Here at Soferia, most of our fabrics are made in EASY CLEAN technology, so washing them is going to be extremely easy most of times. However, once a while it might be good idea to wash them and make sure, they are perfectly clean.
Preparing for the Wash
Before diving into the actual washing process, its crucial to prepare properly to achieve the best results. Follow these steps:
1.1 Read the Care Labels
Care labels on the covers provide valuable information regarding the recommended washing method, water temperature, and other important details. Always read and follow the care instructions to avoid damaging the fabric. Here, at Soferia most of our fabrics are suitable for washing. Exact cleaning instructions are shown next to each each fabric type. Please take time to read these carefully.
1. Remove the Covers
Carefully remove the covers and/or slipcovers from your sofa, armchair, or footstool. Check for any loose threads or damaged zippers and make necessary repairs before washing.
2. Shake off Dust and Debris
Give the covers a good shake outdoors to remove loose dust and debris. This step helps prevent the accumulation of dirt in your washing machine.
3. Pre-Treat Stains (Optional)
If you notice any stains on the covers, consider pre-treating them before washing. Use a stain remover or a mixture of mild detergent and water for spot cleaning.
Choosing the Right Washing Method
The washing method you choose will depend on the type of fabric your covers are made of. Here are some common fabric types and the recommended washing methods:
Machine Washable Fabrics
Most covers for IKEA sofas and other pieces of furniture are made of cotton, polyester, or blends can be safely washed in a washing machine. Follow these steps:
Check for Zippers: Ensure all zippers are closed before placing the covers in the machine to prevent snagging.
Use Gentle Cycle: Select a gentle or delicate cycle to avoid damaging the fabric.
Use Mild Detergent: Use a mild laundry detergent to protect the colors and fibers of the covers.
Avoid Overloading: Dont overload the washing machine; wash the covers in batches if necessary.
Hand Wash Only Fabrics
Certain delicate fabrics like silk or wool require hand washing to prevent damage. If you want to be especially careful with Soferia or maybe even original covers from IKEA you can try the following procedure. Heres how to hand wash your covers:
Fill a Basin: Fill a basin with lukewarm water and add a small amount of mild detergent.
Gently Agitate: Submerge the covers in the water and gently agitate them for a few minutes.
Rinse Thoroughly: Rinse the covers with cold water until all detergent is removed.
Press Out Water: Press the water out gently without wringing or twisting the covers.
Drying the Covers
Properly drying the covers is crucial to avoid shrinkage or damage. Heres how to do it:
Air drying is the safest method for most fabric types. Hang the covers outside or in a well-ventilated area, avoiding direct sunlight to prevent color fading.
For covers that are safe for machine drying, use a low-heat setting to avoid shrinking or damaging the fabric. Add dryer balls or clean tennis balls to help fluff the covers.
Ironing and Storage
After the covers are dry, you may need to iron them to remove wrinkles. Ensure you use the appropriate heat setting for the fabric type. Once they are wrinkle-free, store them in a cool, dry place until youre ready to use them again.
Congratulations! By following our comprehensive guide on how to properly wash sofa, armchair, and chair covers, you can ensure your furniture remains in top condition and enjoy a fresh, clean living space. Remember always to read the care labels, choose the right washing method, and allow the covers to dry properly to maintain their quality. Wash them in the right way and Soferia covers will stay with you for a long time ensuring the beautiful appearance of your furniture.