Cleaning upholstery

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Has anyone ever washed upholstery that says 'professional cleaning only'? My settees are absolutely filthy and desperately need cleaning, but when I've had them cleaned in the past they just never look that much better. I'm toying with the idea of putting the loose covers in the washing machine and using my green machine to clean the bases. I can't find anywhere where it says what the fabric is so I'm a bit worried. I have washed 'dry clean only' covers before but they were cotton so I wasn't too worried.
Any advice gratefully received.
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Can you try a little foam carpet cleaner (which you get in a grocery or drugstore) on a small area which doesn't show much and then vacuum it when it is dry? I've done that on a wine stain on very light, ivory couch fabric which had wine spilled on it. It worked.

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It really depends on the fiber and fabric type. Fiber is the raw materials it's made of and fabric ferers to the manner in which the fibers were put together to make the textile. I would take them to a fabric store and see if someone can help you identify the fibers used and fabrication.

Also, the real problem of washing some fabrics is the agitation and not the water. You would be better off putting them in a big tub and gently hand washing them w/ a hose and bucket and hanging them to dry rather thaqn using machines. There are also some fibers that burn or melt easily so you would have to iron them on the lowest settings possible.

Can you describe the fabrication? Or post a pic?
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I gave my old sofa to my friend and he took a chance and washed the cushion covers. They turned out fine. I had kept the matching loveseat so I started washing its cushion covers regularly. I just made sure to wash on cold and hang to dry. It's true some fabrics don't like the agitation (you wouldn't want to wash wool), but many fabrics do just fine. Now that I think about it used to wash the covers for another sofa as well. Again, I washed on cold and hung them to dry.
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I have micro-fiber and wash in the machine on gentle, then put them back on the cushions to dry. Seems to keep there shape a little better.
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The covers I had on the suite that I used to wash I just did on a cold gentle wash and hung to dry which is what I would do again.
The fabric is something man-made - it's kind of got a coating on the back. It's night-time here now and my lighting's not the best so I'll take a couple of pics tomorrow in daylight.
Never thought of the foam cleaner, I'll have a look next time I'm at the shops.
Thanks.
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I used one of those carpet cleaners on one of my couches and it faded the color off. The couch was a silky type of fabric, dry clean only. It cleaned it but the color faded.
I tried to wash a cushion cover. It practically disintegrated. I'd be careful.
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Hmm. those kinds of results are what worries me.
I've been painting all day and forgot to take pics, will do it tomorrow.
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Ok, first pic is the right side, second is the back, it's a sort of smooth and shiny coating on the back, definitely man-made but I've no idea what.
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3b in South Australia.
It looks like it would be OK in Woolite in the sink.

Can you dunk just a corner of one of them in the sink w/ some water w/ Woolite, hand wash it and see how it (air)dries?
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Oh, I never thought of just trying a corner, that's a good idea. And dim question of the day - what's Woolite? Just wool wash, like soap flakes, or something else?
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It's a gentle detergent for handwashing clothes (but it is American, so it might not be available in AUS).
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It's a brand of really gentle cleaner here. Maybe something for baby clothes there?
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^^^ often used for handwashing lingerie and other delicates
3b (with 3c tendencies) on modified CG

Will have a look and see what I can find. Thanks.
3b in South Australia.
Well, I bought some wool wash ages ago and eventually (like last weekend!) got around to washing a corner of a cover. It seemed to be ok, so finally today (a very hot and windy day) I bit the bullet and washed them all. Couldn't use the wool wash as my machine is a bit awkward with liquid detergent, so I just used my usual stuff on a delicate wash and hey presto - perfectly clean covers that haven't shrunk, frayed, disintegrated or any other such nasty thing, they look fine.
Didn't manage to get the bases quite as clean (my SO has very oily skin and I just can't get the marks out) but other than that I'm pleased I did it, they're so much better.
3b in South Australia.
Glad it worked out for you. Thanks for letting us know. I was curious about this.
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Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Experimenting with cones & sulfates while the dews are high.
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
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