How to Clean Pillows

Dec 22, 2023

Adding vibrant throw pillows can instantly liven up a space, but they tend to accumulate dust and grime over time. Cleaning them properly hinges on the pillow's material, structure, and specific washing instructions. Checking the care tags is crucial, but here are the typical methods for cleaning throw pillows.

How Often You Should Wash

The frequency of washing decorative pillows depends on how often you are using. If they adorn a frequently-used couch or bed, a monthly cleaning is recommended. For pillows used less often, seasonal cleaning would be enough.

Equipments & Tools

  • Washing machine
  • Soft sponge

Cleaning Products

  • Mild laundry detergent
  • Mild dishwashing liquid
  • Dry cleaning solution
  • Enzyme-based stain remove
Here's how you do it
  1. For tough stains, remove the pillow cover and treat it with an enzyme-based stain remover before washing.
  2. Take off the cover from the pillow and put it in the washing machine. Opt for mild detergent and cold water, using the gentle cycle.
  3. After the wash cycle, take out the cover and hang it to dry. Avoid using the dryer as the heat might shrink or distort the fabric.
  4. While the cover dries, place the pillow insert in the dryer on the air-only cycle. Add a few dryer balls to help fluff the pillow and remove accumulated dust.

How to Hand-Wash

  1.  Pretreat stains with an enzyme-based remover or detergent and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  2.  Fill a sink with cold water and a teaspoon of liquid detergent. Soak the cover for five minutes, swish, then rinse until no suds remain. Air dry.
  3. Hand wash the insert with a few drops of detergent, rinse thoroughly, squeeze excess water using towels, and air dry on a rack. Remember to fluff it during drying.

Tips For the Spot Clean

Spot cleaning is a gentle way to care for throw pillows labeled "spot clean only." Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Mix mild soap with warm water and dampen a sponge or cloth.
  2. Gently rub the stained area from the outer edges toward the center to prevent spreading.
  3. Use a clean area of the sponge as the stain transfers.
  4. Allow the dampened area to air dry.
  5. If needed, consider spot cleaning with a dry cleaning solvent for more stubborn stains.

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