I have a new couch. It's lovely. I have an old dog who is becoming increasingly incontinent. You can see where this is going. So I spot cleaned the cushion, blotted it like I was supposed to & sprayed some enzyme cleaner on it, but it still smells. I know I'm not supposed to throw the cushion covers in the washing machine, but WHY? What will happen to them? I recently washed fake suede microfibre cushions (or they might have been ultrasuede, I really don't know), and they're fine, but I didn't care about those cushions (and they were so thrashed that, really, I couldn't have ruined them any more than they were already). These are different though. They're soft and have a corduroy look to them. Anyone done this? Can I please learn from your experience?
Why *can't* I wash microfibre cushion covers in the machine?
I've washed a microfiber before. Just don't dry it in the dryer. And make sure you use a gentle cycle.
I've had good luck with the enzyme cleaners that you pour right onto a cushion and saturate. It takes a few days to dry, but it leaves the furniture just like new. I've done it with an upholstered chair and my dd's mattress.
i think the problem with washing microfibre is if you wash them with anything else and not by themselves. they tend to attract pills/fiber/hair and whatever will stick to them. i know this from a pair of pants that washed beautifully despite the label until they were thrown in with other stuff. it made such a mess they had to get recycled. glad you had success with your cushions though!