When it comes to furnishing a living room, one of the most popular choices is a white slipcovered sofa. The best part about a white slipcovered sofa is that it can be easily maintained and kept looking like new. I’m going to share my best tips and tricks for cleaning white slipcovers — from spot cleaning, to deep cleaning, to steaming out the wrinkles.

Daily Maintenance for Slipcovers

To keep your white slipcovered sofa looking its best, it is important to vacuum or brush it regularly to remove any surface dust, dirt and pet hair. If there are any spills, it’s important to wipe them up right away with a damp cloth. If they’ve already dried, spot clean any visible stains with a mild detergent or fabric cleaning spray as soon as possible.

Spot Clean with Handheld Upholstery Machine

Spot cleaning can extend the time between full washes and a small, portable upholstery cleaner is a worthwhile investment to make the job as easy as possible! This machine is lightweight, convenient, and easy to use. It can reach hard-to-reach areas, so you don’t have to worry about removing the slipcovers before cleaning.

Do a Full Wash with Oxygen Based. Detergent and Cold Water

Pre-treat any stains with a spot cleaner before washing. Place the slipcover in a washing machine with cold water and an oxygen-based detergent. Use a gentle cycle, and avoid using too much detergent as it can leave a residue on the fabric.

Air Dry Covers & Put on While Still Damp

It is important to avoid using a dryer, as the heat can damage the fabric by causing it to shrink or become misshapen. It is important to put the slipcovers back on the sofa frames while they are still slightly damp. This will help the fabric to contour to the shape of the furniture and look its best. It also helps to avoid wrinkles, bunching, and creases that can happen when the fabric is dry.

Steam with a Handheld Steamer

 I use a handheld steamer for better maneuverability around the slipcover. To make the process easier, steam the slipcover in sections. Move the steamer slowly and continuously over the fabric to ensure even coverage. Use the steam to relax wrinkles and freshen the fabric. Once the steaming process is complete, allow the slipcover to air dry completely before use.

A white slipcovered sofa is a beautiful addition to any home. It is a timeless choice that will look great in most interiors. With regular upkeep and cleaning, you’ll be able to have this comfortable piece in your living room for years to come. Tap the link to read more and follow along with me on Instagram @ninahendrickhome

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