How to care for your cushions

Posted: 12 February 2020

Every once in a while your cushions need a bit of a freshen up and TLC to keep them lasting longer.

In this quick guide, we share three easy ways to increase the life of your cushion covers and inserts - and keep them looking lovely!

1. Give your cushions a shake and a fluff!

Fluffing your cushions every night before you go to bed is a great routine to get into so that your living room is all reset for the next day. There is nothing better than waking up to a bit of order!

Everyone has their own different method for how they plump up their chair cushions. Our favourite technique is giving a few karate chops on each side of the cushion and work the inner back into the corners of your cushion.

2. How to clean your cushion covers

How regularly you clean your cushion covers (if at all) is determined by the fibres that make up your cushion cover. The more you wash knitted covers, for example, the quicker it could loose shape whereas other materials like our Velvet Ava cushions would be fine and annual cleaning will pro-long the life. Be sure to always check the care label on your product first before doing any cleaning to ensure you are following the right instructions:

Machine wash

  • Gentle cold machine wash.
  • Wash with like colours.
  • Lie flat to dry.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Cool iron on reverse.
  • Dry-Cleanable.

Hand Wash

  • Gentle cold hand wash.
  • Wash with like colours.
  • Lie flat to dry.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Cool iron on reverse.
  • Dry-Cleanable.

Dry Clean Only

don't challenge this care label! Take these cushion covers to your local dry cleaner for a proper assessment and clean.

For an accidental spill or grubby mark, it is best to spot clean. Use a soft cloth with a very little bit of water and gentle detergent to blot the stain (without rubbing) – you can then press the stain with a paper towel to remove the loose particles. Be sure to test this first on a small patch of the cushion to make sure it is appropriate for the specific fabric.

Cushion cover is not dirty but needs a freshen up? Rather than washing it, remove the cover and try hanging it outside or in a steamy bathroom to breathe.

3. How to clean your cushion inserts

Whether there has been a few too many accidental spills or some interesting smells wafting off of your cushions, there may come a time where you need to wash your cushion insert.

There are many different types of cushion inners used in the market. Weave cushions come with a flat-packed microblend insert and there is also the option to upgrade to a feather insert. Although they both have a quality 100% Cotton Japara cover and look very similar, they have different washing instructions due to their different fillings. Make sure that you check the care label attached to the insert (not the cover) before attempting any cleaning.

How to wash a microblend cushion insert

Our microblend inserts are allergy and odour-free so you will rarely need to wash them, however, if they do need a clean, we recommend that you:

1. Put your inner in a warm machine wash

2. Line dry in the shade or tumble dry warm

How to wash a feather fill cushion insert

Weave’s feather fill inserts are filled with 100% white duck feather and are fully certified for being non live-plucked, having a responsible down standard and traceable supply chain. To clean:

1. Warm machine or hand-wash

2. Warm Tumble Dry

3. Air before use

How to wash a polyester insert

Pre-AW20 polyester inserts were a standard inclusion with all cushion covers. If you own one of these cushion inners, we advise that you follow these steps to clean:

1. Hand-wash only

2. Gentle Squeeze

3. Drip dry

If ever in doubt, our friendly team would love to assist! Simply fill in our contact us form and we will get back to you. Also, we have created this printable living room checklist to help you track different items in your home. 

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