To dry clean a sofa cover, unzip or untie the cover from the sofa, and shake off any loose debris that may have collected on it. Check the tags on the item and ensure that the manufacturer recommends dry cleaning. If dry cleaning is recommended, bring the cover to a professional dry cleaner. Dry clean all matching upholstery at the same time to ensure that the fabric wears the same.
Dry clean a sofa cover regularly to prevent stains and odors from accumulating. In between cleanings, vacuum the cover to keep dust and dirt from collecting on it. Consumers can hire companies, such as Stanley Steemer, to perform in-home upholstery cleaning or rent steam cleaners from local equipment rental stores.
Avoid putting cushion covers into washing machines, because they could shrink and no longer fit on the cushions. Also, keep upholstered cushions out of direct sunlight to prevent the fabric from fading. Clean up spills as soon as possible to prevent difficult stains. If spills do occur, treat the stain with water-free dry-cleaning solvent; always test the solvent first on a hidden part of the fabric in case it damages the upholstery.
Stanley Steemer offers an in-home furniture cleaning service using a hot water extraction method that deodorizes fabrics after cleaning them and applies a chemical protector to help the fabric resist stains and odors. The company tests all dry-clean-only fabrics before choosing an appropriate cleaning method.