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How to Clean Your Pottery Barn Slipcovered Sofa

How I Keep the Most Durable, Kid-Friendly Sofa Looking Like New

Find out what my husband secretly did to clean our white Pottery Barn slipcovered sofas. At first, I was horrified but then it forever changed the way I clean them. I'll show you, step-by-step, how I now clean our white slipcovered sofas.

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By now you probably know how much I love our Pottery Barn white sofas. I love that they allow me to change the living room decor with just a couple of inexpensive throw pillows. I’m a big fan of color, so having white sofas allows me to use so many different colors in my decor, and not be committed to just one! You can read more about this in my post Why White Is the Best Choice When You Love Decorating With Color.

So why would I have white couches with a house full of kids and pets? (Don’t ask who makes a bigger mess!)

When people see our white couches they always think we’re nuts since we have 5 kids and too many pets to count! Well, we are a bit nuts, but that’s another story. As for having white slipcovered couches, it’s genius if you ask me!

The key is they are slipcovered.

Every single visible part is washable!  Another important fact is they are high-quality sofas.

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Now, I know that Pottery Barn may not be within everyone’s budget, but I really feel that buying quality furniture for your home is a good investment and it can actually save you money in the long run. Every single piece of Pottery Barn furniture we own has performed tremendously well in our home of 7 (plus pets!) We used to have to switch out furniture every couple of years until we decided to just buy quality things that would last, even if it meant getting them little by little.

Keeping My Sofas Clean & Pretty

Everything I use to keep my slipcovered sofa looking beautiful.

The Slipcovered Sofa

I have two of the Pottery Barn Comfort Roll Arm Slipcovered Sofas in Warm White Denim. Like I mentioned above, I realize that these are not budget couches. It took me quite a while to save up for these beauties but I feel this is a case where you definitely get what you pay for. They are very well constructed and extremely sturdy. Plus, they can be washed!! These are the kind of couches that will last a lifetime.

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All the couches I’ve had in the past were from big box furniture stores and they’d only last for a few years before either breaking or being so filthy that you’d feel gross just sitting on them. The fact that I can wash my couches is just amazing!!

If you’re in the market for a slipcovered couch but Pottery Barn is not quite in your budget, there are other options available. I know that both IKEA and Birch Lane have more affordable options. I can’t vouch for how well theses sofas hold up since I’ve never had them but I have heard a few people mention that they love theirs.

Cleaning The Slipcover

Here are the items that I use to clean my sofas:

  • For the tough stains that require spot treatment, I use my go-to stain remover. It really does work well. My son got a bloody nose a few nights ago and got blood all over his brand new pajama. I treated the stains with this stain remover and it took the stains right out.
  • To remove pet hair, my vacuum has a nifty pet hair removal attachment.
  • I use this fresh meadow scented bleach to get my sofas looking brand new again. Word of Warning: read the entire post before attempting to use bleach on any slipcover. The method I use works for me but I cannot recommend it for anyone else. I am posting it for informational purposes only and if you decide to use it, you’ll be doing so at your own risk.
  • For even more stain-fighting power, I wash the slipcovers with Tide 10x Heavy Duty liquid laundry detergent.
  • I also use a few sheets of this fabric softener while the covers are drying in the dryer so they feel soft and smell clean and fresh.
Making A Slipcovered Sofa Look Pretty

The best thing about these slipcover couches is that you can spruce them up and change the look of your entire living room by adding a few decorative throw pillows. You can always find the perfect pillow for any season. There are always tons of beautiful budget-friendly throw pillows at one of my favorite shopping spots.

Don’t forget to add a throw also. A throw is a great way to add even more color to your couches. I keep an assortment of colorful throws on hand and switch them out periodically.

Now back to the sofas!

I always get asked if they’re easy to clean and take care of. They are white, so yes, they do get stains and they do get grimy. The beautiful thing is those stains and grime can be washed out! Since I get so many questions about the couches and how I keep them clean, I’ve been wanting to show you how I do it. Well, after this summer the couches were in dire need of a good cleaning! So I documented the whole thing so you can see how I clean my PB slipcovered couches.

