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Best Care Instructions For Your Throw Pillows and Covers

It's been said Throw pillows are the stuffed animals of grown women...I mean, it's not wrong!

Decorative throw pillows create a personal atmosphere by adding that feeling of a warm, inviting and relaxing environment.  Pillows, like art make a statement and emanate a coziness you can feel and see!  Over time they can get dusty, dirty, and grimy leaving them in need of a good cleaning. 

I know you want to keep them clean to make them last so you can keep cuddling and snuggling them for a very long time. Luckily, you can easily clean and care for many types of throw pillows and covers yourself! Read on for simple tips on how best to care for your throw pillows...

Spot Clean

Blotting up a spill immediately helps prevent a permanent, unsightly stain from forming. Press a folded soft white cloth or (white paper towel) into the wet area to remove as much moisture from the spill as possible. Using a white cloth or a paper towel, rather than a dyed cloth, ensures no tint bleeds onto the fabric.

Pillow Fabric Matters

Find out what material your decorative pillow is made out of and how it can safely be cleaned. A lot of throw pillows feature cotton, polyester or a cotton/wool blend. Mishmash Pillows covers and pillows are 100% spun polyester. For these, machine wash cold using gentle cycle and mild detergent, tumble dry low or lay flat to dry. If your pillows are made out of silk or satin they require a cleaner made specifically for those fabrics. If you're unsure whether a pillow is delicate or durable, choose a gentle approach to ensure the fabric isn't damaged or discolored during the cleaning process. No tag, no problem. Just opt for the gentlest cleaner available.

Remove Dirt & Debris

Pillows will eventually need cleaning and should be laundered. Before cleaning a specific spot on a pillow, remove as much household dust as possible to avoid pushing it deep into the fabric. Take the pillow outside your home and pound it with your hands several times to release the dust.  Next, vacuum pillows with an upholstery brush attachment to help remove even more dust. Hand vacuums work great but exercise care when dealing with adorned pillows, as decorative elements may be loose and end up in the vacuum cleaner. 

Re-moveable Covers

The next step is to remove your pillow cover carefully not to damage the zipper. Always wash the pillow and the cover separately with warm water and a mild detergent. Most pillows will have a label with washing instructions.  A tag may say "spot clean only" or state that machine washing the cover is okay. When you have pillows that can only be spot cleaned, it's important to know how to do spot cleaning right to avoid damaging the pillow cover.  

Pre-treat Stains

Washing Label

Pre-treat the stains with soft cloth or bristle brush that has been soaked in warm soapy water. Machine wash, max 40°C, normal cycle. Do not bleachdo not tumble dry. Iron, steam or dry low heat only. Do not dry-clean.

Hang Or Lay Flat To Dry

After you wash your pillow covers, either by hand or machine wash, hang them out to dry. If you’re not washing it, giving it some fresh air could be just the ticket to freshen it up. Assemble your pillow when completely dry and fluff to reshape.

Additional Tips

  • While the idea of cleaning all throw pillows with soap and water may be appealing, it's not practical or recommended for some pillows. Also, water can damage a pillow's fabric and ruin its cover in some cases. For this reason, it's a good idea to always check the tag that's attached to the pillow. 
  • If the pillow filler is a piece of solid foam, remove the cover and soak the foam in warm water with a small amount of mild detergent. It’s easiest to do this in a bathtub or large sink. Rinse the foam clean and gently press out the excess water. Do not put the foam in the dryer; let it air-dry.
  • The stuffing in some pillows will clump if the pillow is washed. Spot-cleaning the covers and then airing the pillow out is a better way, short of having it dry-cleaned. Otherwise, the pillow will not retain its shape.
  • Do not wash suede, leather-trimmed, silk, or wool-covered pillows with water.
  • Dry the pillows as quickly as possible in well-ventilated areas. Wet pillow stuffing can develop a musty odor if it is damp for too long.
  • Worn stitching on pillows may burst in a washing machine. If your throw pillows are old or not in good shape, simply spot clean them instead of putting them through a washing machine. 

    I truly hope that I have answered all your questions regarding how to clean throw pillows and covers ~ Thank you Madison T.

    Do you have a pillow related design inquiry or home décor question? I'd love to hear from you! Email me at info@mishmashpillows.com.

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    Miss Dorla, CEO Mishmash Pillows

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