Monday, May 14, 2012

How I Am Cleaning The Couch After The Fire!

My daughter April's, couch had soot all over it, so I am trying to clean it up.  I took all the cushions off of the couch and am washing them by hand.  The bottom cushions had zippers in the back, so I unzipped them and removed them and put them in the washing machine.  I filled the washer with water and then I washed them by hand in the washing machine.  I was then able to drain the water out and I spun it on light just enough to remove most of the water and then put them on the line to dry.  They came out beautifully! Then I just put them back on the cushions and zipped them up.

Now the pillows, which this couch has 11, is taking more work.  I had to take out the stitching where the stuffing had been added.  I pulled out all of the stuffing and had washed the pillow cover and line dryed it.  Then I restuffed, but the stuffing looked lumpy in the pillow.  This looked awful, I wasn't quite sure what to do next, so I started to pull the stuffing apart into teeny, tiny pieces.  Here is a picture of the stuffing volume before I pulled it apart and then after I pulled it apart.

After doing the whole basket full this way and restuffing the pillow, it made such a lofty difference.  Her pillows were starting to look tired and flat.  Now they look just like when she bought the couch.  The pillow is fat and full.  It took a little more work, but was well worth it.  The pillow is now about twice the size it was and no more lumps.  Here are pictures, I hope you can see the difference.

I learned something in this experience and thought maybe someone might want to spring clean their couch also!  Try these tips!
Author - Cynthia Dickerson