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How The Slipcovers Looked After Eight Months of Grime

Down below, you can see Exhibit A, also known as Luna. Luna was quite shy and skittish when we first got her. She was scared when approached by anyone and she certainly wouldn’t dare climb on a couch when she first came into our home. Well, it seems we may have made her feel a little too comfortable and at home, and lately, this is what we come to when we walk downstairs in the morning! A quick “Luna!” from me and she quickly gets off, but of course, the damage has been done, after sleeping like a princess on my white couch all night.

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Luna likes to sneak onto the sofas in the middle of the night. I don’t blame her, they’re so comfy.

This little gem below had me worried. This stain came from a plant that is sitting close to the couch. Surprisingly enough, the plant is still alive, which is a miracle since I kill plants.

That’s my hobby apparently… Killing plants.

Hey, I have 5 kids and they’re all still alive, so I’m doing something right. Can’t win ’em all!

Anyways, the stain looked like it was going to be a tough one!!

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A nasty looking spot on the arm of the sofa.

You can really appreciate the griminess (is that a word?) in this photo. That’s about 8 months of grime right there. Yuck!!

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What 8 months of sweaty, dirty, stinky kids rolling around on my sofas looks like. Very gross!

Before I finished cleaning all the covers, I wanted to make sure and show you the huge difference in color between a clean cover and a not so clean one. So read on to see how I went from grimy to sparkling clean!

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Wow! What a big difference between the clean cushion and the cover draped over it.

Washing Pottery Barn Slipcovers

I must put a disclaimer in here: Pottery Barn has specific instructions on how to care for their slipcovered couches.

I don’t follow them to a “t”, I know I’m a rebel!

How You’re Supposed To Wash Your Pottery Barn Slipcovers

So, if you want to be absolutely sure they won’t get messed up, you’ll definitely want to follow their advice. I’m sharing with you what I do to clean them, it has worked for a few years and I’ve never had a problem. But like I said, I don’t do exactly what Pottery Barn recommends, because I’ve had to get rid of some tough stains that just weren’t budging with their recommendations. You can read the Pottery Barn recommendations below:

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OMG! My Hubby Bleached My Couch! And How It Changed the Way I Wash My Slipcovers

I usually wash our slipcovers every few months. By that point, they are usually pretty gross. I had used the cleaning method above numerous times with great results. However, we’ve had some extended periods of craziness around the house for the last couple of years and there have been times where I didn’t get around to washing the slipcover and cushion covers for over 6 months.

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My daughter loves finding her spot on the couch to watch her favorite shows in the afternoon.

Just picture those beautiful white couches being used as a kid playground and pet bed for six months and you can imagine how they looked. The amount of smudge and dirt build-up was excessive.

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I don’t allow eating on the couches but Jacob can be sneaky sometimes.

After this unusually long period of neglect we, again, used the suggested cleaning method from Pottery Barn but some of the stains remained. It was just too much gunk for a normal washing to get out. I was a little bummed but put the slipcovers back on because the remaining smudges were minimal and could be easily hidden by flipping a cushion or strategically placing a throw.

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The big boys will sometimes crash on the couch for hours after a long night of video games.

The next time the couches were washed, it had been yet another long period of neglect and there were even more significant stains. This time I was dealing with a big chocolate smudge, a muddy shoe print and several other unidentified, nasty looking stains. My hubby said he was going to try soaking them for a while to loosen the stains before washing. What I didn’t know is that he had secretly soaked them in bleach. Gasp!! He knew I would have freaked out had I known before seeing the finished result.

How did they turn out?

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My Pottery Barn slipcovers after a bleaching.

They turned out amazing!!!

They looked brand new. Now, this is the only way I wash them. I’m not recommending this method by any means, and if you do follow this method you are doing so at your own risk. All I know is that this is what works best for me. Our couches are Denim in Warm White. I have no idea how this would turn out for other slipcover materials.

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The denim material is very sturdy and has held up well to this cleaning process. I’m always a little hesitant when using the bleach on my slipcovers but I haven’t noticed anything negative with this process, no rusting around the zipper or blotchy spots in the fabric. After bleaching them, the slipcovers do come out a little whiter than the original Warm White, which I actually prefer. Of course, all I have to do is wait for a couple of weeks of gunk build-up from the kids and Luna and I have Warm White slipcovers again!

How I Wash My Pottery Barn Slipcovers

Word of Warning: As I mentioned before, the method I use works for me but I cannot recommend it to anyone else. I am posting it for informational purposes only and if you decide to use it, you’ll be doing so at your own risk.

