Washing Throw Pillows: A Step-by-Step Guide.Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to wash throw pillows:
Remove any covers or pillowcases and wash them separately according to their care instructions.
Check the tag on the pillow to determine if it can be washed or if it needs to be dry cleaned. If it can be washed, proceed to the next step.
Fill a large basin or bathtub with lukewarm water and a small amount of mild laundry detergent.
Submerge the pillow in the water and gently agitate it with your hands to distribute the detergent.
Let the pillow soak for 15-20 minutes.
Drain the water and refill the basin or tub with clean water.
Rinse the pillow thoroughly to remove all the soap.
Press down on the pillow to remove as much water as possible.
Hang the pillow outside to air dry, or put it in the dryer on a low heat setting with a few clean tennis balls to fluff it up.
Note: Down and feather pillows should be washed using a special detergent and dried with low heat to prevent clumping. Synthetic pillows may need to be washed on a delicate cycle with a low spin speed to avoid damaging the filling.
The frequency of washing your decorative pillows depends on how frequently they are used.
For throw pillows that are regularly used on a couch or in a bedroom, it’s recommended to wash them at least once a month. However, for pillows located in less frequented areas, washing them every two months or as needed should suffice.
If your throw pillows are not machine-washable, there are still ways to clean them.
Spot-Clean Stains If you notice any stains, you can spot-clean them with a mixture of water and mild detergent.
Dip a clean cloth into the solution and gently blot the stain until it disappears.
Vacuum the Pillow Use a vacuum with an upholstery attachment to remove dirt, dust, and hair from the pillow’s surface.
Vacuum both sides of the pillow to make sure you get all the debris.
Freshen Up with Baking Soda If your throw pillows have absorbed any unpleasant odors, sprinkle baking soda on the surface and let it sit for at least 15 minutes before vacuuming it off.
Baking soda helps absorb any smells.
Use a Fabric Freshener Another way to freshen up your throw pillows is to use a fabric freshener spray.
Choose a product that is safe for the type of fabric your pillows are made of, and lightly mist the pillows from a distance. Allow them to air-dry completely before using them again.
Fluff and Rotate Fluffing your pillows regularly will help them maintain their shape and support.
Rotate them periodically so they wear evenly and last longer.
By following these tips, you can keep your throw pillows clean and fresh without the need for machine-washing.
To spot clean a throw pillow, start by getting a slightly damp sponge and adding a drop of mild soap such as Dish Soap or upholstery shampoo.
Work the soap into a small lather on the sponge, then gently work it into the fabric of the pillow. Let the soap sit for a few minutes, then blot it up with a damp towel.
Finally, let the pillow air dry completely. If the stain is particularly stubborn, you may need to repeat this process a few times.
Use pillow protectors to help extend the life of your throw pillows.
These thin covers can be easily removed and washed, keeping the actual pillow cleaner for longer periods of time.
Rotate your pillows regularly.
By flipping and rotating your pillows, you can help distribute wear and tear evenly, and prevent them from becoming lumpy or misshapen over time.
Consider using stain-resistant fabric treatments to help protect your throw pillows from spills and stains.
These treatments can be found in the form of sprays or can be added to the washing machine during a wash cycle.
Avoid eating or drinking on or near your throw pillows.
This will help prevent stains from food and drink spills, and also keep crumbs and debris from settling into the fabric.
*The information is for reference only.