How To Clean Couch Cushions That Cannot Be Removed?

First, vacuum your non-removable couch cushions with a regular vacuum. Then, use a solvent-based or water-based cleaner depending on the care tag. If you see any stains, spot clean with water and soap or commercial stain remover.

Cleaning couch cushions that cannot be removed can be a pain in the butt, especially if it’s your first time cleaning non-removable cushions.

Luckily for you, I’ve created a detailed guide on how to clean non-removable cushions in different ways, so let’s dive right in and get cleaning.

How To Clean Couch Covers That Cannot Be Removed

First of all, give your non-removable cushions a good beating.

The covers aren’t removable, but you can probably remove the cushions, so take each cushion out and spank them outdoors.

This is a great way to remove dust and debris. If they’re also non-removable, skip this part and proceed with the other steps.

Method 1: Use a Vacuum Cleaner

If your non-removable couch cushions need a general clean, then you can use your regular vacuum cleaner.

Most vacuum cleaners include upholstery attachments so you can use one if you have it for cleaning your cushions.

A strong vacuum cleaner can easily remove any hair, fur, or dirt from your covers. Once you’re done, using a damp cleaning sponge that has been soaked in a small amount of detergent, give your cushions a quick wipe down.

Wrap up the cleaning process with Febreze or some other air freshener product that will make your cushions smell lovely.

Method 2: Try a Steam Cleaner

If you haven’t cleaned your non-removable couch cushions for a while, they’re likely in desperate need of a deep clean.

You can either rent or purchase a steam cleaner for this task. If you decide to rent one, visit local hardware stores or look online for local suppliers.

I love steam cleaners because they use heat to deodorize and sanitize, so you can be 100% sure you’re getting a deep clean without discoloring your pillows.

Keep in mind that after the cleaning process, your cushions will be slightly damp, so you will need to let them air dry or place a portable fan to speed up the drying process.

A steam cleaner is a very versatile handy tool that’s suitable for cleaning different types of furniture. Therefore, while you have it, consider cleaning your whole couch as well as your carpets. You will be impressed by the final results.

Method 3: Spot-Clean Small Stains

Spills in the living space usually result in stained cushions and if you have couch pillows that aren’t removable, cleaning stains can be tiring.

But that doesn’t mean you should let the spills settle in your cushions. Tackle any spills as soon as you notice them. That way, you will prevent them from drying.

The cleaning manner and product you can use will depend on the stain and fabric. First, lift any remaining solids with a spoon. Then, using a dry clean towel blot the stain.

Lastly, using a clean towel slightly dampened in cold water, gently dab the stains on the cover. Never rub or press hard on the stains as this can make things worse.

Once you’re done, follow the next steps and continue cleaning accordingly.

Check the Care Label

You can easily find the care label under one of the cushions or at the back of the couch. Different fabrics require different types of cleaners, so you should always check the care label before you proceed with cleaning.

Some cushions require water-based cleaning products while others need solvent-based cleaners. Moreover, before cleaning any stain on your cushions, always make a test on a small hidden patch of your cushions.

Use Water-Based Cleaners

If the care label says W or S/W, it means you can use water-based products.

When cleaning stains and spills, you can use mild dish soap and lukewarm water. Then, using a sponge or paper towels, gently remove the stains.

If the dish soap and water cleaning solution doesn’t work, then you can use some more active cleaning products such as baking soda.

Mix baking soda and lukewarm water and use the solution to lift any greasy stains. Let it sit for a while before you rinse it with a clean cloth or towel dampened in water.

You can also try vinegar and water. Mix equal parts of vinegar and lukewarm water and clean your cushions with a clean cloth.

Vinegar doesn’t usually damage fabric but if you aren’t certain whether the fabric will discolor, make a small test on a hidden patch. If you don’t see any changes, proceed with cleaning.

Use Solvent-Based Cleaners

If the care label says S, you can use solvent-based cleaners only. Water shouldn’t take part in the cleaning process.

When using solvent-based cleaners make sure the room is properly ventilated. You can make the cleaning process much easier with a good air compressor. You can either rent or borrow one from a friend.

First, apply the solvent-based solution to your non-removable cushions, then use the air compressor. Let your cushions air dry with open windows or use a portable fan.

Method 4: Confront Stubborn Stains

If you don’t remove fresh spills immediately, they will eventually dry out and settle in the fabric of your cushions.

And guess what? Cleaning old tough stains can become a real nightmare. Some natural cleaners such as the following can make the whole cleaning process easier so definitely take a look and take notes.

Ink Stains

You can easily clean ink stains with rubbing alcohol. I suggest using 90% alcohol for the best results.

Dab the stains with a clean cloth until they’re completely removed. If you don’t have alcohol on hand, a solution of vinegar, water, and soap will do the trick.

Oily Stains

Sprinkle oily stains with some cornstarch and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then, using a clean damp cloth remove excess cornstarch. You can also vacuum your cushions for even better results.

Chewing Gum

Chewing gum might seem impossible to clean, but ice can successfully remove it. Rub the ice until the chewing gum falls off. It’s that simple.

Delicate Fabrics

If your non-removable cushions consist of delicate fabrics like leather, silk, vinyl, satin, or other fabric that isn’t linen or cotton, then you should consider hiring a professional. Otherwise, you risk ruining your couch cushions.

Method 5: Deodorize Your Cushions

If you haven’t cleaned your couch cushions for a long time or some older stains were smelly and now your pillows release a foul odor, don’t worry. You can easily deodorize your pillows with common household products or commercial deodorizers.

Baking Soda and Water

Mix the ingredients in a small bowl and make a paste, then apply it to your pillows. Let it sit for about 15 minutes before you rinse it with a wet towel until the residue is removed. You can also use a commercial fabric deodorizing spray like Febreze.

White Vinegar and Water

You can also deodorize your pillows with vinegar and water. Mix equal parts of the two ingredients in a clean spray bottle, then lightly spray your cushions.

If you’re worried about discoloration or any other damage, make a quick test on a small area. Vinegar can neutralize alkaline odors since it’s acetic acid, so you shouldn’t spray too much to yield results.

Once you’re done, let your cushions air dry or use a fan. 

How to Maintain Non-Removable Couch Cushions

Proper and regular maintenance can make the future cleaning process much easier, so make sure you vacuum your cushions regularly (once a week).

If possible use a steam cleaner at least once a month and tackle any spills immediately. Moreover, don’t use any abrasive cleaning products that can cause discoloration or any other damage to your pillows, especially if they’re made of delicate materials.

If you’re not certain what type of material your furniture is made of, look for the care tag and see if it says. If there’s none, hire a professional cleaning service.

FAQs On How To Clean Couch Covers That Cannot Be Removed

How to Clean Outdoor Cushions?

You can easily clean waterproof outdoor cushions with lukewarm water, dishwashing 1 teaspoon of dishwashing soap, and 1 tablespoon of Borax. Using a sponge, scrub your cushions with this solution and let it sit for about 15 minutes before you rinse.

How to Remove Stains From Outdoor Cushions?

If you have spilled something on your outdoor pillows or you want to clean tough stains, you can remove it with some vinegar and water or baking soda and water. First, remove as much residue as possible with a spoon, then spot clean with a cleaning solution.

How to Maintain Outdoor Cushions?

Outdoor cushions consist of more durable and usually waterproof materials and fabrics. So, you can use a soft-bristled brush to remove any dirt and debris in a circular motion. Don’t scrub the fabric too much or too hard to prevent any damage.

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