So, here’s the process I use, step-by-step:

Spot Cleaning and Removing the Slipcovers

First, I thoroughly vacuum up any pet (and human) hair from the cushions. I also lift the cushions and take care of all the hidden goodies like all the remnants left over from snacking sessions with Goldfish, M&Ms and a variety of cookies, crackers, and chips. I usually will uncover a long-lost lego or other toys we’ve been searching for for months. The point is, I want all the covers as clean as I can get them before removing them to be soaked (I don’t want a bunch of crumbs and hair floating around in the water).

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Vacuuming pet hair, dirt and crumbs and all the grossness that gets lost under the cushions.

Second, I spot treat any really tough spots with Shout Triple-Acting Stain Remover Spray. This is the stain I had mentioned came from a plant that is sitting next to the couch.

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Spot cleaning tough stains.

Third, I remove all of the covers and stack all the cushions on the couch.

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Removing the slipcover.
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The slipcover and all the cushion covers are removed and ready to be cleaned.

Soaking the Slipcovers and Cushion Covers

I then fill the tub with 16 gallons of hot water.

Quick Tip

How to Easily Measure Water in a Tub

You may be asking: How do I easily figure out how much water I need in my tub so that it equals 16 gallons?

Here’s how:

  • Grab a 1-gallon pitcher or jug.
  • Fully open the faucet. (Since I filled the tub with hot water, I did the measurement with only the hot water side of the faucet open)
  • With a stopwatch or the timer on your phone, time how long it takes to fill up the pitcher.
  • However long that takes, multiply that number by 16 and you will have the amount of time necessary to fill your tub with 16 gallons of water.

In my case, it took 15 seconds to fill a 1-gallon container. So, I had to leave the faucet on for a total of 4 minutes to fill the tub with 16 gallons of water.

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Filling the tub with 16 gallons of water.

I add 1 gallon of bleach to the water (a 16:1 water to bleach ratio).

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This is a 2-quart bottle of bleach in the photo. I used two of them to give me a gallon.

So that there are not too many pieces soaking in the tub at one time, I split everything up into 4 groups.

  1. First, I place only the cushion covers of the first couch in the tub.
  2. After those have soaked for a few hours, I remove them and then take them to the laundry room to be washed and dried.
  3. I then add the couch slipcover for the first couch to the tub and let it soak for a few hours as well.
  4. After I remove the couch cover for the first couch and take it to the laundry room, I then start the same process for the second couch.
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Placing the cushion covers in the tub. I always make sure to wear protective gloves when dealing with harsh chemicals like bleach.

I make sure to fully submerge everything.

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Pushing the covers down into the water so that they are fully submerged.

I let each group of covers soak for 3 to 4 hours, moving them around periodically. After an hour or so, I switch everything up by placing the top cover on the bottom and jostling everything around really well. This ensures that everything is getting a good soak.

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These cushion covers have been soaking for a few hours and are just about ready to be removed.

Washing and Drying the Slipcovers and Cushion Covers

I then remove the covers from the tub, ring them out a bit and bring them in a laundry basket downstairs to the laundry room to be placed in the washer.

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Placing the cushion covers in the washer.

I make sure to unfurl the covers and zip up the zippers so that they get fully washed.

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All the cushion covers for one couch are ready to be washed. Oops!! I forgot to zip them up this time but it didn’t cause a problem.

I add the liquid detergent and also add more bleach to the receptacle in the washer filling it to the MAX line.

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Filling the bleach receptacle to the MAX line.

I then set the washer’s water temperature to HOT. Yes, you read that correctly.

Yikes! Will the covers shrink? Find out below.

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These slipcovers were heavily soiled so I set the washer to a Heavy Soil Level and Hot Wash Temp. In my experience, the denim does not shrink with the hot water.

Once out of the washer, I set the covers to dry using the sensor on my LG dryer. The sensor always turns the dryer off before the slipcovers are fully dry. I’m not sure if this is an issue with my dryer but it works out perfectly because I need the covers to be slightly damp when placing them back on the sofas.

I explain why below.

Placing the Slipcovers Back on the Sofas

Like I mentioned above, the covers are slightly damp when I take them out of the dryer. Placing the covers back on the couch when they are slightly damp will prevent them from wrinkling so much.

