How to Clean Denim Slipcovers

by S.R. Becker

Denim isn't just for jeans anymore. This heavy cotton fabric provides the same durability when used for making slipcovers. Denim slipcovers are ideal for high-traffic rooms and families with children or pets. When it's time to wash your denim slipcover, it's important to prevent shrinking and uneven fading. Washing all your denim slipcovers and pillow covers at once helps ensure even fading. Of course, using the right washing technique also helps keep your denim slipcovers looking good as new.

1 Remove the slipcover and all its accessory covers, such as the cases of throw pillows. Take the covers outdoors and shake them out.

2 Check the slipcover for stains and tears. Mend tears immediately by patching or sewing them closed, or take them to a tailor to have them repaired. Tears in denim can fray when washed.

3 Spot-treat any stains with laundry detergent or pre-treatment spray. Allow the stain remover to work for 30 minutes.

4 Fill a washing machine with cold water and a detergent designed to resist fading, such as a detergent specifically for dark colors. For extra cleansing without fading, add a scoop of oxygen bleach. Set the machine on the gentle cycle. Add the slipcover and other covers to the load and start the machine.

5 Hang the slipcover outdoors to dry if possible. If you must put it in the dryer, use the no-heat cycle to prevent shrinkage.

Items you will need

  • Laundry detergent for colors
  • Oxygen bleach (optional)
  • Pre-treatment spray (optional)

Tips

  • Always test pre-treatment sprays and stain removers on an inconspicuous area of the slipcover before applying them to visible spots.
  • If your slipcover wrinkles in the wash, try putting it back on the couch first, then smoothing the wrinkles with a clothing steamer. This is much easier than attempting to iron the slipcover on an ironing board.
  • Put the slipcover back on the furniture while still slightly damp to prevent over-drying and shrinkage.