stains though more likely in event of my lab chewing the corner of a skirt to sofa! I do also love solution of dish liquid, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda for tough stains on white slipcovers (or white jeans…works for red wine spills:).

  5. I have a 3 piece sectional sofa that is a Tuscan gold color. I have washed the pillow covers several times but never the actual couch covers. I have been afraid they would shrink and I wouldn’t be able to get them on. So washing in hot water is ok????

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