So, did they shrink? 

I’m always afraid that the slipcovers may end up shrinking in the hot water but the denim always holds up well. The fit is always perfect.

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Placing the clean slipcover back on the sofa.

And voila!!!

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As usual, the couches came out looking beautiful. No more grime and that ugly spot from the plant disappeared.

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No more unsightly spot on the arm of the sofa.
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Now, it’s time to for the fun part! Start decorating!

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So there you have it! That’s how I clean my couches! I imagine there’s a person from Pottery Barn reading my blog post and crying because I soak my covers in bleach and then on top of that, I have the audacity to wash them in hot water!

I’ve had the couches for years, if I wasn’t washing them like this, then they would be ruined because of all the stains on them. So I was willing to take a chance because I really couldn’t lose! Who knows, they may start falling apart in a few years because of the bleach, but like I said, they already were looking pretty yucky!

Would I wash them like this if they were brand new? Probably not.

I’d probably wait until they reached a point of do-or-die. In any case, my apologies to Pottery Barn for rebelling against their cleaning instructions!

I hope you found this post helpful in some way! Do you have slipcovered couches? I’d love to hear how you clean them in the comments below!

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  • Caryn Riley says:

    Before I wash with your method, I have a question. Is there a difference in the TWILL covers or Denim?

    • Hi Caryn! This comment fell through the cracks so I’m just now seeing it. Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer for you. They are similar but I’m not sure if they require different care.

  • Carolyn says:

    Do you also take off and wash the white undercover that comes off as well as the slip Cover?

    • Hi Carolyn! I’m not sure what you’re referring to. You can see one of the pics above what my couches look while I’m washing the covers. Maybe now they have an extra cover that mine doesn’t? On mine, I remove everything that is removable if that makes sense.

  • Brittany says:

    Okay so I got this same type of couch as a hand me down. We LOVE it. But HATE the indigo color of the denim. It’s splotchy and faded. I can’t find how to buy another color cover (we have a build your own sectional version) and I’m thinking of intentionally bleaching the whole thing and then dyeing it. Think it will work? 😂😭

    • Hi Brittany! That would be scary but if you’re completely done with the cover you own then maybe it’s worth a try. Have you contacted the manufacturer about a replacement cover? Good luck! Let me know how it goes!

    • Dom says:

      We have this couch and we replaced the cover with the Grandin Road Clara couch cover. It was around $350, much better than buying a replacement cover from Pottery Barn.

  • Jill says:

    A Pottery Barn sofa with a white cover is my dream. I have a non-PB chair and ottoman I bought second hand years ago. I had a PB style slipcover made with a canvas fabric I bought at an estate sale. The cover has been washed and dried so many times and there are stains that are just not coming out. I am going to try this method and see how it goes. I have nothing to lose! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Roz says:

    I have the same couch, but I always have a hard time getting the slip covers back on. I wash in cold water dry for 20 minutes then air dry. I think that have shrunk some. Luckily denim stretches.

  • Gloria says:

    Hi Valerie, Thank you for your helpful post! I have my cushion covers soaking in the bathtub right now. Question – do you replace the water & bleach for each batch, or do you use the same same/bleach for successive batches?

  • Doreen says:

    Hi Valerie! Can you put starch in the wash so the slipcovers remain like when they were new.

  • Annie says:

    THANK YOU! I was just about to spend hundreds for a new slipcover that would just maybe fit when I saw this post and thought I would give it a go. Our loveseat is at least 10 years old and has been a dog “bed” for years and I was eager to revive it. It was GROSS. We have a Speed Queen top loader, so I did the soaking in there. Two cushions needed double soaking because I think they were too squished to soak properly. I used super hot water and nothing shrunk and everything is amazingly perfect and somehow spotless. THANK YOU!

  • Robin says:

    Valerie, I just read your article and had planned on washing mine when I read the PB tag that said Don’t Remove the covers to wash them, have them professionally cleaned. My covers are also 100% cotton, but my sofas are the York Sloped Arm….100% cotton, I’m thinking of going ahead with it…..

    • Hi Robin! That is strange that it would say that on a slipcover. They even have a care guide for them on their website and when purchasing them they say machine washable. I wonder if you have a different material that wasn’t washable?? You may want to call PB about it and see what they say. Thanks for stopping by!

