Cushion Care Guide

Inorder to keep your cushions looking there best for years to come it's important to care for them properly. Holmes Living's range of cushions and home decor have been lovingly made by hand, meaning that with the proper love and care when cleaning they should easily stand the test of time and continue to perfectly adorn your home for many years to come. 

Below is a handy guide to help you keep your cushions from Holmes Living clean and in great condition. Please note that any advice is given in good faith and should not be considered a guarantee. If in any doubt, you should always consult a professional cleaning company.

Cleaning Your Cushions

When it comes to deciding how best to clean your cushion covers it's important to consider what type of fabric you're dealing with. Many of the cushion covers I make are made using high quality, upholstery grade materials such as 100% cotton, velvet or polyester/cotton blends. All of these fabric will wash well if the proper care and attention is given to the method you choose. As a general rule, I recommend hand washing cushion covers, not only is hand washing one of the most effective cleaning methods but it is also suitable for almost every type of material.

Other general rules to follow no matter how you decide to wash your cushions are:

1. Do not use bleach or other harsh chemicals. 

2. Do not tumble dry. 

3. Remember not all fabrics can be ironed.  

How to Hand Wash Cushions

When hand washing its best to concentrate on one cushion at a time. You may wish to gently vacuum the cushion cover to remove any loose debris prior to starting the below process.

  • Fill a large container, sink or even bathtub with luke warm water.
  • Add small amount of laundry detergent, ensuring it is suitable for the material type you are cleaning.
  • Submerge your cushion cover making sure the material is completely saturated.
  • After a minute or two you can begin to gentle massage the fabric with your hands, you do not need to apply too mush pressure to the fabric, just enough to work in the detergent focusing on any marks or stains. 
  • Empty the container of dirty water and refill with fresh clean water to rinse. 
  • Gently squeeze the fabric to ensure no detergent if left. Do not wring the fabric as this can lead to the material stretching, becoming misshapen or even tearing. 
  • Repeat rinse until the water runs clear. 
  • Reshape cushion cover whilst wet and allow to drip or line dry in the shade. 
  • Some materials may require a cool iron on the reverse side to remove creases once completely dry. 

How to Machine Wash Cushions

Machine washing is one of the quickest and easiest ways to wash cushion covers. Before machine washing it's essential that you check the type of material you're dealing with can be machine washed. Cushions made using materials such as cotton, linen, polyester and velvet can be machine washed using the steps below. Similar to hand washing it's important to group your cushion covers by colour and material type before washing.

  • Turn your cushion cover inside out.
  • Throw your cushion cover into the washing machine.
  • Select the most gentle to delicate cycle your washing machine has (for example the hand wash cycle).
  • Choose the lowest temperate setting. 
  • Add gentle laundry detergent. 
  • Remove cushion cover as soon as the wash cycle has finished. 
  • Reshape cushion cover whilst wet and allow to drip or line dry in the shade. 
  • Some materials may require a cool iron on the reverse side to remove creases once completely dry. 

Hopefully, the above care guide will enable you to keep your cushions from Holmes Living looking their best for many years to come.  

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