There is no better feeling than sinking into your cozy bed freshly made with clean, crisp linens. This is precisely the sensation we tried to emulate when designing our collections with removable and washable linen-blend slipcovers, such as our Lorne sofas and armchairs in the living room or our Hyla bedframe in the bedroom. Well, for full disclosure, we are also well aware that upholstered furniture is not immune to accidental spills, sticky hands, muddy paws, and any other happy hazards that are part of a busy lifestyle.
With that in mind, how should you look after your linen furniture to keep it looking as good as new for many years to come? Our guide will answer all of your questions.
We all love the relaxed, welcoming look of linen, but this ancient fibre has a lot more to offer than its cozy aesthetic. Linen is also an earth-friendly choice since it uses about a quarter of the water needed to grow cotton. Besides, it does not necessitate the use of fertilisers and is pest-resistant, reducing the need for harmful pesticides. Linen is also a natural thermoregulator, perfect for hot sleepers and warm climates. Finally, linen is one of the strongest fibres out there: not only does washing it not harm it, but it also gets softer every time. So do not hesitate to take your linen fabric for a spin in your washing machine to keep it looking crisp and free of dirt and harmful bacteria.
How to Care for Linen Furniture
Spot Clean Immediately
So, you got caught up in a lively conversation and forgot that you were nursing a glass of your favourite red wine or much-needed cup of coffee? No problem. However, you need to act fast since linen-blend slipcovers are not stain-resistant. Your first line of defence is to blot the stain as quickly as possible before it sets in and spot-clean it with a gentle cleaner like dish soap. Since your upholstery may not be colour-fast, you may want to test harsher cleaners on an inconspicuous area first.
Vacuum it Regularly
All furniture can benefit from a regular sweep with a hand vacuum to scoop up dirt, crumbs, dust, particles, and other allergens, such as pet hair, that accumulate every day. You would be surprised by how much longer you can keep your linen furniture looking clean by adding this simple task to your housekeeping routine.
Use a Gentle Cycle
Although linen is a strong fibre, your slipcovers will last longer if you wash them using a gentle cycle (it is true for your clothes as well!) If possible, you should also rinse it thoroughly to avoid any build-ups and traces of soap, detergent, or residual soiling. It is best to wash your slipcovers alone to prevent them from getting snagged by sharp-edged accessories like metal zippers, buttons and hooks. You also want to avoid overcrowding your washing machine so that everything gets thoroughly cleaned.
Stay Clear of Harmful Products
Mild detergents such as wool detergents work best for linen slipcovers since they will not harm the natural fibres. Avoid perfumes and other additives like fabric softeners which can damage your health, the fabric, and also the environment. Bleaching and other chemicals are also not recommended. If you notice some stubborn stains, it is best to spot-clean them or treat them ahead of time.
Dry on Low Setting, or Air Dry
Now that your slipcovers are nice and clean, you may be in a rush to put them back on your furniture to protect them. Not so fast! Tumble drying your slipcovers could break the fibres and shrink your slipcovers. If you must tumble dry them, do so on the lowest setting and do not hesitate to put them back on while they are slightly damp. However, the best choice for longevity and the environment is to air dry them away from the sun to avoid fading. If you are concerned about keeping your furniture protected during your cleaning routine, you may want to invest in a second set of replacement slipcovers.