  • vicky armstrong says:

    I too have covers for my sofa. What is the capacity of your LG washer and dryer? I am purchasing new appliances and up till now have gone to a laundry mat to clean…….

    • Hi Vicky! I looked up my washer, it’s an LG, and it’s 3.6 cu ft. I usually wash the big cover separately, and then the seat cushion covers with the back cushion covers. The model of my washer is WM2650HWA in case that helps. Thanks for stopping by!

  • bob says:

    What is your thought about Scotchgarding new sofa with slipcovers prior to using?

    • Hi Bob! I have never Scotchguarded a new couch so I couldn’t give you my opinion on it. Sorry I couldn’t be more help!

      • Lisa Seatle says:

        I pretreated all my stained and grimy areas and then washed on warm with an additional rinse. I added 2 scoops of powdered Oxiclean to each load. I dried them on low heat and put back on slightly damp. I did scotch guard everything once they were dry.
        They’ve held up really well for months. Seems the armrests get dirty faster then the rest of the sofas. I wish they had separate slip covers for them.

  • Carole Carlson says:

    Do you think this method will “bleach” my very faded yellow slip covers? I’m contemplating trying to make them any shade of white. I have a love seat, arm chair and armless chair that have lived many places with varying amounts of sun beating down on them; some are more faded than others.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Carole! I would say only use this method as a last resort. My covers were warm white and after this, they did turn white. That being said, I don’t know what would happen with yellow covers. If you’re ready for new ones and just want to give it one last go, then you could consider trying it. Thanks for stopping by!

    • JKelley says:

      Have you tried Borax? It really whitens things up!

  • Lynn says:

    Wow, thank you!! I have tried many other things to try to get stains out but this worked. I was so over it that I was going to get rid of my couches because new covers cost as much as a new couch elsewhere.

  • kw says:

    Did you bleach the Pottery Barn warm white? I want to get Pottery Barn couches but the denim on their site only says “warm white” not a pure white. Just curious.

    • Hi there! I only bleached it after having it for several years and when the regular cleaning steps suggested no longer worked. It is warm white, but of course, once bleached, it will be whiter. Bleaching is a last resort for when regular cleaning no longer does the job and you want to get more years of life out of the covers. Hope this helps!

  • Teresa says:

    Hi Valerie, Thank you Thank you, for this post!!!! It’s always been my dream to own a white couch but, I was always too afraid to even consider it. Reading your blog made me take the leap! I bought the PB carlisle slipcovered sofa, chair and, ottoman in denim warm white and. I LOVE them! (Pottery Barn should give you a huge discount on your next purchase IMO). I’m wondering if you have/will buy white slipcovered sofas next time; and how often you washed yours compared to how often you felt they needed washing?

    • Hi Teresa! I’m so happy the post was helpful! Mine are finally on their last leg after almost 7 years of abuse! We definitely need new covers, and they will probably be white again! Though my kids are older and make fewer messes, we still have dogs who like to jump on them once in a while. Being able to wash them has been key! I used to like to keep them spotless, so if they had a stain or if they were looking grayish I’d wash them normally. After a few years I started doing the deeper cleaning I described above. Right now, they look pretty bad because I don’t wash them as often because they have some tears. We are definitely ready for new ones but as you know, they’re not inexpensive, so we’re holding out as much as possible. Thank you for stopping by the blog!

  • Victoria says:

    My chair covers are the oatmeal ticking. I have washed them a million times and always added a little bleach and they come out fine. This time, thanks to my husband dropping a spoonful of black raspberry sorbet on the bottom cushion I used a high powered stain remover and again, a little bleach. Evidently the combination the two was a bad thing because now my oatmeal ticking looks like orange sherbet ticking. Any suggestions? I am desperate as Pottery Barn has discontinued this color.

    • Hi Victoria! I’m so sorry your covers are now orange! I assume you’ve washed it again after the color change? To see if it’ll wash out. Maybe you can soak it. I do hope you can recover the original color. My covers are on their way out and need to be changed very soon. After years of use and abuse, they have several holes in them. I’m using strategically placed throws to cover them!

