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Old 09-12-2018, 10:03 AM   #1
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How can I clean these green throw pillows

We actually use the throw pillows that came with our 2014 Serenity... and, by now we have used them enough that they have some 'spots' here and there.

I've taken them to two area cleaners, and they "don't do throw pillows" ... the last cleaners I visited suggested throwing them in our washing machine with some Woolite, then drying on "delicate" until dry.

Surely, I'm not the only person to have this dilemma...

So, what do I do to get these things clean again?
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Old 10-04-2018, 08:29 AM   #2
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First, what are the pillows stuffed with? A solid foam block is most common, but some use small foam pieces, and one cylinder shaped pillow on my Eddie Bauer even has excelsior (small wood chips) down feathers? Not likely in an Airstream. Poly fill down substitute? Probably not... that is usual for bed pillows, not decorative ones. It is very common to have dry clean only fabric over fill that should not be dry cleaned at all. Your carpet and upholstery cleaning services can use foaming cleansers or "steam clean" the pillows, or you may be able to remove the covers for cleaning.

Of course there is no guarantee that your pillows are constructed the same way mine were, but LOOK at all four edge seams, and if one has a top stitched seam set very close to the binding (round trim piece) that is the seam which was left open until after the pillow form was stitched inside. Use a thread picker to remove that seam, pull the form out and dryclean or launder the cover, then restuff the pillow and resew the seamusing a zipper foot to get close to the trim. If you don't sew, perhaps you can find a neighbor or friend to help.

OTOH, just replacing the pillows is not a bad idea. Airstream does not use the highest quality foam or fabric, or even fabrication.... so redecorating is definitely an option.

Something I picked up here: I've reupholstered and slipcovered several pieces of furniture, but never thought about the difference between fabric for a cushion (top, side and bottom pieces) and a square or rectangular pillow (top and bottom piece only). Mass manufactired pillows have "ears" or protruding corners because the fabric is cut and sewn with square corners... and the cushion doesn't fill them because it is tapered at all four edges. Really beautifully tailored pillow covers are cut with corners that are tapered inward gently. If there is an absolute formula on how much to taper the corners, I am unaware of what it is. On a 12 inch square pillow I usually take about 1 inch out of the last 3 inches of each corner... more for a very thick, firm cushion. I use a French Curve to draw then sew the corners consistently.

Well TMI again. Too many choices.
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Depends on the stain too (I used to be a dry cleaner many decades ago ). Paula’s advice to de-stuff and dry clean is good. No matter the stain, to “de-spot” it will require different chemicals which will then need to be evenly washed or dry cleaned out of the pillow case. You could try working the spot directly but whatever you treat it with will spread across the fabric.

For example - if it’s a protein stain, ammonia will get it out - by then you have to get the ammonia out.
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Might try a spray-on cleaner for carpets, vacuuming when dry.

I that doesn’t do it, I’m with recovering them.

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Old 10-04-2018, 10:36 AM   #5
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Give them away or toss.

Labor costs incl comments here are already breaking the budget!

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