Cleaning Up the Fireplace: How to Wash Throw Pillows

If you are not excited about the title of this post, well then I don’t really know what to tell you. It’s not one of those posts where I show you how I painted our bedroom. Or made a dresser look brand new. Or how I attempted to do a one-day bathroom reno.

Instead, this truly is about washing throw pillows. And maybe a little bit about cleaning our painted fireplace.

I don’t know about you, but I love throw pillows. They are a great way to bring color, design, and texture into a room. A few months back when I was redoing our fireplace for our living room, I blogged about choosing throw pillows for the fireplace. There is a bench on our fireplace and we really love having that bench there. It provides a lot more seating in the living room which we utilize every week when we have our home group from church. But the thing is, it’s brick. It’s not very comfortable.

IMG_8806That’s why we have the pillows there for people to sit on or against to make sitting there for couple hours not so bad. But over time, the pillows have gotten a little… Dingy. Part of the reason is because one of our dogs, Zoe, likes to stand up on the brick seat to look out the windows.

So I had noticed in the past few weeks the pillows didn’t look quite as bright as a used you and had some visible dirt marks on them. I decided it was time to do something about it.

IMG_9596 IMG_9597Most of the pillows in general in our living room are slipcovers. Which makes it very easy to wash them. However, the ones that flank the fireplace are not slipcovered. And of course, I had taken the huge tags off of them. But after doing a little research on Pinterest, I wasn’t so scared about sticking these guys in the washing machine.

IMG_9598I used a pre-wash stain remover on a few of the pillows where I could see visible dirt. I just rubbed it on and watched the dirt come right off. That made me so happy. I especially noticed it on some of the edges of our white pillows.

IMG_9600I stuck the huge European pillows in one of the time because I wanted then to get a good washing and not to get too crowded and it somehow affect the look of the stuffing inside. But I did stick the  slipcovers in with it.

I didn’t use very much detergent for fear that it wouldn’t all get rinsed out. I did the wash cold on the delicate cycle per the instructions I read online.

IMG_9601After the cycle was over, which wasn’t very long, I immediately put it all in the dryer. I used the low heat setting on tumble dry and had to run that a few times before it was all dry. It’s very important to get the pillows completely dry, or else they could get moldy and smelly. And that sounds pretty gross to me.

Now, I will say that the entire pillow washing process was a long one. I obviously wasn’t slaving away to clean them, but I had to keep sticking pillows in the wash then running the dryer over and over to get them dry. I did this over a couple of days whenever we were home for a length of time.

While the pillows were being washed, I decided it was a good time to clean the fireplace.  I’ve cleaned it before and typically use a vacuum attachment, but that just picks up loose dirt. I figured I might as well get it super clean.

I used our household cleaner and a rag to spray and wipe off the entire seat of the fireplace. I noticed a huge difference right away. It was so much brighter, and obviously cleaner.

IMG_9612When the pillows came out, especially the big beige European pillows, they were so much brighter. And I didn’t see any dirt stains. It made the whole area look clean again. Almost like new.

IMG_9610 IMG_9608Now that I’ve done this and am not intimidated by the fear of washing my pillows. I know I’ll do it again, and probably more frequently. I’m sure it’s not a great idea to wash the pillows super often, but it’s a good thing to do regularly to keep them nice and clean so they last a long time.



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