  • Rachel says:

    Hello! I have a PB sofa and chair in warm white denim. I have never washed them because I was waiting to get a new washer (my old one was an agitator and I was concerned it might do damage to the slipcover). We sold our house and left our old washer and dryer for the new owners (yay! I get a new one once we move into our new home.) My question is what is the capacity of your LG washer? It usually tells you the cubic foot capacity or the model number when you open the door. I’m afraid of purchasing a washing machine that will not give me enough room to wash my slipcovers! My whole choice in washing machine is revolving around (pun intended) being able to clean my PB slipcovers! Thank you for any help with this!

    • Hi Rachel! My LG washer is 4.1 cu. ft. It says Large capacity in the model name, but I’ve seen way bigger ones now! Mine are getting old and I think we’ll be getting new ones soon as well! My model number is LG WM2650HWA just in case it helps. Congrats on the new home, exciting times!! Thanks for stopping by!

  • taryn says:

    I too have the roll arm pottery barn slipcovered sofa and oversized chair. We have only had for five years and have not had the same luck. The fabric is stained, pulled and zipper seam has torn. Has anyone found a cheaper version of slipcovers to purchase? The PB ones are almost as much a new furniture set. Thanks.

  • Darlene says:

    Thanks for this. I used your method on my 13 year old Jennifer Convertibles slip cover sofa bed. It worked so great. I have a bit of shadow of a couple of stains but hardly noticeable. And not bad considering it had only been washed once before (which did nothing really) in all this time. It’s like a new sofa. Saved me $700 for a replacement cover. White denim cover not cheap. Thanks again.

    • Hi Darlene!! So happy to hear this worked for you! My couch covers unfortunately finally gave in, and one of them has a big rip on the arm. I’m just covering it up with a throw for now until we can get new ones! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Amy says:


    Thanks for your post! I am thinking about getting pottery barn slip covered sofas.

    I’m curious, does the fabric under the slip cover match? If not, what upholstery fabric is used?

    Best Wishes,

    • Hi Amy! The material under the slipcovers is just a very basic fabric. It’s kind of cream colored. You can see it in a few of the pictures above. It’s definitely not meant to be used without the slipcovers. Hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Renee says:

    Hi Valerie! I’ve used your method a number of times with much success. But I do have a pickle tonight. Red wine spilled on an arm and seat cushion of my warm white denim sofa! I’ve done the blotting, salt and baking soda methods, and now attempting the OxiClean method. No scrubbing per se, and I’m not having much luck. Any tips? Thanks in advance, Renee

    • Hi Renee!! Uggh red wine!! Did you try shout already? A little bleach? My last resort would be a throw blanket strategically placed! One of my covers now has a rip on the arm so I had to put a throw on it! I hope you’re able to remove the stain! Keep me posted.

    • Maryellen says:

      Peroxide and dawn dish detergent. I believe equal parts. You can google it! Workes like a charm!

  • Roz says:

    Thank you so much for this information I have the same couch but on the bottom of my chair it says do not wash slip covers of course I do but it’s really hard to get back on I don’t dry them .
    Thank you so much for this information I really appreciate it and glad I found it on Google.

  • Jo says:

    Hi! We are getting our white pb comfort grand sofas delivered soon. I’m super excited and so nervous all at the same time. I’ve never owned a slipcovered or a white sofa before. I have two kids. One is under one. Any tips on how often I should wash them? Do you try removing small stains without throwing the entire slipcover in the wash? I don’t plan on bleaching them until it’s really necessary. Thanks so much for all of the useful info!

    • Hi Jo! How exciting! You’ll love the sofas! The slipcovers have been life savers! I definitely agree, don’t bleach them until you absolutely must. Once in a while, I will try to remove a stain without washing the whole thing. Usually works fine if the couches have recently been washed. If they haven’t been washed in a while then if I try to spot clean, it’s very obvious where I spot cleaned because the rest of the couch is already a different color from grime. Hope you enjoy your new sofas!! Thanks for stopping by!

      • Kelly says:

        Hi Valerie! Loved all of your tips and tricks. I just purchased a new couch in performance twill in warm white and having problems already! With a dark haired large dog who loves to jump all over it 🙂 question, what are yo using to spot clean them without removing and washing? I just bought the Pb fabric cleaner and in 2 sprays and a light rub with a white cloth it turned it a shade of PINK! I get that I should have tested for color fastness but jeez though PB would sell a product that could be used on white given they highly recommend/advertise the white performance fabrics these days. So.. what is your secret for those “quick cleans?!!?” Thanks!

