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Washing fabric upholstery by darbysan
Started on: 01-22-2015 06:41 PM
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Report this Post01-22-2015 06:41 PM Click Here to See the Profile for darbysanClick Here to Email darbysanSend a Private Message to darbysanEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Bought some used cloth seat upholstery, and before I begin installing was wondering if I could (or should) run them through a gentle wash cycle in the washing machine. I know I can clean them after the install, so just curious if this might be a better approach.

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Report this Post01-22-2015 06:51 PM Click Here to See the Profile for hnthompsClick Here to Email hnthompsSend a Private Message to hnthompsEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I ran a set of 88 Beechwood seat covers through a washing machine on gentle a couple of years ago. I let them air dry and they looked pretty decent. I managed to sell them to another PFF member after the wash job and have not had any complaints from him.

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Report this Post01-22-2015 06:58 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Gall757Send a Private Message to Gall757Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I am reminded of the car-guy who cleaned his hub caps in the dishwasher. The lady of the house was not impressed. Maybe you don't have that problem, or you use the laundromat.
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Report this Post01-23-2015 12:21 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Lou6t4gtoClick Here to Email Lou6t4gtoSend a Private Message to Lou6t4gtoEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I've washed a few sets without problem.
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Report this Post01-23-2015 12:34 PM Click Here to See the Profile for jaskispyderSend a Private Message to jaskispyderEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Washed a set in the home machine. No problem.
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If you have one of the newer washers without an agitator, go for it. I washed what appeared to be a good set in a regular washer and it tore up one of the backs. Since, we have replaced that washer with an agitator-less model and I washed a pair of Saddle Tan covers that were so filthy with hair oil and hair spray on the headrest that they looked chocolate brown. They came out looking like a new pair and without damage.
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Originally posted by fierofool:

If you have one of the newer washers without an agitator, go for it. I washed what appeared to be a good set in a regular washer and it tore up one of the backs. Since, we have replaced that washer with an agitator-less model and I washed a pair of Saddle Tan covers that were so filthy with hair oil and hair spray on the headrest that they looked chocolate brown. They came out looking like a new pair and without damage.


If someone is concerned about this, place the covers in a large pillow case and pin close.

I didn't have any issues with the agitator, but it was on gentle cycle.
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Report this Post01-23-2015 07:34 PM Click Here to See the Profile for darbysanClick Here to Email darbysanSend a Private Message to darbysanEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Thanks for all the replies. Think I will give it a try. I'll post back with the results. May be a week or two- still awaiting arrival.
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Report this Post01-24-2015 10:09 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Shho13Click Here to Email Shho13Send a Private Message to Shho13Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I'd do it... Definitely wouldn't use the dryer though just in case of shrinkage or something! I doubt they are made of cotton and would do so, but better safe than sorry I guess!

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Report this Post01-24-2015 11:42 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Lou6t4gtoClick Here to Email Lou6t4gtoSend a Private Message to Lou6t4gtoEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I re-installed them Damp, so if they were going to shrink at all, it would be a perfect, tight fit to the seat
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Report this Post01-25-2015 12:53 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Shho13Click Here to Email Shho13Send a Private Message to Shho13Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
That was a great idea! Must have smelled like fabric softener in there for awhile!

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Originally posted by Lou6t4gto:

I re-installed them Damp, so if they were going to shrink at all, it would be a perfect, tight fit to the seat


best idea.....

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Report this Post01-27-2015 07:07 PM Click Here to See the Profile for PonnariSend a Private Message to PonnariEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I've cleaned all of mine using a Bissell carpet cleaning machine with the upholstery attachment. No need to remove from car or take covers off seats. Use cold water, 50% Woolite Delicate Care liquid soap and mix in 50% Oxi Clean Laundry Stain Remover liquid. Then rinse with cold water and extract. They come out almost dry and look great!

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