How to Keep Your Sofa Slipcovers Looking New For a Long Time

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Almost all of us have a sofa or two, if not more, in the house. Using slipcovers to protect the upholstery or to refresh the interior décor is a smart thing to do. However, cleaning the slipcovers regularly can keep them looking fresh, hygienic, and new. Some handy tips on how to care for them:

Sofa Slipcover General Care

It is advisable to wash all slipcovers of the same kind simultaneously to ensure that they maintain their color and finish uniformly. Check the detergent label to verify there are no bleaching agents by any name. You should turn the slipcovers inside out to preserve the colors better. Pull up the zippers to avoid snagging inside the machine and damaging it. You should avoid drying fabrics that crease easily in the machine, and instead hang them out in a shaded place to air dry.

Care Guidelines for Different Materials

Cotton: Cotton is a popular material to make sofa slipcovers, especially in areas with a hot and humid climate. To clean cotton sofa slipcovers, always use cold water and the most gentle wash cycle of the washing machine. You should not use the drier to prevent the fabric from shrinking but drip-dry them. It is a good idea to put them back on the sofa before they dry out completely as they tend to shrink while drying. If you want to iron them, use a low-temperature setting. If you want to spot clean a stain, first test out the effect of the detergent or cleaner in an inconspicuous place. After gently dabbing the stained spot with a wet cloth, use paper towels to absorb the moisture.  

Polyester: Polyester is a popular fabric for l shaped sectional couch covers since they keep looking good for years. Since the material is synthetic, it is more durable than cotton, linen, and wool. It is also fade-resistant and does not stretch or shrink. It is best to wash it using a cold water gentle cycle, but you can use a normal wash cycle if it is filthy. You must not ever use hot water to wash and if you must iron it, use a low-heat setting. It is best to let polyester slipcovers drip dry, but if you do tumble-dry, use a low speed. Exercise the same caution as you would for cotton for spot cleaning.

Velvet: Velvet blends slipcovers are popular because of their luxurious feel. The ideal way of cleaning velvet blend slipcovers is to vacuum them before removing them from the sofa to remove the loose dust and dirt According to The Laundress, hand-wash velvet fabrics in cold water using a gentle detergent for the best result. If you want to use the washing machine, use the lowest setting. Crease removal is best with light steaming and brushing thereafter. Do not iron.


While these care instructions are for some of the most popular fabrics for sofa slipcovers, you may not always know the fabric used in the ones you buy. It is best to follow the manufacturer’s washing instructions on the label. If the label is missing, wash gently with cold water using a good-quality detergent and drip dry.