        • Hi Kelly! Did you contact PB about it turning pink after using their product? I would certainly do that and see if they can make it right. I usually just wash the entire thing when it’s getting grimy, but a couple of times I have used Shout for stains. I would contact PB soon so they can make it right for you! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Sara says:

    I started this process last night with my first batch of slipcovers, and they look amazing! I had almost given up on my PB couch it was so dingy and gross. The bleach water was brown by the time they finished soaking, but they look fantastic! It’s definitely bought me at least another 6 months with it.

  • Brooke says:

    We just purchased this in the sectional. So exciting and I love our sofa! Thank you for the cleaning tips.
    Have you ever just washed one cover at time? I have one that needs attention.
    Love the Blog!

    • Hi Brooke! You’ll love the sofas! So yes, we have once in a while washed only one cover that had a stain. Unfortunately, when we put it back on, it’s very evident that it had been washed compared to the others. Thanks so much for visiting the blog! I’m so happy you liked it!

  • Can I professionally clean my twill slipcover while on frame?

    • Hi Maureen! Do you have removable covers? If you do, I would recommend taking them off prior to cleaning. If they’re not removable, then it would be best to consult with Pottery Barn to make sure you know exactly how to properly clean them. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Jeanne says:

    I’ve had my PB Comfort sofa and love seat with the warm white denim slipcovers for almost 7 years now. I have been bleaching them the entire time, usually twice a year. I pretreat my stains with a mixture of 1 part dawn dish detergent, 1 part baking soda, 2 parts hydrogen peroxide (this mixture has literally reomoved every stain including blackberries, blood, and coffee). I then run them through the washer once with bleach and detergent, and a second time with just laundry detergent and no bleach to get the bleach out of the fabric. They come out beautiful! The only downfall is the 7 years of bleaching has taken it’s toll on the fabric and weakened it, finally causing one of my slipcovers to rip the last time I laundered them, and it does cause the fabric to eventually look a little more worn like jeans do!

    • Hi Jeanne! That is so funny, wouldn’t you know that after so many years, one of my covers finally has a tear in it as well!! It happened the last time I washed them. They still look great though, so we’ll hold on to them as long as possible. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  • Barbara Crowley says:

    Did you purchase the down filled cushions for your pottery barn sofa?

    • Hi Barbara! The sofa itself does not have down filled cushions. They are firm but very comfortable. I do have down filled throw pillows on there, but it bugs me that the feathers stick out sometimes and poke you in the back! Hope this answers your question. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Lauren says:

    Do you just use one cap full of detergent per load? I bought the basic sofa&loveseat in warm white in April..last night was my first attempt at cleaning since they were fairly grimey, not to mention my hubby let the toddler on the loveseat with a chocolate pretzel stick 😑 I had not yet found your post, but I did wash per PB’s instructions & the loveseat covers came out streaky and splotchy as if parts were turning white white while others were remaining the original warm white color but I did not use bleach. This morning I washed the sofa the same way and unfortunately it happened again. I’m going to try your method tomorrow but I’m wanting to make sure I do it exactly right. Thnx!

    • Hi Lauren!! Yes, I use detergent up to the max line in my machine, not any more than that. I hope you’re able to get them nice and clean! Ugghh, chocolate pretzel stick, my heart sank a bit! Hahaha!! Let me know how it goes! Thanks for stopping by!

      • Lauren says:

        Thnx!! Yes I hope so too! The chocolate did come out in that first wash but I’m scratching my head at what in thee world this splotchiness is all about..I’ll keep ya posted 😅🤪

        • Lynn says:

          Lauren, I am having the same issue-washed the cream colored slip covers for the first time and they came out streaky! What did you do? I’m so sad!

  • Jamie R says:

    We are tackling this today using your instructions. We have soft white denim PB slipcovers, too! I’m half way through the soaking in the tub and some of the stubborn grime is still there. Should I be worried? 😬Thank you for these tips! Pottery barn care instructions didn’t touch stains before!

    • Hi Jamie! Glad you found this helpful! I was just thinking I need to clean mine this week!! Let it finish soaking and see how it goes. Usually, for tough stains I use Shout, but for the general grime, the soak and the wash usually work. Please let me know how it goes! Thank you for stopping by the blog!

