Washing cushion covers

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Washing cushion covers

Post by UserError » Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:25 pm

Hello,

Our new boat was shut up for a long period, so we would like to wash our saloon seat covers. Also, the hatch was left open for some while & there is fallout from seabirds...

The covers zip off, which is a good start, but have vinyl on the inside & fabric without so we're cautious about washing them.

What are our options to wash them? Is a delicate or cold wash in the machine out of the question, or hand wash only?

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Re: Washing cushion covers

Post by Jolly Roger » Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:45 pm

Before machine washing, I would suggest using a car upholstery cleaner. That should be strong enough to remove most of the dirt.

Most of the marine fabrics are in fact used in old people homes, hence the plasticised backing. So they should be able to be machine washed, but only use a cool wash and air dry to prevent any shrinkage.
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Re: Washing cushion covers

Post by steve parry » Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:39 am

Hi,

We clean our cushions at the start of the season using our Vax carpet cleaner with an upholstery attachment and a specialised upholstery cleaner it gets all the dirt out. If you haven't got a Vax just hire a carpet cleaner something like Rug Doctor with the necessary attachments to do the job. Rug Doctor do the special upholstery cleaner. By doing this you can clean the cushions several times and contain all the dirt in the cleaner. You will be surprised how much comes out!

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Re: Washing cushion covers

Post by UserError » Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:27 pm

Thanks,
There are no specific stains to attack, just that (a) it smells a bit musty/of someone else & (b) I'm keen to reduce the salt content of the cabin. I have no reason to believe that it's high, but it is inevitable over time with use as one comes in with wet foulies etc. A good rinse down of everything will help reset the dampness factor although the lack of dampness was striking for a boat that has been shut up afloat for maybe a few years.

Handy to know about the old peoples' home fabric tip. Thanks

We have a carpet cleaner so can try that.
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Re: Washing cushion covers

Post by UserError » Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:59 pm

Just realised that I forgot about the bird poo. Definitely carpet cleaner!

I think followed by a rinse to remove salt. Especially as, carpet cleaners, even industrial ones, always leave some residue which accelerates resoiling. And ours is only a domestic Bissell.
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Re: Washing cushion covers

Post by Nigel Birch » Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:10 pm

I machine washed mine at the beginning of the season with a cold wash to reduce possibility of shrinkage. It took a little while to get the buttons back on and had to learn a new knot but I think the boat smells fresher as a result. I store my cushions in the loft over the winter and, with the covers off, scattered cat litter over the foam and let it do it's stuff until the spring.
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Re: Washing cushion covers

Post by UserError » Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:22 pm

Thanks Nigel. I think we'll accumulate them all at home: then have a washing fest. We bought some covers only back as the tender is quite small, so we'll have to do it bit by bit.
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Re: Washing cushion covers

Post by UserError » Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:16 pm

Hi, I tried the two we currently have at home - put some tepid water & liquid soap in. Gently scrubbed a few marks. Despite not looking obviously grubby, the water was a bit grim.
Haven't reunited them with the foams but assume they haven't shrunk.
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