How Do You Clean Throw Pillows?

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Throw pillows covered with silk or wool have to be dry-cleaned when necessary. Foam-filled pillows can be washed in a front-load washer and dried thoroughly. Throw pillows can also be vacuumed with the upholstery attachment when cleaning the couch. Cleaning throw pillows carefully will ensure that they last a long time.

  1. Remove the pillow cover

    Some throw pillow covers have decorative items that can be damaged in a washing machine. If this is the case, carefully remove the cover with a seam ripper. Sew the cover back on after hand-washing it separately. Stained or soiled pillow covers can be pre-treated with a color-safe prewash spray.

  2. Wash in a gentle wash cycle

    Wash the whole pillow, or the covers and pillow separately, on a gentle wash cycle using warm water. Use a mild detergent for delicate fabrics during washing. Remove the pillow as soon as the washing machine's cycle has ended.

  3. Dry the pillow thoroughly

    Determine whether the pillow is dryer safe. If it is not, hang it to dry in the sunlight, or place it in an indoor area with good ventilation. After drying, fluff the pillow in order to maintain its form. Do not use the pillow until it is dry.