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use & care

Cleaning an all-natural slipcover.

Machine wash.

Gentle cycle, cold water

While our care labels do call out that a "professional clean" is the safest route, we've seen beautiful success washing our slipcovers at home and during our array of testing, as have many of our customers. Wash on a gentle cycle, using cold water and mild (brightener-free) detergent. And don't forget to close all the zippers! As with dry cleaning, we recommend washing every component of your slipcover at the same time to maintain color uniformity.

Unless your slipcover is white, we suggest staying away from enzymatic cleaners like OxiClean—it will lift the dye from the fabric right along with the stain. Be careful to add detergent gradually (if your machine doesn't already do this).

Air dry.

And then fluff

Simple enough. Drying the slipcover in a machine dryer, straight from the wash will cause it to shrink, so air drying is a must. Hang dry the slip until it's barely damp. Then tumble dry in the machine using low heat (or no heat at all) for a few minutes to fluff the fibers back up to their usual perky selves.

Spoiler alert: there's no foolproof, works-every-time, miracle approach to washing a slipcover. There are simply too many variables involved: the nature of a stain, the time it sits in the fabric fibers, the minerality of your water, the type of detergent you use—it all factors into the laundering process. Every spill is a unique proverbial snowflake.

Our all-natural cottons and linens are truly wonderful fabrics to spend time with, and the ability to remove them and wash them makes this luxury all the more livable. However, it's worth noting that some of this beauty comes with limitations. The same qualities that make these materials exceptional—their breezy beauty, inherent durability, the gorgeous way they break in, the way they get softer and more robust with time—mean washing and cleaning should be performed with gentle care and proper knowledge.

Our style of luxury may be casual, but it isn't invincible. 

That said, we only offer fabrics we'd be excited to have in our own homes. Having lived with these fabrics for years, and having tested cleaning methods on an extensive variety of stains and spills ourselves, we can confidently say that our fabric slipcovers are quite cleanable with a bit of mindful care.

Dry clean.

The best all-around solution

Dry-cleaning will deliver the best, most consistent results for both stain removal and regular laundering. Elegance and comfort aside, one of the best parts of owning slipcovered furniture is, well, you can remove the slipcover and clean it. And, as with any luxury material, laundering a premium, all-natural slipcover is best left to professionals.

Of course, not all dry cleaners are created equal. Laundering all-natural materials, particularly linen, is a delicate process, even for professionals. Vet your dry cleaner, give them a Google, ask questions, and request that they avoid extreme heat whenever possible. 

We recommend dry-cleaning all components of your slipcover at the same time to ensure even wear.

Pre-treating & spot-cleaning.

Tread carefully, it's tricky

We meticulously hand-dye our 100% linens (Light Weight Linen and Medium Weight Linen) and our Washed Cotton Linen (80% linen, 20% cotton) and don't add any chemical coatings (for waterproofing, dirt or oil repellent, etc.) that might compromise the look or texture of the fabric—it's why our slipcovers have exquisite color variation. It also makes spot-cleaning a bit risky. 

For this reason, we do not recommend spot-cleaning the Medium Weight Linen, Light Weight Linen, or Washed Cotton Linen.

Our fabrics, especially Light Weight Linen, Medium Weight Linen, and Washed Cotton Linen are susceptible to fading from over-saturation (aka soaking through the fabric while spot cleaning) or wet crocking (when friction is applied to a wet, dyed fabric). We strongly recommend a trip to the dry cleaner, or a wash in the machine vs. an attempted spot-clean. 

For our other fabric collections (Thread-Dyed Cotton Linen, Cotton Canvas, Washed Cotton Velvet, and Cotton Linen) spot-cleaning is best used as a treatment prior to washing or dry-cleaning. 

To pre-treat liquid spills (water, milk, tea, etc.) before dry-cleaning or machine washing, place a clean, white cloth onto the affected area to absorb the excess liquid. For thicker messes, use a spoon to scrape away standing spills like ketchup. Do not rub.  

Then, using another clean, white cloth, gently dab mild detergent (or enzymatic cleaner if your slipcover is white) onto the stain without soaking the fabric. We strongly suggest testing the detergent on an inconspicuous spot of the slipcover before applying it to the stain. If you're working with Light Weight Linen, Medium Weight Linen, or Washed Cotton Linen, skip this step—no detergent or extra water should be applied to the spill. 

After the spill has been pre-treated, send your slipcover to the dry cleaner or proceed with machine-washing. (We recommend dry-cleaning for stain removal.)