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I wouldn't try it. Presuming a 2% shrinkage, a 21" wide chair means less than 1/2" shrinkage ... that's an ok fudge factor. The same 2% shrinkage on a 80" wide sofa is over an 1-1/2" ... might not be so easy to fudge.
The tag inside the slipcover says:
No tumble dry.
Do not wash.
Does anyone have any experience washing the cotton sofa slipcovers? Is drycleaning absolutely necessary?
I have thrown the cotton slipcover for my Pello chair (the Poang wannabe) in the washing machine despite the tag's instructions not to do so, and it came out super fabulous.
I don't want to risk ruining my Allerum slipcover, since a replacement will run me about 200 bucks on eBay, but I wanted to see if anyone has tried it in the past.
Many thanks in advance!
I'd try washing one pillow cover first , cold water and hang to dry, then compare it to the other pillow and see if you have any problems. I've washed many things that are dry clean only. You win some you loose some.
I need update !!! How is your sofa cover? You end up dry clean or washing machine clean? i just collect it my sofa cover yesterday from dry clean. I don't really think dry clean make the wonder. Maybe i am old fashion women. I prefer soap, hot water cleaning way.
I washed the pillow covers in super cold water, liquid laundry detergent, and a scoop of Oxy Clean. They came out fine, so I washed the back cushion cover cover the same way and put it back on the couch while it was still damp. It didn't shrink, it got longer. I don't know how or why. So now the ends are a little slack, but I would rather have a clean couch with slack ends than a dirty couch with taut ends. I washed the seat cushion cover last, and it looks fabulous. The ends, again, are a little looser than before, but the fabric looks so much better now that it is clean.
I would not recommend hot water. It is not needed. Also, don't put the covers in the dryer. They need to be little damp when you put them back onto your couch so they dry in the correct form.
I wash my Henriksdal counter stool white cotton covers all the time, on hot, and dry until just short of dry. Then I put them on the stools and they dry the rest of the way, no wrinkles and they actually get softer each time.