Let me preface this by saying that
I know we are talking about a sofa here.
No one is dying here and everyone is in one piece.
I have perspective,
trust me there are plenty of “real” issues to keep the balance.
That being said…
I am JUST SICK about my sofa.
I think It is ruined.
and I think…..
I ruined it.
….this is what I did:
first, I just took all the cushions off, the two that got muddied and
the other two so they would be the same amount of faded,
if indeed they did fade.
I decided that I could put a pillow in front of the body of the sofa
slipcover and did not want it to look shabby, which is what could happen if I washed it.
The cushion washed okay.
The stain required two runs through it never came out and in fact, the mud got on the nice clean cushions so I ended up with 4 kind of dirty looking cushions.
Oh and did I mention, the color no longer matched the body of the sofa.
Now I decided to read all of the suggestions and some recommended using tide powder and making a paste and applying that to the stubborn area,
and letting sit for 1-3 hours.
Someone else suggested oxyclean and the online chat rooms swore by it so I decided to combine the suggestions, make a paste out of oxyclean and apply it
for one hour.
In the meantime I put the body of the sofa in the washer
The body washed up fine, I dried it for 15 minutes and then put it back on damp so it would stretch back on and then I put the cushions in the
washer with the paste.
When they finished I went to check on them and found that the area I
had pasted, was MUCH whiter than the rest of the cushions, like it was stained
white…or like when you spill bleach on your jeans.
no problem, I tried to tell myself, I ran it through TWO more times, with oxyclean in the whole wash.
I then took the wet cushions outside and lay them on a big sheet in the bright sun, to dry and hopefully bleach out all over.
When I put them back on, I found that the white stain is still very prominent and
on one of the cushions, there is a hole developing along the zipper from being washed and beaten up for two days.
This is as far as I have gotten.
I put the cushions back on and I really can’t imagine that this is going to get better. New slip covers from Pottery Barn, which is where the sofa is from, are
1/2 the cost of the sofa. I can’t do that.
I just am so bummed.
I wish so bad I had just turned the sofa cushion over!!! No one would have been the wiser and I would not have a blotchy, shrunken, pilly, holey
sofa that I got 3 weeks ago.