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Here are my newly sewn plaid pillows with the PillowCubes.com inserts I ordered recently. Don’t they look much better? The inserts are nice and soft. .
They sit up straight now, and they are clean and fresh
Remember how they looked before, all flat and floppy? One had a side with small staining in one area, too.
Washing decorative pillows is much easier when they have no fringe, decorative trims or delicate fabrics to consider. This video pretty well covers those.
For pillows made with fine fabrics and decorative trims, spot cleaning is pretty much the only way. I tried spot cleaning our plaid pillows, and it caused a circle to form around the area I cleaned. The only solution in that case is to wash the entire side. But with the fringe, I dared not try it.
I ordered slightly smaller inserts from PillowCubes.com than what were in the old pillows, so I snipped all the seams and removed the trim. After removing the fringe to cut my pillow to size for the new inserts, I took the opportunity to wash the fronts and backs of both pillows.
How to Handle Food Stains
If you have a food stain, spot-cleaning prior to overall cleaning may be necessary. I recommend using only cool water. Greasy food stains may require warm or hot water.
Test a spot first to see how much color bleeds off. If a lot of color bleeds away, only run warm or hot water through the small area of the spot – or use only cool water. With your finger, rub a dot of mild shampoo into the spots.
I used warm (not hot) water to rinse only the spots since our stains looked greasy. (Ahem…eating fried chicken on the couch, HH?)
For overall cleaning, fill a clean sink with cool water with a tiny drizzle of mild shampoo. (Dawn dish liquid works well, too.) Squeeze each pillow side into the mixture and rinse with cool water.
Gently squeeze excess water from fabric and lay flat over your ironing board. Give it a good press with an iron on medium setting (or whatever your fabric content will allow). Press entire front and reverse side without steam.
As you finish pressing, lay them over a towel rack or something similar until they finish drying.
Stitch your pillows together and enjoy them, nice and clean! A bonus…no more flat, floppy pillows. 🙂
I realize you may not want to tear your pillows apart to clean them. (I won’t be doing that on a regular basis, either!) For cleaning upholstery and drapery fabrics, which is likely the type on your decorative pillows, follow these instructions for cleaning.
I used the Dawn and water solution they recommend on this Tassle-Button Pillow from the antique mall.
Do your pillows need freshening? If you have pets around, or kids with sticky fingers, do you feel the need to replace your pillows more often?
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