The cushions bring an undeniable decorative touch to our interior. If we love to accumulate them, some accumulate dust and other small spots. They must therefore be cleaned regularly. But be careful to adapt your washing techniques to the different materials of your cushions!
1. How often to wash a cushion? 2. Machine or steam? 3. Overcome small daily stains 4. Clean a suede, velvet or outdoor cushion… 5. How to wash a cushion, and not just its cover?
1. How often to wash a cushion?
Do not wait until the cushion looks dirty to wash it! On a daily basis, perfume, perspiration and dust leave them little respite in terms of freshness and hygiene. Ideally, we should wash our cushion covers 3 to 4 times a year! Between two washes, maintain your cushions with a little regular vacuuming, tapping them on the window to ventilate them and spraying a little water on them with lavender, essential oil of tea tree or eucalyptus, anti-mites!
2. Machine or steam?
If your cushions are removable, the easiest way is to pass them to the machine. Be sure to read the cleaning labels and instructions. Otherwise, wash them in the delicate program or cold wash, and at low spin. If you have them, a few tennis balls in the machine drum will keep their rounded shape. As for steam cleaning, it is ideal for delicate and lightly stained textiles. A steamer will quickly clean the cushion without damaging it. Bonus: steam cleaning also makes it possible to tighten the fibers! However, avoid using it on a satin fabric.
3. To overcome everyday tasks
Here are grandmother's tips for washing your fabric cushions: * black soap + lukewarm water: gently rub the stain with a brush and let it dry. * soda crystals: diluted in hot water, they are gently applied to the sponge. Please note: only for light fabrics only! * Terre de Sommières: effective on the fatty spots it absorbs! In dry cleaning and with gloves, it is dusted and the fabric is massaged. Let sit, then vacuum. Talc also works! * a little warm water, washing-up liquid, and a small cup of ammonia: with gloves, moisten a sponge and clean. Rinse with a microfiber cloth and a little water. * 200 ml of warm water, 500 ml of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid: this mixture is perfect for cleaning a white cushion. * lemon juice: works particularly well on moldy stains.
4. Clean a suede, velvet or outdoor cushion
If you have any doubt about the product or stain remover to use, apply it on a small hidden area and test it with a little product on a cotton swab! *for a suede cushion: already think of erasing the stain, with a white eraser (or bread crumb!), then put a little talc or Terre de Sommières on it. Leave on overnight and then vacuum up! For a superficial trace, use a special crêpe suede brush. *for a velvet cushion: brush it regularly with a soft textile brush. If it is stained, mix warm water and soap, then rub gently with a microfiber cloth. Then dry. If that's not enough, ammonia is a very good velvet cleaner. *for outdoor cushions: a little soap in water is often enough, and for the most rebellious stains, baking soda will be very effective. To know: the shaving foam is quite effective against small spots! Rinse well.
5. How to wash a cushion, not just its cover?
Wash your cushion at least twice a year. Synthetic, it will pass without worry to the machine (do not hesitate to replace your usual detergent with ¼ cup of white vinegar). If he is : *in feathers: soak it all day in a bowl of cold water, with the juice of a lemon and coarse salt. Rinse it well and let it dry. Beat the cushion regularly to take off the feathers. *Latex: let it soak overnight in cold water with half a cup of vinegar. Rinse and allow to air dry. *in fabric and microfiber:put 1 liter of hot water in a bowl and pour in the juice of half a lemon (which disinfects) and 1 tablespoon of baking soda (which dissolves stains). Let soak, rinse and dry!