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USE & CARE

Caring for all-natural fabrics.

Spoiler alert: there is no foolproof, works-every-time, miracle approach to spot cleaning and washing spills out of a slipcover (or anything for that matter). There are simply too many variables—the nature of the spill, the time it sits in the fibers, the minerality of your water, the type of detergent. And while the all-natural linens and cottons you'll find here are truly wonderful fabrics to spend time with, they do have limitations. (Oil-based stains, for example, are tough to get out even at the dry cleaner.) But having lived with and spilled on these materials ourselves, we can say that everyday spills are quite cleanable. Dry cleaning is always the best bet, but if you want to act more quickly or manually, a clean white cloth, some mild detergent and a cold wash in the machine will go a long way.

Step 1: PRE-TREAT

Quickly place a clean white cloth or a color-free paper towel onto the spill and let it absorb any excess liquid. You can also use a spoon to scrape up the excess for thicker spills like ketchup. Leave the cloth on top (without rubbing!) to soak up as much of the liquid as possible.

Step 2: SPOT CLEAN

Using another clean cloth, gently dab mild dishwashing detergent, mild laundry detergent, or enzymatic cleaner (based on your fabric below) into the stain without soaking the fabric—saturating the area can cause fading. Rotate the cloth to avoid transferring stain back to the fabric.

Step 3: MACHINE WASH

Wash on a gentle cycle using cold water and mild laundry detergent. Be careful to add detergent gradually (if your machine doesn’t already do this). We recommend washing as many covers as possible (i.e. cushions / sectional components) so that the entire slipcover wears evenly.

Step 4: DRY & FLUFF

Air dry until the slip is completely dry, then place into the dryer on tumble cycle using low heat or no heat at all—just to fluff the fibers back up to their usual self.