How to Care for Throw Pillows

Sometimes, your throw pillows can be neglected when it comes to cleansing and care. When on heavily used furniture, they can also attract dirt. Here are a few tips we recommend for keeping them in top shape. Most quality pillows have an insert that can be removed. Sometimes, these covers only require spot cleaning so they aren’t damaged. As for pillows, the method for cleaning is dependent upon whether they are filled with natural or synthetic materials.
From the San Francisco Gate:

Fiber-Filled Pillows
1. Remove the pillow from the case, if possible and if the case is not machine washable.
2. Fill the washing machine with warm water for fiber-filled throw pillows. Dissolve a mild detergent in the water, using the recommended amount on the label.
3. Submerge the pillow and the washable covering in the wash water. Wash on the gentle cycle for eight minutes.
4. Move the machine dial to the rinse cycle. Run the pillow through the warm water rinse cycle three times to ensure all detergent residue is removed.
5. Machine-dry the throw pillow on the low-heat gentle cycle for up to three hours, or until the filling is completely dry. Remove the pillow from the dryer and fluff it every 30 minutes during the dry cycle so the filling doesn’t clump. Air-dry the pillow cover unless the tag specifies that it is safe to tumble-dry.

Foam Pillows
1. Remove the insert from the covering. Wash the covering separately following the machine washing or spot washing instructions.
2. Fill the sink with warm water and the mild detergent. Submerge the foam insert in the water and squeeze it so the water works into the pillow.
3. Drain the sink and fill it with clear water. Submerge the pillow and squeeze it to rinse the detergent from the foam. Change the water at least twice and continue to squeeze until all the detergent is removed.
4. Squeeze the foam insert between two towels to remove most of the water. Air-dry the pillow flat for two to three days, or until no moisture remains. Foam pillows can combust in a dryer so can only be air-dried.

Spot Cleaning
1. Dissolve 1 tablespoon mild laundry detergent in a bowl of warm water.
2. Moisten a rag in the detergent solution. Blot the soiled sections of the throw pillow case with the damp cloth and lift the dirt or stain from the fabric.
3. Rinse the rag with clear water and wring it out. Blot the pillow with the clear water to remove all detergent residue.
4. Air-dry the pillow case flat or on a hanging line until it’s completely dry. Place the throw pillow insert back inside the case.



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