  • Sandy says:

    Great post, Valerie! I don’t own a PB sofa, but was considering one because I love PB, and they are so pretty! BTW, your house looks gorgeous! I am nowhere near your level in decor and such! We are pretty relaxed, lol (no, I just don’t have the eye for it!)! Anyway, I have 3 white slipcovered denim-ish (maybe canvas?) bar stools from Ikea that are starting to yellow. We’ve had them for years and usually just toss them in the washer. I’m going to try your method and see what happens. Nothing to lose! 😀

    • Thank you, Sandy!! I appreciate your comment about my home! I love decorating, organizing and switching things up! Yes, I love my couches! They’re so sturdy. Everything from PB is! Let me know if you try cleaning your slipcovers! Fingers crossed that it works. Thanks for stopping by Sandy!

  • Kari Williams says:

    DO you steam the covers to get wrinkles out .

    • Hi Kari! We do steam the bottom part of the covers (the flaps that touch the floor). The cushion covers don’t get wrinkled if you put them on slightly damp. Hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Debbie says:

    I, too, have the white denim pottery barn slipcovers; I finally got up the nerve to buy them after many years of having paprika-colored slipcovers on my PB Basic armchair, ottoman and loveseat. Having had numerous pets who, at various times over the years, have thrown up (and done other assorted nightmarish things) on the furniture, I discovered that the cushions underneath (I have the down-covered foam) have disgusting yellow stains.

    Do you have any recommendations for cleaning those? I called PB and they said the cushions can’t be cleaned but can be replaced (sans slipcovers) but the cost is about $100 each. I’ve also bleached my slipcovers and they looked great but when I put them back on the furniture slightly damp the icky color from the yellowed cushions bled through…ugh…so I washed ’em again and then didn’t put them back on until they were dry – and they did shrink and pulling them back over the furniture was exhausting; I actually worked up a sweat.

    Any advice you can give would be so greatly appreciated. Just as an aside, today I cleaned (and ironed – I must be insane!) all of the slipcovers and then not ten minutes later I dropped my iced coffee and it splattered all over them – I just started laughing because I knew if I didn’t I would cry 🙂

    • Hi Debbie! Thanks for your comment, you made me laugh. The same thing happened to us recently. We had just washed the covers and my husband was drinking coffee on the couch. The dog jumped up on him and coffee went all over the couch! Not fun! I have never had to clean the inner cushions. I do remember spot cleaning a few times. Any way to turn them over or are both sides equally bad? I wonder if the stains came from your old covers? If you feel like it’s a lost cause and you’ll probably end up buying the replacements, then I personally would try a light spray mixture of water and bleach. Spray it a bit and then put them out in the sun. Again, I have no idea how they will react to this, so I’d use it as a last resort. As an aside, I’ve been using this spray called Urine Gone (As Seen on TV) I get it at the pet section at Target. It’s a black spray bottle. It’s really good for pet accidents. I have one rug in my home where my super old cat has decided to pee on. It has worked great for us! Hope all this helps in some way!! Let me know how it goes! Thanks again for stopping by!

  • Katy says:

    We also have Potterybarn couches with kids and dogs and have had them for years in white. Your post was very helpful! I noticed you mentioned about keeping the cushions zipped when you washed them. Does that help prevent the black lines after washing that I sometimes find?

    • Hi Katy! The reason we close the zippers is to avoid all the strings on the edge of the zippers coming off. We didn’t think about the zippers causing black lines but that makes sense, I can see that happening. We’ve never had any streaking so maybe the zippers being closed has helped!

  • Jenny Letellier says:

    I too have the slip covered roll arm comfort couches from PB! Mine are in Walnut color, and I wash them the same, minus the bleach. Place slipcovers back on couch damp as well. So far, every stain has come out of mine, I’ve had for a few years well. I WANT to buy new slip covers in Denim Warm White. I have had the fabric swatch from PB propped on a candle for like 18 months now as I keep checking to see if I still like the color. LOL. After reading about your success in keeping them clean, I am sold! Thanks!

    • Hi Jenny! Thanks for stopping by! I love the denim warm white fabric and we definitely are happy that it cleans so well!! I’m happy that I could help you make a decision!! Let me know when you get them how much you love them! Have a great rest of your Sunday!

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