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If you’re someone with a passion for room decoration, you probably know very well how big of a difference the right throw pillows can make to a room’s aesthetics. These small decorative and comfortable items add visual appeal to a room. You can place them on sofas, armchairs, and even beds and floors.
Throw pillows look absolutely perfect when you first buy them. More often than not, these are placed in rooms with many people moving in and out and actually using the pillows. This means that they retain their new look not for so long. This is especially true if you have kids in the house.
While there are different types of throw pillows, they usually belong to the following main categories:
Most throw pillows come with care labels. You can find it at the right of one of the corners of your throw pillow. If it isn’t there, check at the back. In some cases, it is placed inside the zipper. The label will mention whether the pillow is “washable”, “non-washable” or “dry clean only.” By reading the label, you’ll determine how to go about washing the pillow.
In case your pillow doesn’t come with a care label, your first bet is to visit the website of the brand you pillow comes from. Chances are they have care instructions of their products listed on the website.
Here are three common methods used to wash decorative pillows:
Just like washing instructions come printed on the care-label, many manufacturers put drying instructions in there too. It is okay for the generally machine-safe fabrics like cotton or linen to be dried in a dryer.
For the more delicate fabrics like silk and other loose-knit fabrics, if the care label hasn’t specified how to dry them, it’s always best to hang them up to air dry. Or you could use the safest option of laying them flat until they’ve thoroughly dried.
Throw pillows have various uses other than being used as decoration pieces. Many individuals use them as food or laptop trays. As such, they might get some regular dirt, even if you’ve just washed them. There are many steps you can take to keep your throw pillows clean for longer. Two of them are listed below:
Use a vacuum once after a couple of weeks to remove any dirt and small debris lodged into your throw pillows.
Fill a spray bottle with some vodka and spritz some of it all over the pillows to sanitize them quickly.
It’s always recommended to wash your throw pillows every six months and perform basic cleaning tasks every couple of weeks. Since nothing in this whole process is incredibly difficult, anyone can clean decorative pillows at home. All you have to do is follow the instructions!